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Kyushu

Kyushu is in the southwestern area of Japan, and is a region blessed with cuisine, nature, and hot springs. The biggest city in Kyushu is in Fukuoka, and is famous for Hakata tonkotsu ramen and motsunabe (stew made with beef or pork offal and vegetables). In the center of the city of Fukuoka, you can enjoy these meals in street stalls. Nagasaki is a spot with traditional scenery and is where the cultures of Japan, China, and the Netherlands came together, so you can enjoy famous dishes like Nagasaki champon and castella there. Kumamoto is home to Mt. Aso, one of the world's leading caldera, as well as cuisine like horse sashimi, Kumamoto ramen, karashi renkon (lotus root stuffed with spicy mustard), and more. Kumamoto Castle is considered one of Japan's top three castles, and visiting the castle tower should be done at least once. (*Currently, due to earthquake damage, entry to the tower is limited as they make repairs.) Miyazaki's Takachiho Gorge is a valley made by lava flow, and is a mystical area where some of Japan's myths are set. Saga's Aritayaki porcelain is a must for souvenirs! It's a region with more than 400 years of porcelain production. Oita is home to the onsen with the top volume in Japan, Beppu Onsen, as well as Yufuin Onsen. You can enjoy Oita's famous chicken such as fried chicken and fresh fish (mackerel) cuisine as well. Kagoshima is great for visiting nature, such as Sakurajima, Cape Misaki, and the island of Yakushima. You can try their famous pork dishes like tonkatsu and pork shabu shabu along with their imo shochu (distilled liquor from potatoes). Kyushu is called a paradise for hot springs, due to the many hot springs in the region such as Kumamoto's Kurokawa Onsen and Kagoshima's Ibusuki Onsen which has unique sand baths. You can choose a hot spring to visit based on location and type of water. Okinawa is another area where people from around the world visit. There are many islands dotting the ocean between Kagoshima and Okinawa, and they each have their own culture and natural idiosyncrasies, so that's recommended. Kyushu is full of unique luxury trains. Please take a ride on one and learn all about the charms of the area!

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Kyushu×Sightseeing

  1. 1. Aoshima Shrine (Time Required: About 1 hour)

    Recommended Road Trip Itinerary for Traveling Around Kagoshima and Miyazaki

    2019.03.28

  2. What is Yuri!!! on ICE?

    5 Anime Pilgrimage Spots in Saga for the Popular Series Yuri!!! on ICE

    2019.03.22

  3. What are Hakata and Beppu Like?

    Departing from Hakata Station! Recommended 2-Day Itinerary in Beppu, Oita[PR]

    2019.01.31

Kyushu×Food

  1. 1. Mansaku

    Enjoy Specialties Like Japanese Black Pork! Kagoshima’s Top 5 Tonkatsu Restaurants

    2017.11.16

    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

  2. 1. Juan Chuo Station West Exit Branch

    Five Select Restaurants in Kagoshima Serving Must-Try Kurobuta Dishes

    2017.07.20

    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

  3. 1. Tori to Sanchoku Yasai Konotori (Fukuoka)

    Kyushu is a Treasure Trove for Local Chicken Breeds! 5 Restaurants to Eat Delicious Local Chicken

    2017.07.20

    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

Kyushu×Shopping

  1. 1. Satsuma Kiriko (Kagoshima Prefecture)

    Top 5 Must-Buy Traditional Crafts in Kyushu

    2018.03.08

  2. 1. Saga Nishiki by Muraokaya (Saga)

    5 Must-Buy Delicious Souvenirs in the Kyushu Region (Sweets Edition)

    2018.02.01

  3. 1. Castella

    Best Kyushu Souvenirs! Five Select Sweets to Take Home

    2017.07.20

Kyushu×Hotels

  1. 1. Yakushima Green Hotel

    5 highly rated hotels in a World Heritage Site, Yakushima

    2017.07.20

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  2. 1. Hinoharu Ryokan

    Five Recommended Ryokan Inns in Yufuin in Oita, One of Japan’s Foremost Onsen Hot Spring Towns

    2017.07.20

    Booking.com

  3. 1. Shiosai-no-Yado Seikai

    Five Recommended Inns in Beppu Onsen, Must-Go Onsen Area

    2017.07.20

    Booking.com

Kyushu×Tips & Manners

  1. 1. Motsunabe (Fukuoka)

    Seven Must-Try Specialty Foods of Kyushu that You Won’t Want to Miss

    2018.02.08

  2. Nagasaki Champon (Nagasaki)

    There are Just Too Many! 7 Specialty Dishes in Kyushu

    2017.07.20

Kyushu×Local News

  1. What Are The Largest Kurabiraki Events in Kyushu?

    Good to Know Before You Visit! Basic Knowledge on Kyushu Brewery Tours

    2018.02.08

  2. FEEL THE KYUSHU ONSEN

    ONSEN ISLAND KYUSHU JAPAN

    2017.12.26