Kyushu

Kyushu

Kyushu is the third largest island and the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan. The climate is slightly warmer and more tropical than Honshu, and the southern and eastern coasts are regularly battered by typhoons each year. The terrain is generally mountainous with very fertile valleys much like the rest of Japan, except for the wide plain area at the top of the island – the location of the largest cities of Fukuoka and Kitakyushu.

Kyushu

Fukuoka Kagoshima Kumamoto Miyazaki Nagasaki Oita Saga
Fukuoka Kagoshima Kumamoto
Miyazaki Nagasaki Oita
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Fukuoka

Fukuoka lies on the northern coast of Kyushu, the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan. The city has a 2,000-year history and has prospered since ancient times as a gateway of Asia. As the 7th largest city in Japan, Fukuoka is the administrative, economic and cultural center of Kyushu. Fukuoka
is a modern city with many hotels and other facilities and also temples, shrines, and other places of cultural and historic interest are carefully preserved. Moreover, it is surrounded by a diverse natural environment boasting numerous mountains, hot springs, seas, and parks located nearby the downtown area. And while Fukuoka offers all the conveniences of a major city, its slower pace allows visitors to relax as well.
Fukuoka boasts exceptional accessibility with over 300 international flights per week to and from more than 20 cities in Asia and beyond, plus of course numerous daily flights to and from airports in Tokyo, Osaka and all other major domestic destinations. Fukuoka is conveniently located as a base for exploring Kyushu, either by highway bus or express train which provide quick connections to such cities as Beppu, Miyazaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima and Nagasaki.

Bayside Place Hakata
This waterfront complex of shops and restaurants is one of Fukuoka’s most popular attractions.
The interior features a large columnar aquariu …  more »
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Canal City Hakata
Opened in 1996, this futuristic city-within-a-city is the first of its kind in Japan.
Centered around a 180-meter canal, it hosts a variety o …  more »
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Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine was established in 905 to deify Michizane Sugawara, a great scholar of Chinese literature who demoted and transferred …  more »
History
Fukuoka Art Museum
From antiquities to modern arts, the museum holds a wide variety of items.
Objects once owned by the Kuroda family, the local feudal lord; th …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Fukuoka Castle Ruins (Maizuru Park)
Fukuoka Castle was originally completed in 1608 by Kuroda Nagamasa, the first lord of Fukuoka Domain.
Some Yagura turrets, Otemon main gate,  …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Fukuoka City Museum
The central theme of the museum is the role Fukuoka city has played as a center of exchange in East Asia.
Many goods that shows the history  …  more »
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Fukuoka City Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Fukuoka City Zoological and Botanical Gardens is in Minami Park, situated on a hill in the southern part of Fukuoka City.
The facilities keep …  more »
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Fukuoka Dome (Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome)
This is Japan’s first multi-purpose dome with a retractable roof, and is used for a number of events, in addition to baseball, such as concer …  more »
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Fukuoka Tower
Fukuoka Tower, a 234 meters tall tower covered with 8,000 half mirrors, is Japan’s tallest coastal tower offering excellent views over adjace …  more »
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Hakata Machiya Folk Museum (Furusato-kan)
Located just in front of Kushida Shrine, the museum presents the life and times of the people of Hakata during the Meiji (1868 – 1912) and Ta …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum
Located next to the Kushida Shrine, this tow-storied wooden building is a home to Fukuoka’s various traditional arts and crafts such as “Haka …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Hakozakigu Shrine
Established in 923 by the Emperor Daigo, the present structures date back to the mid-16th to early 17th centuries.
Hakozakigu Shrine is one o …  more »
History
Komyozen-ji Temple (Koke-dera)
Komyozen-ji Temple, established in 1273, is located at the next to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine.
The temple is also called Koke-dera, or moss temp …  more »
History
Kushida-jinja Shrine
Kushida-jinja, also called “Okushida-san”, is the oldest Shinto shrine in Fukuoka City.
It is thought to have been founded in the year 757, w …  more »
History
Kyushu National Museum
Kyushu National Museum is the 4th national museum opened in 2005 following Tokyo, Nara, and Kyoto.
The museum usually displays approximately  …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Ohori Park
This large park is comprised mostly of a central lake, which originally formed part of the outer moat of Fukuoka Castle.
Around the lake runs …  more »
Park / Garden
Ohori Park Noh Theater
The Noh Theater in Ohori Park has a similar structure with the National Noh Theatre in Tokyo.
The all-cypress Noh stage with 470 seats was bu …  more »
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Seaside Momochi Beach Park
Built on reclaimed land, the park with 1,400 meters long beach is a popular place among locals for walking, swimming and playing sports.

