Kyushu Travel Guide

Kyushu is Japan’s third largest island, and is located southwest of the main island of Honshu. Kyushu has been an important entry point for foreign influence and culture.


Suggested Itinerary

It is recommended that you spend at least a week in the Kyushu region to fully explore its attractions. Fukuoka is a great starting point and a major international arrival point.

The Main Attractions of Kyushu

Fukuoka – Kyushu’s largest city and a vibrant cosmopolitan modern Japanese city, it is also called Hakata and is the place to start your journey in Kyushu

Dazaifu – Historic town just outside of Fukuoka with a famous shrine and several temples, it makes a great day trip from Fukuoka

Nagasaki – Attractive port city that is one of Kyushu’s prime attractions with its European influenced history

Kumamoto – Modern city with one of Japan’s finest reconstructed castles, Kumamoto-jo which was once one of the great castles of feudal Japan

Beppu – Japan’s capital of hot spings with 8 different hot spring areas, each with different properties and first class waters

Yufuin – A trendy hot spring town located near Beppu and popular with tourists, it is a great place to visit for a day trip

Miyazaki – A beautiful city located in southeastern Kyushu, it is famous for its shrine and park

Kagoshima – The southern most city in Kyushu and known in Japanese as the Naples of Japan

Yakushima – A beautiful subtropical island famous for its beauty and ancient cedar forest