Kyushu

As you head west and cross into Kyushu, the landscapes begin to change. Kyushu is an island of the elements: bubbling, sulphurous waters rise up from the ground, heated by the volcanic lava that lies just below the surface of this living, breathing landmass.

At its centre you'll find Mount Aso, the world's largest volcanic caldera; to the west, Yakushima, a small island covered with dense rainforest and the inspiration for Miyazaki's animated masterpiece Princess Mononoke; on the south coast is Nagasaki, where for nearly three hundred years the Dutch factory at Dejima Island functioned as Japan's sole contact point with the West.


  • Kyushu's capital, Fukuoka, is best known for the yatai food stands serving some of the most delicious ramen noodles to be found anywhere in Japan!
    Matthew Wilkinson - Travel Consultant
  • Kagoshima

    The lively city of Kagoshima played a pivotal role in Japan's recent history that few visitors Japan even consider. Watched over by Japan's most active volcano, Sakurajima, Kagoshima's Satsuma-clan played a pivitol role in the Meiji Restoration that in 1868 helped thrust Japan into the modern age.

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  • Fukuoka

    Fukuoka is an layed back, youthful fun loving city with good shopping, live music, a major baseball team and great restaurants. Due to its location Fukuoka is a great starting point for exploring the rest of Kyushu.

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  • Nagasaki

    Nagasaki is built-up around a natural bay and the rich history and culture that has created it is obvious to see throughout with Japanese shrines next to Chinese temples and western colonial style houses. This is a city that should be renowned for a lot more than the atomic bomb.

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  • Hirado

    Hirado lies off the north west coast of Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan`s four main islands. And while this small island might not be the first destination travellers think of when planning a trip to Japan, Hirado has a history and beauty unmatched anywhere else.

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  • Unzen

    Arrive in Unzen on a cold day and it will be obvious that the area is a hotbed of volcanic activity. Steam rises from every crack in the pavement and on either side of the high street fumerols bubble and boil giving the town an unearthly feel.

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  • Beppu

    Beppu is probably Japan's favourite Onsen (hot spring) resort; it certainly produces the most spring water. The town has made a showcase of its volcanic activity.

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  • Miyazaki

    This small coastal resort town has bucket loads of laid back charm and makes for a great stop on any indepth journey round Japan's southern island of Kyuhsu. The abundance of palm trees, mild climate and surf-topped waves can't help but put you in the holiday mood.

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  • Yakushima

    Yakushima is one of those magical places that those who visit will never, ever forget. Its soaring peaks are covered with dense ancient forests with ancient cedars thousands of years old. This is a place to reconenct with nature; to feel the power of the mountains, forests and the ocean

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  • Mt Aso

    Set in the heart of rural Kyushu, the Mt . Aso area is the place to come to find a slower, more traditional take on Japanese life. The momunental form of Aso-san dominates the area and many of the farming villages lie within the calderas themselves.

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  • Kumamoto

    Kumamoto is one of Kyushu's more vibrant cities, rich in samurai history and gateway to Kumamoto Prefecture's many areas of great natural beauty.

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  • Yufuin

    Yufuin is located on Kyushu and is very close to Beppu one of Japan's most famous spring resort. Somewhat smaller than Beppu, Yufuin is a charming, typical Japanese onsen town that offers a more relaxing atmosphere than its bigger counterpart and is well worth a visit.

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