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Touring Kyushu

Part 1
Fukuoka and Nagasaki

A journey that will make you feel comfortable and not to be bound to schedule.
We offer a variety of accommodation plans to those ideas.
Experience your summer fun in Kyushu.

Traveling around Kyushu

Fukuoka


To Hakata’s spectacular center

When men start walking the streets of Hakata in traditional Happi coats, summer has arrived in the city. Happi are proper attire for Hakata Gion Yamakasa, a festival with a history of over 770 years. While the annual event takes place on July 1 – 15, the entire city takes on a festive atmosphere from June.

The festival features 1-ton floats that are raced through the city on the final day. Hotel Okura Fukuoka is located across the street from the goal. Rooms on the north side, which offer the best views of the race, are so popular they are fully booked by early spring each year.

Yamakasa
Hakata Gion Yamakasa

The festival’s end heralds the start of high summer in Hakata. The city is at its most pleasant in the evenings, when the air is cooler. Enjoy a musical at the Hakataza the- ater next to the hotel. Or wander down for snacks at street-side vendors for which the city is famous.

When you’ve returned to the hotel, have a glass of delicious craft beer brewed at the hotel.

Hotel Okura Fukuoka

Spend a weekend at Hotel Okura Fukuoka and get to know the essence of Hakata. With direct access to the Nakasu-Kawabata subway station, the hotel is part of the Hakata Riverain, where you can shop and dine as well as enjoy art and entertainment. Be sure to try Hakata Draft, a home-brewed craft beer made right inside the hotel.

  • 3-2, Hakata Riverain, Shimokawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
  • Check-in/Check-out: 14:00/ 12:00
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Hotel Okura Fukuoka: access iconAccess:

  • Direct access from Exit 6 of Nakasukawabata Station From Fukuoka Airport 1. By Train: approx. 10 minutes by subway to Nakasukawabata Station

Hotel Okura Fukuoka: Popular spot iconPopular spot:

  • Fukuoka Dome: Approx. 15 minutes by car or approx. 30 minutes by train or bus
  • Dazaifu Tenmangu (Shinto Shrine): Approx. 40 minutes by car or approx. 1 hour 20 minutes by train

Beautiful night view & locally-made crafts

Hakata offers many great spots for enjoying the city’s spectacular night lights. The best place to stay for visiting many of the scenic sites is Hotel Nikko Fukuoka, which requires only a three-minute walk from JR Hakata station. The Fukuoka Tower, chosen as one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful night view spots, is only about 20 minutes from the hotel by taxi.

Hakata night view
Japanese restaurant Benkay

After checking in, refresh yourself at the Fitness Club. Enjoy a leisurely meal of local dishes at Japanese restaurant Benkay before setting out for some sightseeing. If you‘re interested in locally-made crafts, visit the Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum. Conspicuous among the many exhibits are the Hakata dolls, traditional ceramic figurines notable for their subtle coloring and finely carved details. They represent the unique aesthetics of Japan and as such are very popular souvenir items.

Hotel Nikko Fukuoka

Hotel Nikko Fukuoka is a hotel with direct access to JR Hakata Station via an underground passage. Take advantage of our summer offer that includes discount tickets at the Fitness Club, where you can go to for physical and mental refreshment.

  • 2-18-25, Hakataekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
  • Check-in/Check-out: 14:00/ 12:00
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Hotel Nikko Fukuoka: access iconAccess:

  • From Fukuoka Airport By Train: approx. 3 minutes by walk *Underground Exit P5 is connected directly with Hotel Nikko Fukuoka Airport Station – approx. 5 minutes by subway to Hakata Station – approx. 3 minutes by walk By Car: approx. 15 minutes

Hotel Nikko Fukuoka: Popular spot iconPopular spot:

  • The Kyushu’s best downtown “NAKASU” is 10 minutes by walking.
  • The popular shopping zone “CANAL CITY” is 7 minutes by walking.

