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About Kyushu


Kyushu is the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, known for its diverse landscapes, rich history, and unique cultural attractions. Here are some popular tourist spots and attractions in Kyushu:

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  • Fukuoka: This bustling city is the largest in Kyushu and offers a mix of modern and traditional attractions. Don’t miss the Fukuoka Castle Ruins, Canal City Hakata for shopping, and the vibrant street food scene in the Nakasu district.
  • Dazaifu: A short trip from Fukuoka, Dazaifu is known for the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, dedicated to Tenjin, the Shinto deity of learning. The shrine’s beautiful grounds and nearby museums make it a popular destination.
  • Nagasaki: Known for its history as a former Portuguese and Dutch trading port, Nagasaki offers attractions like Glover Garden, Dejima (a historic island), and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.
  • Kumamoto Castle: One of Japan’s most impressive castles, Kumamoto Castle boasts extensive stone walls and a beautiful garden. While parts of the castle were damaged in a 2016 earthquake, it’s still worth visiting.
  • Mount Aso: Aso is one of the world’s largest calderas and houses the active Mount Aso volcano. You can take a scenic drive or hike around the area and even visit Kusasenri, a grassy plain with grazing cows.
  • Beppu: Known for its hot springs, Beppu is a popular onsen (hot spring) destination. The “Hells of Beppu” are unique hot springs with various colors and properties that are worth exploring.
  • Yufuin: Another charming onsen town, Yufuin is known for its picturesque streets, cafes, and the Yufuin Floral Village, a collection of boutique shops.
  • Kagoshima: Located at the southern tip of Kyushu, Kagoshima offers attractions like the active volcano Sakurajima, Sengan-en Garden, and the historic samurai district of Chiran.
  • Kurokawa Onsen: This tranquil onsen village in Kumamoto Prefecture is known for its scenic outdoor baths surrounded by nature. It’s a great place to relax and unwind.
  • Ibusuki: Famous for its “sand baths,” Ibusuki is a unique coastal town where visitors are buried in hot volcanic sand, believed to have therapeutic benefits.
  • Amami Islands: Part of Kagoshima Prefecture, the Amami Islands offer beautiful beaches, coral reefs, and lush tropical landscapes. It’s a paradise for nature lovers.
  • Miyazaki: Known for its stunning coastline and warm climate, Miyazaki offers attractions like Aoshima Island, Udo Shrine, and Takachiho Gorge with its stunning waterfalls.
  • Usuki Stone Buddhas: Located in Usuki, Oita Prefecture, these stone-carved Buddha statues date back over 1,000 years and are a unique cultural and historical site.