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Destinations in Kyushu

Day Trips in Kyushu

There are many interesting places to visit within and near Fukuoka prefecture. Check out the regional sections for more detailed and extensive listings, or see the highlights below.   In Fukuoka Shimonoseki  Across the Kanmon strait in Yamaguchi prefecture on Honshu, Shimonoseki has a fantastic fish market and some interesting places to visit. It is possible …

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Fukuoka Prefecture

Our adopted home is the most populous prefecture in Kyushu. Browse the Living pages for information on minor destinations across the prefecture. The most important sights, however, are centered in and around Fukuoka City, and Kitakyushu. Fukuoka City Highlights Living page: http://www.fukuokajet.com/regions/fukuoka/fukuoka-shi Fukuoka Tower: http://www.fukuokatower.co.jp/english/ Yahoo Dome: http://www.softbankhawks.co.jp/global/english/index.php Canal City: http://www.canalcity.co.jp/eg/ Tenjin shopping: http://tenjinsite.jp/first_jp/first_eg.php Yatai …

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Kagoshima Prefecture

Yakushima Yakushima is a 500 km2subtropical island off the coast of Kagoshima in southern Kyushu. It is famous for its unspoiled ancient cedar forest, which is home to some of Japan’s oldest trees and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Locals fondly refer to trees over a 1,000 years old yakusugi, a combination of Yakushima …

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Kumamoto Prefecture

Renting a car will allow you to explore the great diversity of onsen, resorts and natural wonders located in Kumamoto Prefecture. Japan-Guide.com (link) (http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4500.html) offers a lot of detail on exploring the area. For those traveling via public transportation, however, the major sights are centered in two hubs: Kumamoto City, and Mount Aso. Kumamoto City …

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Miyazaki Prefecture

Udo Shrine The Udo Shrine is located to the south of Miyazaki City, on the breathtaking Nichinan Coast. The shrine dedicated to Yamasachihiko, the father of Japan’s mythical first emperor, Emperor Jimmu. Visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view from the shrine located on the side of a cliff towering above the ocean. When visiting the …

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Nagasaki Prefecture

For over 200 years, Nagasaki’s Dejima Wharf was the one place in Japan where foreigners were allowed to step foot. Even long before the period of isolation, Nagasaki served as the main port connecting Japan to the rest of the world. This role left a legacy of international exchange and cultural blending that is still …

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Oita Prefecture

Mt. Takasaki (Natural Habitat Zoo Kanzaki) Wild Japanese monkeys roam freely at Mt. Takasaki and you can observe them up close. Mt. Takasaki is located at the western end of Oita City bordering Beppu City. Depending on the time of year you can see the monkeys engaged in various activities. During spring the monkeys give …

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Saga Prefecture

Saga is a mostly-rural prefecture, best-known for its pottery and festivals. With a population of less than 1 million people, it is mostly agricultural. But a few places and events stand out for visitors. Highlights: Karatsu pottery (link): Some of the finest pottery in Japan is made in Saga, and Karatsu town is the most …

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Kyushu Highlights

Did you know that according to myth, Kyushu was the starting point for Japan’s legendary first emperor Jimmu’s efforts to unify the country? Many Japanese people therefore view the island as their nation’s birthplace. Kyushu also boasts a long history of ties to Europe and China, which translates to historical sights and, even more importantly, …

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Prefectures in Kyushu

Fukuoka-ken ???   Check out the Kurume Hanabi Festival in August which will blow your mind with excessive fireworks and young ladies in beautiful summer yukata and the Yamasagasa Festival in Hakata, where teams race brightly colored floats through the streets. Nagasaki-ken????  This has been an entry point for foreign influence for centuries. The surreal Dutch …

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Islands

Fukuoka-ken has a wealth of pretty islands located off its coast. Ferry services can be a little infrequent, but are easy to use. The beach season in Japan is actually quite short, only lasting from the end of the rainy season in July to Obon in August, when the jellyfish hit the beaches. A brave …

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