Th …  more »

Park / Garden
Shofuku-ji Temple
Shofuku-ji Temple was established in 1195 by a priest Eisai when he returned to Japan after four years of study in China.
The temple is famou …  more »
History
Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine
Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine in Hakata is the first shrine of 2,129 Sumiyoshi-jinja shrines in Japan and is said to be one of the oldest Shinto shr …  more »
History
Tagawa City Coal Mining Historical Museum
Tagawa City Coal Mining Historical Museum, designated as a UNESCO Memory of the World, introduces the history of the Japanese coal industry.
 …  more »
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Tenjin
Tenjin is Fukuoka’s principal commercial center.
Here there are a large number of shops and department stores (Iwataya, Daimaru and Mitsukosh …  more »
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Tocho-ji Temple
Tocho-ji is the first temple for Shingon esoteric Buddhism in Japan opened by Kukai (Kobo-Daishi).
While the structure is modern, the temple  …  more »
History
Yanagibashi Market
Yanagibashi Market is the best known market in Fukuoka and is very proud of its fresh fish, meat and vegetables.
There are 60 of butcher shop …  more »
Food / Shopping
Yusen-tei Garden
Yusen-tei Garden was originally built in 1754 as a villa for a feudal lord Kuroda Tsugutaka.
Then the garden was rebuilt into a classic Japan …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden

Kitakyushu, Fukuoka

Hiraodai Plateau / Hiraodai Countryside Park
Hiraodai is one of the most well-known karst plateaus in Japan, and offers fascinating views of limestone.
The largest karst plateau in Kyus …  more »
Nature

Kagoshima

Located on the southern tip of Kyushu, Kagoshima has a territory extending about 600km from the prefectural border in the north to the boundary in the south bordering Okinawa. It is endowed with the most spectacular scenery that includes beautiful seas, mountains, rivers, numerous hot springs and a wide variety of flora and fauna. There are also many cultural sites and places of historical interest. There are about 30 islands out at sea far beyond to the south, including Yakushima Island, which was registered as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, the Tokara Islands, a chain of twelve isles of different sizes stretching over a distance of about 162km, and Amamioshima, the second largest isolated island in Japan.

Birthplace of Saigo Takamori and Saigo Tsugumichi
Saigo Takamori was a great contributor to modernization of Japan during the period between late Edo and the Meiji Restoration.
He was born in …  more »
History
Chiran Samurai Residences
This beautiful town of traditional streets is known as “Small Kyoto”.
Samurai residences from the Edo Period (1603 – 1868) still remain here. …  more »
History
Ibusuki Natural Sand Bath
As part of one of the most unique hot spa experiences in the world, visitors lie on the beach wearing a simple, light cotton kimono and are t …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
Ishin Furusato-kan (Museum of the Meiji Restoration)
High-tech exhibitions of this historical tourist facility introduces the history of Kagoshima at the end of Edo period (1603 – 1868) and the  …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Ishin Furusato-no-Michi (Road to the Meiji Restoration)
Ishin Furusato-no-Michi (Road to the Meiji Restoration) is a small road which is located between Takami-bashi bridge and Korai-bashi bridge.
 …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Sakurajima
Sakurajima, a former island located only 4 kilometers from Kagoshima City, is an active volcano with an altitude of 1,117 meters, and its mag …  more »
Nature

Kumamoto

Kumamoto is situated in the center of Kyushu at the western end of Japan. Mt. Aso-san stands in the east and the Chikuhi Mountains lie to the north, while the Shira-kawa River, the Kuma-gawa River, and other rivers flow from the mountains to the western part of the lower current area, forming the Kumamoto Plain and Yashiro Plain. The Uto-hanto Peninsula juts out to the southwest from the Kyushu mainland, and the Amakusa Islands lie beyond the peninsula.

