Japan:A Closer Look at Kyushu – Part 1Mar 30th, 2009 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Regional Travel Resources
Kyushu is the third largest island in the Japanese archipelago and the southernmost in the chain. The region includes eight prefectures: Fukuoka, Saga, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Oita, Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Okinawa.
If you are planning a trip to the Kyushu region of Japan this guide will get you started with some itinerary suggestions and links to local tourism websites. Part 1 will cover the sights of Fukuoka, Saga, Kumamoto and Nagasaki Prefectures while Part 2, to be published next week, will take a closer look at Oita, Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Okinawa Prefectures.
If sake is more your style, then visit Hakata Hyakunengura, the only sake brewery in Hakata.
Visit Busoji Temple, the oldest temple in Kyushu, year round or make the trip in June to see the wisteria.
Take a slow cruise of Yanagawa in a rustic donko-bune boat.
Drive the scenic highway to Itoshima Peninsula and take in the view or go surfing.
Relax in one of the many onsen located near Fukuoka. .
Explore the trading houses (igura-ya) and other historic buildings in Yoshii Town.
Take in one of the exhibits at the Fukuoka Art Museum.
For more itinerary suggestions fro Fukuoka Prefecture visit the Japan National Tourism Organization’s Fukuoka pages, Fukuoka/Hakata Tourist Information or Welcome to Fukuoka. Also check out Fukuoka Talk, a site that is working hard to compile a list the best places in and around Fukuoka for the local, ex-patriot, or traveler.
Visit Yoshinogari Historical Park to see the largest ditch-surrounded settlement of the Yayoi period in Japan. Attend a workshop to make Sekkenseki or Kourouseki stone pendants or learn how to make a earthenware flute.
See Yukota Inari-jinja in Kashima City and one of the largest shrines in Japan dedicated to the god of business prosperity.
Explore the natural beauty of Karatsu where you can find the Nanatsugama Caves formed by the rough waves of the Genkai Sea.
Relax at an onsen in Takeo and Ureshino and explore this area that is famous for green tea.
Visit Arita to see ancient kilns be sure to bring home some of the porcelain produced in the area.
Visit the active volcano at Mt. Aso and take a cable car to Naka-dake peak, only steps away from the crater’s edge.
Visit the onsen of Kurokawa to try outdoor bathing.
Explore scenic Kikuchi Valley where the water temperature is around 13 degrees Celsius even in summer and where a number of waterfalls and crystal clear streams abound.
Take a walking tour of Kumamoto City and stroll around Kumamoto Castle or follow in the footsteps of famous writers or shop to your hearts content.
Browse the Japan National Tourism Organization’s Kumamoto pages or Manyou Kumamoto to plan your trip to Kumamoto Prefecture.
Visit the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum to see the city before and after the bombing in August of 1945.
See the Spectacles Bridge, a picturesque stone arched bridge built in 1634, that gets its name from its resemblance to a pair of spectacles when the arches of the bridges are reflected as ovals on the surface of the Nakajima River.
Explore the striking vermilion Chinese temples along Tera-machi street in Nagasaki.
Relax on the beaches of Iki, a 133 square-kilometer island located in the Sea of Genkai, and try some mugi-shochu, a distilled alcoholic drink made from barley, that was first made here.
Visit Shimabara, the city of fish, where over 1,500 koi can be found swimming in the city’s ponds and wander down an old samurai street.
The Japan National Tourism Organization’s Nagasaki pages, Welcome to Nagasaki and the Nagasaki City Tourism Guide offer more great information for those planning a trip the the area.
Articles in the Japan: A Closer Look series:
- Japan: A Closer Look at Hokkaido
- Japan: A Closer Look at Tohoku – Part 1 & Part 2
- Japan: A Closer Look at Chubu – Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3
- Japan: A Closer Look at Kanto – Part 1 & Part 2
- Japan: A Closer Look at Kanto – Kanagawa
- Japan: A Closer Look at Kanto – Tokyo Practicalities
- Japan: A Closer Look at Kanto – Tokyo – Part 1 & Part 2
- Japan: A Closer Look At Tokyo:Lesser Known Facts And Figures
- Japan: A Closer Look at Kansai – Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3
- Japan: A Closer Look at Chugoku – Part 1 & Part 2
- Japan: A Closer Look at Shikoku