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Discover Kyushu - Karatsu Kunchi Festival & Autumn Leaves

Fully Escorted

Local Cuisine

Handpicked Hotels

Private Transportation

No Options Sold

per person
2024/2025/2026 AUTUMN LEAVES TOURS


Tour Code: GTW607419

Discover Kyushu - Karatsu Kunchi Festival & Autumn Leaves

12 days 11 nights

fromUSD $5998.00 (Limit to 24 guests)


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Single Supplement: USD $1180.00

Book one of AJT's Discover Kyushu tours for a 12-day experiential journey through Kyushu Island, with one day set aside to attend the thrilling Karatsu Kunchi Festival.

Discover the authentic history and culture of Kyushu Island on one of AJT's Discover Kyushu itineraries, featuring the Karatsu Kunchi Festival! Our Discover Kyushu Tours aim to introduce travelers to the real Kyushu Island in an unforgettable way, delving into all the fascinating history, cultural delights, and natural splendor that this incredible island has to offer. We explore the major destinations of Nagasaki, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, and Beppu, but also less visited destinations including Karatsu, Chiran, Ibusuki, Takachiho, and Yakushima Island.

The tour begins with a day at the exhilarating Karatsu Kunchi Festival, witnessing the exciting Day 2 events where a group of massive floats are pulled along the beach by large teams of locals to the sound of loud chants, "En-ya, Enya!" and "Yoi-sa! Yoi-sa!", in a thrilling once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. From there, our tour continues through Kashima to Nagasaki, tasting sake at a local brewery, seeing an impressive hilltop shrine, and touring Nagasaki's must-see sights, including the Peace Park and Museum, Glover Garden, Oura Church, and the Dejima District. We next make our way to Kagoshima via Kumamoto, where we stop to see grand Kumamoto Castle and beautiful Suizenji Garden, before arriving in the Kagoshima area. While there, we take a stroll in Senganen Garden, stop in Chiran to see the Samurai District and the Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots. Then we take a sand bath in Ibusuki, before going to the UNESCO World Heritage Yakushima Island. This island is famed for its Yakusugi Cedar Trees, and the tour features 2 days on the gorgeous island, during which we enjoy its natural beauties and Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine, Yakusugi Land Nature Park, and Seibu Rindo Forest Path. The tour continues to Takachiho, a town steeped in Shinto legend and myth, where we see sacred sites connected with the Shinto religion and watch a Kagura Evening Dance. As the tour draws to a close, we spend a day in Beppu to see the famed Beppu Hells: hot spring pools with fascinating natural features. You can also eat food that has been cooked in the steam of the hot springs. We end the tour with a visit to a wild monkey nature park and one last Shinto shrine before finishing the tour in Fukuoka.

Discover immersive and exciting Kyushu experiences on AJT’s Discover Kyushu Tour with Karatsu Kunchi Festival. The tour includes all hotel accommodations (some Japanese style), transportation via private coach bus, and full escort by one of our friendly, professional English- speaking guides. Please browse our detailed itinerary below for more information.

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Dates & Price


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Sat. Nov 2, 2024 Wed. Nov 13, 2024 USD $5998.00

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Sun. Nov 2, 2025 Thu. Nov 13, 2025 USD $5998.00

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Mon. Nov 2, 2026 Fri. Nov 13, 2026 USD $5998.00

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Please Note:

All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!

We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.


We require US$200 deposit per person to hold the space at time of booking and the final payment is due 2 month prior to departure.

What's included

  • • 9 nights Western style and 2 nights Japanese style accommodation
  • • Meet and greet upon arrival at Fukuoka Airport
  • • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • • Private coach transfers between destinations in Japan
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 7 lunches and 5 dinners

  • Admission fees and activities
  • • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

What's NOT included

  • • International Airfares
  • • Meals that are not included in the itinerary
  • • Travel Insurance
  • • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills

Additional Information


Travel by private coach between destinations, hassle free baggage handling.

Arrival Departure Airports

This tour starts and finishes in Fukuoka for arrivals and departures at Fukuoka Airport (FUK).

Meal Requests

Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.

Meet and Greet

Please note that the meet and greet and airport transfer to the first hotel is ONLY available on the first day of the tour after 11 AM. If you plan to stay extra nights before the start of the tour, we will provide full instructions in advance for you to transfer to your hotel on your own.

Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Arrive in Fukuoka
  • Day2   Fukuoka - Karatsu - Ureshino Onsen
  • Day3   Ureshino Onsen - Kashima - Nagasaki
  • Day4   Nagasaki
  • Day5   Nagasaki - Kumamoto - Kagoshima
  • Day6   Kagoshima - Chiran - Ibusuki - Kagoshima
  • Day7   Kagoshima - Yakushima
  • Day8   Yakushima
  • Day9   Yakushima - Kagoshima - Takachiho
  • Day10   Takachiho - Beppu
  • Day11   Beppu - Usa - Fukuoka
  • Day12   Tour ends

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Fukuoka / Karatsu / Ureshino Onsen / Kashima / Nagasaki / Kumamoto / Kagoshima / Chiran / Ibusuki / Yakushima / Takachiho / Beppu / Usa / Fukuoka

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