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The Land of Fire to the Land of Forever

Best time to travel
Nov – Apr
Ideal length
14 nights
Perfect for
Couples

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Fukuoka and home from Taipei.
  • All internal flights, private transfers, bullet and express train tickets, car hire and shared ferry tickets.
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Yufuin, Taketomi Island and Taipei.
  • Privately guided city tours of Fukuoka and Nagasaki as well as a guided street food tour in Taipei.
  • Luxury luggage forwarding service to make your journey comfortable and convenient.
  • Orientation meeting in Fukuoka where you will be provided with a portable Wi-Fi device, in-depth recommendations and maps as well as your PASMO pass for the metro.
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Introduction

Set out on an exploration of Japan and Taiwan, venturing through landscapes and cities that are less-known to the western world. From the island city of Fukuoka to the secluded shores of Tatetomi Island, the hot spring resort of Yufuin to the chaotic side streets of Taipei, this suggested itinerary promises a wonderful blend of chaotic and relaxing discoveries.

Luxury bespoke services

Japan and Taiwan’s incredible culture and character are wonderfully rewarding but difficult to discover. With OROKO, we have visited both countries numerous times and know what it takes to ensure the most seamless experience. Combatting language barriers and distinct cultural differences, it is paramount to have experience and luxury services on your side. That is why we have partnered with outstanding local guides and arranged comprehensive services like portable Wi-Fi devices, in-depth recommendations and maps, transport passes, seat selection aboard bullet trains and luxury luggage forwarding services. We will be with you every step of the way.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Fukuoka, a city on the island of Kyushu.
Your private driver will transfer you to your hotel for your two-night stay. You’ll receive an in-depth welcome orientation as well as your subway pass, portable Wi-Fi device with unlimited data and in-depth maps and recommendations.
Explore Fukuoka on a privately guided tour.
With your local guide, visit the city’s most renowned sites including the 17th-century Fukuoka Castle, Shofukuji Temple and the peaceful Ohori Park. Renowned for its tonkatsu ramen culture, we’ll take you to one of Fukuoka’s finest ramen bars.
Ramen Japan
Transfer to Nagasaki, via express train.
You’ll spend two nights in a contemporary hotel that offers outstanding cuisine and panoramic views over Nagasaki Bay. We recommend visiting Mt Inasa and relaxing in the Fukunoyu Onsen for spectacular vistas, especially at nightfall.
Nagasaki at night
Enjoy a guided tour of Nagasaki.
Highlights include a visit to Glover Garden, an attractive garden and open-air museum situated on a slope above the city, which boasts stunning views over Nagasaki and the harbour. Continue to Dejima, Koshi-byo, Nagasaki's Confucian Shrine and the vibrant Chinatown.
Nagasaki gardens
Transfer to the 17th-century city of Kumamoto, via express train.
Allow us to arrange a privately guided tour during your one night stay. Visit sites like the beautiful gardens of Suizenji, Lafcadio Hearn’s Former Residence and the grounds of Kumamoto Castle.
Kumamoto Castle japan
Drive to the onsen resort of Yufuin, via Mount Aso and Kuju Mountains.
Collect your rental car and embark on a scenic drive towards Yufuin, where you’ll spend two nights in a historic ryokan. Explore the spectacular landscapes that surround, bathe in the natural onsen and visit the Onta Pottery Village.
Mount Aso Japan
Depart for Taketomi Island, via plane and ferry.
Arrive on the tropical island of Taketomi and settle into your beachside accommodation for your three night stay. The island is surrounded by crystal clear waters and coral reefs, making it an excellent location for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing.
Taketomi Island
Depart for Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.
Privately transfer to your contemporary hotel for your three night stay. Set out on a foodie tour of the vibrant streets, famed for flavour-packed dishes like beef noodle soup, spicy hot pot, century eggs, soup dumplings and scallion pancakes. This is the last stop on your trip before you fly home!
Liberty Square Taipei
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.
Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

Where to rest your head

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Hotel Okura Fukuoka

Hotel Okura Fukuoka

Hotel Okura Fukuoka is a contemporary property situated in the Hakata Ward of Fukuoka. Ideally situated, it is surrounded by shops, restaurants and city landmarks. The downtown hotel offers modern facilities like an indoor pool, fully equipped gym and spa services. It houses a total of nine dining spaces including a selection of buffet and à la carte restaurants.

Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel & Resort

Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel & Resort

Garden Terrace is a stylish contemporary hotel situated in the beautiful surroundings of Mount Inasa. Luxury interiors feature the perfect balance between traditional Japanese and modern Nordic design features. Garden Terrace’s spectacular infinity pool offers uninterrupted views over Nagasaki Bay. It is the ideal place for an afternoon of relaxation, as is the bathhouse and luxury spa. There are four elegant restaurants, three of which specialise in specific types of Japanese cuisine: tempura, sushi and teppanyaki.  The fourth restaurant is a contemporary French eatery with beautiful bay views.

ANA Crowne Plaza Kumamoto New Sky

ANA Crowne Plaza Kumamoto New Sky

As the name may suggest, ANA Crowne Plaza is housed in a futuristic high-rise building in the heart of Kumamoto. Situated in Chuo Ward, it overlooks the Shirakawa River and surrounding skyline. Facilities include a fitness and wellness centre, two restaurants and a bar. The perfect base for exploring, it is just a short walk from landmarks like Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art and Kumamoto Castle.

Tama No Yu Yufuin

Tama No Yu Yufuin

Once a sanatorium for Zen priests, the Tama No Yu Yufuin has since been converted into a countryside ryokan. An ode to its historic roots, interiors retain a traditional Japanese style. The hotel features a small souvenir shop, Japanese-style restaurant and a charming tearoom and bar. Guest rooms are spacious and feature an authentic Japanese living room, western bedroom and private onsen.

Hoshinoya Taketomi

Hoshinoya Taketomi

Hoshinoya’s luxury hideaway resort lies on the island of Taketomi. Part of the stunning Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park, the boutique property is fringed by verdant forest and the shores of the East China Sea. The island is surrounded by crystal clear waters and coral reefs, making it an excellent location for snorkelling. Guests can also partake in immersive experiences like weaving workshops and sanshin lessons. Dotted around the estate are a small selection of guest rooms, which are housed within individual cottages enclosed in private walled gardens.

W Taipei

W Taipei

Set in the vibrant district of Xinyi lies the luxury hotel W Taipei. The modern property is housed within a striking high rise building. Interiors are stylish and feature floor to ceiling windows for optimum views over the city. The rooftop houses a spacious pool with outstanding city views. Further facilities include a luxury spa and fitness centre. A hotel that is all about having fun, there are several bars including the poolside WET Bar, WOOBAR and the panoramic bar of Yen, which also offers afternoon tea.

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