Nagasaki


Stop at the famous pottery center, Hasami, on the way to your trip

After enjoying your hotel’s specialty breakfast, leave Hakata for your next destination, the theme park Huis Ten Bosch. It’s only about two hours away by train. Hasami, a famous pottery center, is located close to Huis Ten Bosch. The town has many galleries and potters’ studios exhibiting and selling Hasami ware. Saunter around enjoying the exhibits or try a bit of pottery making and decorating for some hands-on experience of the traditional craft.

hasami town

Hotel Nikko Huis Ten Bosch

Japanese restaurant “Ajisai” at Hotel Nikko Huis Ten Bosch is ideal for dinner. Their dedication to hospitality is reflected not only in their cooking but also in their use of carefully selected bowls and plates made by local Nagasaki potters, including Hasami.

  • 6, Huis Ten Bosch, Sasebo-shi, Nagasaki
  • Check-in/Check-out: 15:00/ 11:00
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Access:

  • From Nagasaki Airport 10 minutes walk from JR Huis Ten Bousch Station

Popular spot:

  • 3 minutes by walk to the entrance of Huis Ten Bosch. Re-entry into the park is also available on the same day through the hotel’s special gate.
illumination displays

Midsummer Night’s Dream at Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch is one of the few places in Japan offering illumination displays even in the summer. The theme park transforms into a wonder- land of light as the sun disappears. The scale of display is such that more than a night is needed to see everything. Rows of illuminated European-style buildings create a magical scene that makes you forget the summer heat.

How about spending the next day at the park’s Water Kingdom, which boasts Japan’s largest “floating playground”? There is also a lounge pool for persons 18 or older, where you can relax on a deck chair. After a fun-filled day at the park, revive yourself in the hot spring bath at Hotel Okura JR Huis Ten Bosch.

Hotel Okura JR Huis Ten Bosch

Hotel Okura JR Huis Ten Bosch offers a special package that includes a 1.5-day passport (admission from 3p.m. on the first day) for Huis Ten Bosch. It’s great for those who think one day is not enough to fully experience the theme park.

  • 10, Huis Ten Bosch-cho, Sasebo-shi, Nagasaki
  • Check-in/Check-out: 15:00/ 11:00
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Access:

From Nagasaki Airport

  • By Express Bus “Huis Ten Bosch”: approx. 60 minutes to Huis Ten Bosch bus stop – approx. 3 minutes by walk
  • By high speed vessel: approx. 50 minutes to Marin Terminal – approx. 7 minutes by bus to Huis Ten Bosch bus stop – approx. 3 minutes by walk

From Fukuoka Airport

  • By Train: approx. 10 minutes by subway to JR Hakata Station – approx. 110 minutes by limited express to JR Huis Ten Bosch Station – approx. 5 minutes by walk

Popular spot:

  • HUIS TEN BOSCH 2 minute by walk

Enjoy one of the world’s top three spots beautiful night views

To wrap up your tour of the Kyushu area, visit Nagasaki, considered one of the world’s top three spots for beautiful night views, along with Hong Kong and Monaco. A little less than two hours is needed to travel from Huis Ten Bosch to Nagasaki by bus or train. Hotel JAL City Nagasaki is located in Shin- chi Chinatown. Check in early so that you have plenty of time to go sightseeing. Dejima and the Shianbashi district are close by. And many other spots of interest are within walking distance.

When the sun dips to the west, climb up to the top of Mt. Inasa. The spectacular view of faraway mountains and islands is a fitting ending to your Kyushu tour.

beautiful night views

Hotel JAL City Nagasaki

A 24-hour stay to let you relax in your hotel room during the hot afternoon hours. Nagasaki’s Chinatown sports illuminated arches at night, adding gaiety and color to the exotic atmosphere.

  • 13-10, Shinchi-machi, Nagasaki-shi, Nagasaki
  • Check-in/Check-out: 14:00/ 11:00
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Access:

  • From Nagasaki Airport By Bus Airport Liner”: approx. 35 minutes to Nagasaki Shin-chi Terminal – approx. 3 minutes by walk Parking: On premise: 43 cars (1000 yen/stay)

Popular spot:

  • Chinatown
  • Tojin Yashiki trace
  • Dejima
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