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.
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