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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 theme park, Huistenbosh, is an example of Nagasaki’s history of cultural fusion. Arguably the most important historical city in Kyushu, Nagasaki-shi is a mustsee. Nagasaki abounds with delicious, eclectic foods such as Chinese sweet and sour pork, buttery Portuguese castella cake, and champon (a noodle dish native to Nagasaki). In spring, you can enjoy a beautiful hill-top, kite-flying festival.

Saga-ken ???  

Famous for its Arita porcelain and excellent agricultural conditions for making sake and raising cows, Saga is a place where traditional Japanese culture seeps from the ground.

Kumamoto-ken ??? 

Thriving since the early 1600s under a succession of powerful leaders. Today, Kumamoto-shi is known for its castle and charming Suizenji Park. The city feels bigger than it really is, allowing you the pleasures of shopping and entertainment, without the hassle of getting lost. Kumamotoken is also known for Mount Aso and the onsen surrounding it. Check out Kurokawa Onsen for a romantic, idyllic hot spring town.

Oita-ken ??? 

Perhaps best known for its steaming hot springs. Beppu is probably the most famous onsen spot in Japan; the hillsides are dotted with white tufts of volcanic steam and tourists can enjoy the brightly colored, strangely named Hells. You can also view the historic castle town of Kitsuki and Usuki, and take a visit to see a cluster of 60 stone Buddha images carved into rock. Wakeboarding is available in Kitsuki.

Kagoshima-ken?????   

Blessed with a mild climate and incredible natural beauty, this is the most southerly prefecture on Kyushu. The capital city, Kagoshima-shi, ranks as one of Japan’s most attractive cities and boasts one of the world’s most impressive sights: Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces the city from across the sea. The city has sister city ties with Naples, though the relationship between the two has been described as a “more of a suicide pact” due to the cities’ inevitable destruction by their smouldering volcanic neighbours. Kagoshima abounds with scenic spots and hot springs, as well as historic sites, many of them tied to the remarkable Shimazu clan who ruled Kagoshima for nearly 700 years.

Miyazaki-ken???? 

Considered by some to be the birthplace of Japan, Miyazaki is famous for being home to Japan’s first emperor, Jimmu. Miyazaki Shrine is dedicated to the emperor, while Heiwadai Park contains the Peace Tower which was built in 1940 to commemorate the 2600-year anniversary of the mythological founding of Japan.Those interested in the great outdoors, visit Takachiho gorge set in some breathtaking scenery. Check out the beautiful beaches, try surfing some of the best waves in Japan or go to the Ocean Dome, the world’s largest indoor water park.