Kyushu, southwest of the main island of Honshu, enjoys mild weather, fertile green countryside, hot springs, mysterious volcanic formations.
Close to Korea and China, Kyushu since the fourth century has been culturally influenced by its ancient neighbors. It was also the first point of contact with the West when the Portuguese arrived here in the sixteenth century.
Fukuoka, which takes six hours by high-speed train (Shinkansen) from Tokyo and three hours from Shin-Osaka, is the Kyushu gate for visitors by train. In recent years, the city has emerged as a strategic point of international exchange with the rest of Asia. The Fukuoka Museum of Asian Art, which is full of excitement and displays Asia “now” is worth visiting.
In Dazayevo, 20 minutes from Fukuoka by car, there are many monuments that tell the ancient cultural history of Japan.
Arita, an hour and twenty minutes from Hakata, is famous for pottery that has a history of more than 400 years. There are about 150 in the area.
Nagasaki is the starting point for Unzen’s visit. Nagasaki is the only city that was open to foreign trade during the Tokugawa Shogunate era when Japan was closed from the world between 1639 and 1859. Nagasaki was also the target of the second nuclear bomb thrown at Japan during the Second World War.
Among the main sights of the city are the Sufukuji Temple, known as the Chinese Temple, the Catholic Ura Church – a national treasure – and the 100-year-old Glover House. She is also known for the monumental scene of the Puccini Opera, Madame Butterfly.
Nagasaki Peace Park (Nagasaki Peace Park) was erected as a memorial to the spot on which the nuclear bomb fell on 9 August 1945, 3 days after the first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
Onsen, which can be reached within two hours of enjoying the race from Nagasaki, is characterized by its high elevations and warm springs on the beach. Jebel Onzin, an active volcano, has three peaks, the highest of which is Vogendaka (1,360 m high). Shimabara is the place where Shimabara Castle was once known. Its rebuilt tower is a museum that displays documents and evidence relating to Christians in the region who stood here for the last time during their struggle against persecution by the Shogunate in 1638.
Kumamoto is 33 minutes by Shinkansen high-speed train from Hakata Station. Major attractions include Kumamoto Castle and Suizengi Park. Kumamoto is the gateway to the Asu Kojo National Reserve, which includes volcanoes such as the world’s largest volcanic crater of Asu Mountain and Kuju Mountain.
Bpo Mineral Springs, a 15-minute train ride from Oita, is located on the east coast of Kyushu. Bbo is a hot mineral spring town known for its muddy volcanic eruptions, where the most active is used to release mud into the air. When public baths are mentioned in hot springs, there are more than a hundred of them – clear evidence that this is one of Japan’s greatest hot springs resorts. Move from one public bath to another and enjoy the many types of hot mineral water.
Miyazaki, 3 hours and 20 minutes by express train from Oita, is a favorite spot for hiking and spending time. The Nishinan Kaygan Nature Reserve is about 100 kilometers along the southern coast of Miyazaki, the most prominent tourist area. The most important places are the small island of Oshima, rich in Peruvian trees and walnuts.
Kagoshima is located 44 minutes by high-speed train (Shinkansen) from Kumamoto. The city is famous for its scenic scenery, historical places and hot springs where the active Sakuragima volcano is located.
An hour’s train ride from Nishi-Kagoshima Station is Ibusuki, one of Japan’s most popular hot springs resorts. Situated in the lowest spot of the south of the Satsuma peninsula, it owes its beauty to the beauty of its white sandy beach and fertile subtropical vegetation. Here is a rare type of sand bath to be an ideal way to rest.
Yakushima Island, a 40-minute flight from Kagoshima Airport, is the cradle of the yaku-sogi primitive rice forest that stretches back thousands of years. There are many activities such as mountain climbing, canoeing, boating, eco-tourism and more.