Aso Volcano Museum
The museum features displays of volcanoes and geology, plants and animals, history and folk customs of Aso.
On rainy and restricted entry day …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Aso-jinja Shrine
Aso-jinja shrine, established in 281 B.C., is the head of 450 branch shrines throughout Japan and is designated as a National Important Cultu …  more »
History
Higotai Park
Higotai Park is located at the foot of Mt. Kuju-san.
The park is famous for its collection of flowers and rare species of wild plants native  …  more »
Nature
Kikuchi-keikoku Valley
Kikuchi-keikoku Valley is located in Aso Kuju National Park.
The 4 kilometers long valley was created by the groundwater came from Mt. Aso-s …  more »
Nature
Kusasenri-ga-Hama
You will be amazed by the vast Kusasenri-ga-Hama (785,000 square meters), where a broad swathe of grassland spreads out widely at the foot of …  more »
Nature
Tsujunkyo Bridge
Tsujunkyo Bridge, constructed in 1854, is Japan’s largest stone-arch aqueduct bridge, 75.6 meters in length and 20.2 meters in height.
Visito …  more »
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Miyazaki

Situated in the southeastern part of Kyushu, Miyazaki faces the Sea of Hyuga in the Pacific Ocean in the east and is surrounded by mountains on the other three sides. The north-to-west area bordering Oita and Kumamoto contains the Kyushu Mountains, while the south area bordering Kagoshima has the Kirishima Mountains and the Wanitsuka Mountains. These mountains create a barrier against the winter wind, which, with the effect of the warm Pacific current, keeps the climate of Miyazaki mild.

Ebino-kogen Plateau
Ebino-kogen Plateau is the highest hot spring resort in Kyushu, located at the height of 1,200 meters between Miyazaki and Kagoshima.
Hiking  …  more »
Nature
Horikiri-toge Pass
Horikiri-toge Pass is one of the excellent vantage points along the Nichinan-kaigan coast for surveying its beautiful coastline and the Hyuga …  more »
Nature
Phoenix Seagaia Resort
Phoenix Seagaia Resort is a Pacific Ocean side resort surrounded by pine trees.
This resort boasts four types of accommodation facility, worl …  more »
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Takachiho-jinja Shrine
Takachiho-jinja Shrine is said to have been established over 1900 years ago.
It is the main shrine of 88 shrines in Takachiho.
The shrine’s H …  more »
History
Takachiho-kyo Gorge
The 7 kilometers long cliffs here, formed through the erosion of lava from Mt. Aso, rise to a height of 80 – 100 meters, and display a magnif …  more »
Nature

Nagasaki

Located at the western end of the Japanese archipelago, Nagasaki’s
exotic history is highlighted by its excellent natural environment.
Still remaining throughout Nagasaki are relics of Japan’s early
exchange with the West, including Portugal and the Netherlands, to say
nothing of China. Two national parks — Unzen-Amakusa and Saikai —
together with two quasi-national and six prefectural parks, combine
mountainous and marine aspects to present picturesque sights throughout
the prefecture.

