This scenic full-day tour will give you an opportunity to experience feudal Japan, and marvel at her amazing natural wonders. Begin with a scenic drive from Nagasaki to the Shimabara Peninsula, passing picturesque Ariake Bay. See Unzen Hell, a concentrated area of over thirty sulfur pits and natural steam vents that line the main road to Mt. Unzen, a highly active volcano chain on the Shimabara Peninsula. Easily located by its high dense clouds of ghostly, sulfurous steam, the hot springs of Unzen Hell were a favorite summer resort for European and American residents of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Manila during the 19th century. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Fugen Volcano, part of the Unzen chain. After remaining quiet for over 200 years, Fugen erupted in 1991, burying the small village of Mizunashihonjin and killing 48 people. Today, the ruins of the town are a memorial, where you see the remains of houses through the lava rock and mud. Continue with a stop at Shimabara, a city that flourished in the early 17th century after the construction of the Shimabara Castle. Take a guided tour of the meticulously restored castle, now a museum with displays of old swords, armor and other items from the Edo period, especially those related to the 1637 Shimabara Rebellion, an uprising of Christian peasantry. Following a tour of the castle, take a walking tour of old Shimabara town, with streets and houses preserved as they were hundreds of years ago. Visit a samurai village, where the ways of Japan's warrior class are recreated and kept alive. Reboarding your motorcoach, return to Nagasaki and the ship.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking with a limited number of steps to negotiate. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.