KYUSHU • OKINAWA 九州•沖縄

Map of Kyushu & Okinawa

Map of Kyushu & Okinawa

Saga

Saga

Fukuoka

Fukuoka

Kagoshima

Kagoshima

Miyazaki

Miyazaki

Nagasaki

Nagasaki

Kumamoto

Kumamoto

Okinawa

Okinawa

Fukuoka: Yatai (Food stall)

Fukuoka: Yatai (Food stall)

If you want to try really local food which locals themselves enjoy, you can find good food at Yatai (food stall) in Fukuoka. They are usually open at night. You can try oden, ramen, gyoza, okonomiyaki and more...good for cold nights! And atmosphere is very different.Here, you might make a friend or two with friendly people next to you. There are many Yatais near Tenjin Station in Fukuoka. Please be sure not to miss the ramen!

Fukuoka: Dazaifu Tenmangu (太宰府天満宮)

Fukuoka: Dazaifu Tenmangu (太宰府天満宮)

Dazaifu Tenmangu was built for the soul for 菅原道真 (Sugawara Michizane), a god of academy. While there are many shrines for him in all over Japan, Dazaifu Tenmangu is considered to be the head shrine. Please pray for learning Japanese there if you're there! Haha. PS: Starbucks in this shrine is very unique so do visit it.

Fukuoka: Yanagawa

Fukuoka: Yanagawa

Yanagawa is typical old Japanese city with castle and well-preserved old houses. What makes Yanagawa special is pits 470 km of wide canals. Yanagawa riverboats, called "donkobune", are used to take tourists around the city. And please don't to forget to try the local food, Yanagawa-style steamed unagi.

Oita: Yufuin

Oita: Yufuin

Though there are many onsen towns in Kyushu, most Japanese believe that Yufuin is one of best. There are no huge hotels there as the traditional atmosphere is well preserved. And thanks to the rich resource of hot spring in this area, each onsen is much bigger than other onsens in Japan. When you visit Fukuoka and enjoy the lively city, why don't you relax in this peaceful onsen town?

Saga: Arita Yaki

Saga: Arita Yaki

History of porcelain in Japan is very long. Did you know that you can also try to make it in Ariya city in Kyushu. Turn the potter's wheel and make your own special ceramic disc. Enjoy the pleasure of touching clay and forming a ceramic item while receiving careful instructions from the staff.

Nagasaki: 26 Martyrs

Nagasaki: 26 Martyrs

On February 5, 1597, 26 Christians were imprisoned, then later marched through the snow to Nagasaki. Hung up on 26 crosses with chains and ropes, the Christians were lanced to death in front of a large crowd on Nishizaka Hill. Majority of Japanese are not Christians , but still their faith is still remembered.

Nagasaki: Gunkan-jima (軍艦島)

Nagasaki: Gunkan-jima (軍艦島)

Many people used to stay there, but you can see nobody there. But you might feel something there.Gunkan-jima is an abandoned island in Kyushu, Japan. More than 5,000 people were on the island for mining coal. But as the cost increased, the last person left the island in 1974. The access to the island is by ferry from Nagasaki, and the price is around ¥3,000~4,000. "007 Sky Fall" was filmed on this island.

Kumamoto: Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto: Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle is one of the most impressive castles in Japan. This castle was built at 1591 by Kato Kiyomasa, who is considered to be one of the greatest samurais. With large castle grounds and a variety of buildings, Kumamoto Castle offers its visitors one of the most complete castle experiences in Japan.