Glover Garden
Sitting in grounds covering approximately 30,000 meters square is the former residence of a Scottish trading merchant, Thomas Glover.
The bui …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Huis Ten Bosch
Huis Ten Bosch is a 1.52 million square meters theme park in Sasebo.
The name “Huis Ten Bosch” literally means “House in the Forest”, and the …  more »
Entertainment
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
At this museum is shown the devastation of Nagasaki immediately after the atomic bombing and the reality of the damage with pictures and reli …  more »
HistoryMuseum / Gallery
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture
Nagasaki has been shaped by a history of cultural and economic exchange with overseas, such as China and Western countries.
Nagasaki Museum o …  more »
HistoryMuseum / Gallery
Ojika Island
Ojika Island was made by an undersea volcano and is called a museum of volcanic activity.
This island can provide the visitor with many inte …  more »
Nature
Twenty-Six Martyrs Monument and Memorial Hall
Twenty-Six Martyrs Monument was erected in memory of 6 foreign missionaries including Saint Pedro Bautista and 20 Japanese Christians who wer …  more »
History
Unzen Nita-toge Pass
Nita-toge Pass, the tourist Mecca of Unzen, is filled with the sight of 10,000 glorious pink Miyama-Kirishima, or Rhododendron kiusianum, in  …  more »
Nature

Oita

Located in the northeast of Kyushu, Oita borders Ehime, with the Hoyo Strait and the Bungo Channel in between, on the east and Yamaguchi across the Sea of Suo on the earth. To the north is a lava plateau, where you can enjoy the dynamic beauty of the Yabakei Gorge and other ravines, like the Aono-domon (“Tunnel of Ao”) made through rocks, with mural precipices and numberless rocks and stones of fantastic shape eroded by rivers running between mountains.

Beppu Onsen Hot Spring
The Beppu Resort, top in Japan for the number of hot spring sources and volume of water discharged, consists of eight areas around, each of w …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
Jinya-no-Mura
Jinya-no-Mura is a complex facility located in Hasama-machi town.
It has accommodation with meeting rooms, a hot spring facility, restaurants …  more »
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Kuju Mountain Range
Kuju Mountain Range, at a level of 1,700 meters, stretches from Kokonoe town to Takeda city.
The mountains are beautifully adorned with pink …  more »
Nature
Mount Kurodake / Oike Pond
Located in the corner of Aso-Kuju National Park, Kurotake Mountain is a treasure trove of old-forest growth and alpine flora.
Its rhododendro …  more »
Nature
Ryumon-no-taki Falls
Ryumon-no-taki Falls located on the Matsugi-gawa river in Kuju-machi town and there is Matsugi Dam upstream.
The double-layered falls is 40 m …  more »
Nature
Tsukahara Onsen Hot Spring
Tsukahara Onsen Hot Spring gushes out from a steam-breathing active crater called “Tukahara-jigoku”, or Tsukahara Hell, on the mountainside o …  more »
NatureSpa / Hot spring
Tsukahara-kogen Plateau
Tsukahara-kogen Plateau is located on the other side of Mt. Yufudake from Yufuin town.
At an altitude of 600 meters, this exhilarating highla …  more »
Nature
Usuki Sekibutsu Stone Buddhas
Usuki Sekibutsu Stone Buddhas are over 60 of stone Buddhist images carved on a natural cliff in Utsuki.
Even though any record about the ston …  more »
History
Yufugawa-keikoku Valley
Yufugawa-keikoku Valley stretches over 12 kilometers between Yufu and Beppu.
It was created by erosion of the Yufu-gawa River over the years. …  more »
Nature
Yufuin Onsen Hot Spring
These springs are situated near the base of Mt. Yufu.
Their plentiful flow of hot water and quiet mountain surroundings have long attracted  …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
Yunohira Onsen Hot Spring
Yunohira Onsen is a hot spring resort located in the middle of Yufu.
Surrounded by the mountains, about 30 of inns and shops lined up along a …  more »
Spa / Hot spring

Saga

Saga is located in the northwestern part of Kyushu. The shoreline of the Higashi-Matsu-ura-hanto Peninsula facing the Sea of Genkai is a saw-toothed coast with many outlying islets sitting in the offing.

