Kyushu island is Japan’s third largest island, located in the southwest of the country. It has a population of 13,197,326 people in 2010 and an area of 42190.90 km².
Area: 36, 753 km²
Height: 1, 791 m
Islands group: Japanese archipelago
Kyushu is the third largest island in Japan, which lies to the southwest of the main island of Honshu. It is the Japanese cultural center that Kyushu offers many historical treasures, modern cities and natural beauty.
Information on Kyushu Island
Kyushu is Japan’s third largest island among the four major islands. Kyushu consists of seven provinces (regions): Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki and Kagoshima. Each area is distinguished by its own personality and beautiful places frequented by
tourists from all over the world. As of 2006, the population of Kyushu is about 132,199,535, covering 35,640 square kilometers (13760 square miles).
It is also known that Kyushu is the third largest island in Japan, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea. Kyushu has the largest number of Japanese sources of authentic hot springs, sponsored by resorts and onsenes (hot springs) by volcanoes in the natural and dynamic region. The island is stopped as an ancient gate to the outside, which helps promote Kyushu’s rich culture of cuisine, next to the World Heritage and many other charming aspects. Residents of Kyushu are renowned for their unrivaled Japanese hospitality and dedication to customer service.
Kyushu is a wonderful island, with a distinctive destination alongside the warmth of its people, and easy access to stunning locations, all of which combine to offer the perfect destinations for holidays.
Fukuoka Airport is one of the most popular long-distance destinations on flights to Kyushu, with direct flights to Amsterdam (Netherlands),
Bangkok (Thailand) and Beijing (China).
From Fukuoka International Airport you can reach Fukuoka city center and other Kyushu areas quickly and easily.
The island is a mountainous area with the most active Japanese volcanoes, at Mount Aso at an elevation of 1,591 meters (5220 feet) on Kyushu. There are many other signs of tectonic activity, including many areas of hot springs. One of the most famous places on the island is the east coast, around Mount Aso, in the center of Kyushu where the island is separated from Honshu and the Canton Strait.
The name of Kyushu comes from the nine ancient areas of Saikaid which are located on an island: Chikuzen, Chikugo, Hizen, Hugo, Bozin, Banjo, Hyuga, Osumi, and Satsuma.
Today’s island area has become the politically defined area, consisting of the seven provinces of Kyushu Island (which also includes the former Tsushima and Ike as part of Nagasaki), as well as Okinawa Prefecture to the south:
• North of Kyushu
• Fukuoka Prefecture
• Nagasaki Prefecture
• South of Kyushu
• Kagoshima Prefecture
• Okinawa Prefecture
Most of Kyushu’s population is concentrated along the northwest of the country, in the cities of Fukuoka and Kitakyushu, with population corridors extending south-west of Sasebo, Nagasaki and the south in Kumamoto and Kagoshima. With the exception of Oita and Miyazaki, the eastern coast is showing a general decline in the population.
Residents of surrounding cities
Fukuoka (population: 1460000)
Kitakyushu (population: 977,000)
Kumamoto (population: 730,000)
• main cities
• Nagasaki Prefecture
Economy and environment
Part of Kyushu overlooks a subtropical climate. There are major agricultural products on the island such as rice, tea, tobacco, sweet potatoes, and soybeans. Silk is also widely produced. It is noted that the island has various types of ceramics, including Amari, Satsuma, and Karatsu. Heavy industries are concentrated in the north around Fukuoka, Kitakyushu, Nagasaki, and include Oita on chemicals, automobiles, semiconductors, and metal processing.
In 2010, the employment rate of graduates in the region was at the lowest level nationwide, at 88.9%. In addition to a volcanic area in the south, there are large hot clay fountains in the northern part of the island.