National Park Trails in Kyushu

An 11-night trip featuring hiking in Kyushu and the Kirishima Yaku National Park. Although not as high as the North or South Alps, the warmer southern island of Kyushu, and the Yakushima island, have opportunities for great hiking. With delicious food and drink, and warm people, the islands are highly recommend if you want to see another side of Japan and get well off-the-beaten track.


Some of the best hiking routes on the southern island of Kyushu
Plenty of hot springs baths to soak away aches after walking!
Kyushu is renowned for its excellent local produce.
Beautiful, contrasting lush and volcanic landscapes in and around the Mount Aso caldera.
Day 1

Meet Osaka. Bullet train to Kumamoto in Kysuhu. Travel by road to Mount Aso area. Stroll before dinner at onsen ryokan.

Overnight Japanese-style mountain inn.

Day 2

Climb Takadake peak on Mount Aso (1,592m). A 5-hour hike around the volcanic formations at the centre of the world’s largest caldera.

Overnight Japanese-style mountain inn.

Day 3

Famous for its azaleas and hot springs, Kuju-san is a cluster of forested volcanic peaks. Start our 2-day hike. Hike to Hokke-in Onsen mountain hut with the highest onsen hot spring baths in Kysuhu.

Overnight mountain hut.

Day 4

Continue hike to Makinoto Pass on the Yamanami Highway. From the end of the hike we’ll transfer by road south to our comfortable inn in Kirishima.

Overnight Japanese-style inn.

Day 5

A pleasant day hike, just 9km, on Ebino Kogen, with crater lakes, steaming vents, and old growth forest along the route.

From the finish of the hike we’ll transfer to Kagoshima.

Overnight hotel.

Day 6

A day in around this pleasant city situated at the southern end of Kyushu on Kagoshima Bay. We’ll take a trip down to Ibusuki where we’ll get shovelled into hot black sand steam baths! A tonic for tired limbs.

Overnight hotel.

Day 7

Jet hydrofoil ferry across to Yakushima, a trip of a couple of hours. There’ll be time to see some of island before we check-in.

Overnight   Inn with cottages


Day 8

All day mountain hiking. A long hike exploring the forests and peaks towards the centre of the island.

Overnight   Inn with cottages

Day 9

A second day on trails through the cedar forests on a different part of the island. Outdoor hot spring baths beside the sea after the hike.

Overnight   Inn with cottages

Day 10

Return flights to Kyushu or Osaka, timing depends on the season as certain flights only operate in summer and early autumn. Tour ends. Onward travel to other parts of Japan.

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