Hizen Yumekaido
Hizen Yumekaido is a theme park featuring a reproduction of an inn town on Nagasaki-kaido Road during the Edo Period (1603 – 1868).
There are …  more »
Entertainment
Kawakami-kyo Gorge
Kawakami-kyo Gorge is called “Arashiyama (Kyoto) of Kyushu” because of its beautiful nature – cherry blossoms in spring, green leaves in summ …  more »
Nature
Saga Castle History Museum
Saga Castle History Museum is the largest wooden restoration of a castle in Japan (2,500 square meters).
The building of the museum was origi …  more »
HistoryMuseum / Gallery
Ureshino Onsen Hot Spring
Surrounded by tea plantations and mountains, Ureshino is such a serene and cosy little spa town, though not as picturesque as some more renow …  more »
Spa / Hot spring

Karatsu, Saga

Former Nakao Residence
When whale fishing was active in Yobuko in the Edo Period (1603 – 1868), the Nakao family was prosperous as the chief of the fishermen.
The  …  more »
History
Former Office of Karatsu Bank
Since completed in 1912, this western-style building was used as a bank until 1997.
The building is famous for its connection with an archite …  more »
History
Former Takatori Estate
The mansion with 7,500 square meters ground was originally a former residence of Koreyoshi Takatori, a coal magnate in Karatsu.
Featuring a N …  more »
History
Hikiyama Float Exhibition Hall
Hikiyama Float Exhibition Hall keeps and exhibits fourteen Hikiyama floats, which are used in Karatsu Kunichi Festival and play the main role …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Karatsu Castle (Maizuru Castle)
Karatsu Castle was originally built in 1608, with the materials of demolished Nagoya Castle.
The castle is also called “Maizuru (Dancing Cran …  more »
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Karatsu Furusato Hall 'Arpino'
Karatsu Furusato Hall “Arpino” is a tourist facility which introduces Karatsu city and its local products.
There is an information center an …  more »
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Karatsu-jinja Shrine
Respected by successive feudal lords, Karatsu-jinja Shrine has been spiritually supported by Karatsu’s townsfolk since its establishment in t …  more »
History
Michi-no-Eki Momoyama Tenkaichi Market
Michi-no-Eki Momoyama Tenkaichi Market is a rest house facility located on the National Route 204 near the ruins of Nagoya Castle.
In additio …  more »
Food / Shopping
Mikaeri-no-Taki Waterfall
Located in Ouch, the south of Karatsu City, Mikaeri-no-Taki Waterfall was selected as one of Japan’s 100 Most Beautiful Waterfalls.
The Hydra …  more »
Nature
Nagoya Castle Ruins
Nagoya Castle was built in 1591 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi as the base for his invasions of Korea.
It is said that it was the Japan’s second large …  more »
HistoryPark / Garden
Nishi-no-Mon Yakata
Nishi-no-Mon Yakata is a part of Karatsu castle and provides a resting spot for a castle town walk.
The facility keeps and exhibits cultural  …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Ochawan Kiln Street
Karatsu-yaki ware is known as one of the top three tea sets in Japan, along with Raku-yaki ware in Kyoto and Hagi-yaki ware in Yamaguchi, and …  more »
History
Oura Tanada Rice Terraces
Oura-Tanada Rice Terraces draws an arc toward the water, creating a beautiful landscape.
There are large and small rice paddies set out on th …  more »
HistoryNature
Saga Prefectural Nagoya Castle Museum
Saga Prefectural Nagoya Castle Museum is located inside the remains of Nagoya Castle.
The museum exhibits materials related to the castle as  …  more »
Museum / Gallery
Tashima-jinja Shrine (Sayohime-jinja Shrine)
Tashima-jinja Shrine, located near the Kabeshima Port, enshrines the gods of marine safety and success in business.
It is uncertain when the  …  more »
History
Yobuko Morning Market
Yobuko Morning Market is held on the 200 meters long Asaichi-dori Street in Yobuko every morning.
It is one of the three biggest morning mar …  more »
Food / Shopping

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