Posted on Dec 7, 2018 in Hiroko's Blog

Kunisaki Peninsula with changing leaves

Seriously engaged in drawing patterns on a cup; wonderful art craft activity

Visit to shochu brewery

it looks like a gem; it is katsuobushi

Kyushu with Hiroko Shochu gifts

Vegetable lunch at 170 years old farm house

Before heading to Rotenburo onsen-hopping and sake/shochu hopping; what a fun

Vegetable dish reminded us of persimmon

Hike at Aso cardera; climbing up high gave us a beautiful view

Fun dengaku lunch; sitting around the charcoal fire





Kyushu with Hiroko 2018 with full 9 participants finished a grand tour with great satisfaction.

Please click the below link to see the collection of photos and video.

Activities varied from a special Buddhism service in Kunisaki Peninsula where they this year celebrates 1300th year Rokugo Manzan religious culture, to a Chinese cooking class, plunging in deep Onsen culture everywhere we went, a hike at Mt. Aso, a small boat ride in Kuma River, hiking to one of the most beautiful crater lakes in Kirishima, visits to katsuobushi (dried skipjack tuna) factory and shochu brewery, soaking in the hot sand bath, staying at Christian history-studded Amakusa island, observing how sea salt is made, engaging in art activity, two boat rides between the islands, enjoying a very special Temple Fucha Cuisine at Kofukuji temple, exploring the Dejima (Dutch trading post for 250 years) museum, learning atomic bomb history and riding on Shinkansen high-speed train and local trains. Along with all these experiences we ate through diverse cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner on our way. All accomplished in 12 days.

Below is the photo link to Kyushu with Hiroko 2018. Please enjoy it with family and friends. If you want to be part of the tour in 2019, send Hiroko an e-mail of your interest in the tour next year. Price and detailed information of Kyushu with Hiroko 2019 will be sent to you when available at the beginning of next year. Looking forward to traveling Kyushu with you in 2019!