KYUSHU

Kyushu - Guide to Kyushu Japan. Kyushu is the southernmost of the 4 main islands of Japan. Major cities in Kyushu include Fukuoka, Kitakyushu and Nagasaki.

Kyushu has warmer and more tropical climate than the main island of Honshu. While Kyushu does have some very fertile valleys, it features some very large mountains including several active volcanos such as Sakurajima in Kagoshima and one of the world's largest active volcanos Mt Aso, near Kumamoto. These nearby volcanos are the reason why there are so many great onsen in Kyushu, any why Beppu is consider the onsen capital of Japan. Kyushu attractions include the World Heritage Site of Yakushima, an ancient forest with some 2100 year old Japanese cedar trees.

KYUSHU MAP

Kyushu Map

KYUSHU REGIONS

Kyushu

Kyushu
Kyushu is the southernmost of the 4 main islands of Japan. Major cities in Kyushu include Fukuoka, Kitakyushu and Nagasaki. Kyushu has warmer and more tropical climate than the main island o...

KYUSHU PREFECTURES

Fukuoka Prefecture

Fukuoka Prefecture
Fukuoka Prefecture is on the north east corner of Kyushu Island and is separated from the main island of Honshu by the Kanmon Strait. The capital of Fukuoka Prefecture is Fukuoka city. Other...

Kagoshima Prefecture
Kagoshima Prefecture is at the southern tip of the island of Kyushu and includes the chain of islands to the south. The capital of Kagoshima Prefecture is Kagoshima City. Kagoshima Prefectur...

Kumamoto Prefecture

Kumamoto Prefecture
Kumamoto Prefecture is in the center of the island of Kyushu. The capital of Kumamoto Prefecture is Kumamoto city, which is famous for its landmark Kumamoto Castle and Suizenji Park. Kumamot...

Miyazaki Prefecture
Miyazaki Prefecture is on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Miyazaki Prefecture is on the eastern coast of the island of Kyushu. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the south and east. The capital...

Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki Prefecture
Nagasaki Prefecture is on the south-western coast of Kyushu Island, and includes several small islands as well as the land around the long peninsula (Nagasaki literally means long peninsula)...

Oita Prefecture
Oita Prefecture is on the north eastern coastline of Kyushu island. The capital of Oita Prefecture is Oita City. Oita Prefecture attractions include no less than seven Japanese Castles, the ...

Okinawa Prefecture

Okinawa Prefecture
Okinawa is Japan's southernmost prefecture, and consists of hundreds of islands known as The Ryukyu Islands or Ryukyu's, in an island chain over 1,000 km long, which extends southwest from K...

Saga Prefecture
Saga Prefecture is in the northwest part of the island of Kyushu, Japan. Saga Prefecture touches both the Sea of Japan and the Ariake Sea. The western part of Saga Prefecture is a region fam...

KYUSHU PREFECTURE CAPITAL

Fukuoka

Fukuoka
Fukuoka, also known by its traditional name Hakata, is the largest city on the island of Kyushu and the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture. Fukuoka is a modern city with mainly new buildings...

Kagoshima

Kagoshima
Kagoshima, on the south western tip of Kyushu, is frequently referred to as the "Naples of Japan", as it features a semi tropical climate, a bay side location and is dominated by a massive v...

Kumamoto

Kumamoto
Kumamoto is the capital city of Kumamoto Prefecture on Kyushu island of Japan. The city's most famous landmark is Kumamoto Castle, a large, and in its day, an extremely well fortified Japane...

Miyazaki
Miyazaki is a coastal resort city, in Miyazaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu. Miyazaki is the capital of Miyazaki Prefecture. Miyazaki attractions include Miyazaki Jingu Shrine, Heiwada...

Nagasaki

Nagasaki
Nagasaki is the largest city and capital of the island of Kyushu. Nagasaki is famous for having an atomic bomb dropped on it, but it also has long and diverse history, much of which survived...

Naha

Naha
Naha is a coastal city on the southern part of Okinawa Island facing the East China Sea. Naha is the largest city and capital of Okinawa Prefecture. Naha features banks, many shopping malls,...

Oita
Oita is the capital city of Oita Prefecture on the Kyushu island of Japan. Oita is famous for their puffer fish (fugu). Outside Oita city, nearby scenery includes seaside fishing villages, T...

Saga
Saga is the capital of Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu. Saga attractions include Saga Castle and Kakurintei Tea House in Kono Koen (Park). In Autumn there is the Saga International B...

KYUSHU DISTRICTS

Bise
Bise District in Motobu Okinawa is attractions include the village of Bise with its hundreds of deep green Fukugi trees planted in rows to provide the houses of the village with protection ...

Mojiko Retro
Mojiko Retro is the historic Port of Moji precinct which features some old buildings including the Mojiko Station, which was completed in 1914 almost entirely made from wood. Mojiko Station ...

KYUSHU MAIN CITIES and TOWNS

Beppu

Beppu
Beppu is a coastal city famous for its traditional Japanese bath houses, onsen which are fed from natural hot springs in the area. Beppu is in Oita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu....

Dazaifu

Dazaifu
Dazaifu is a city close to Fukuoka with many attractions including Fukuoka National Museum, beautiful gardens and shrines. Dazaifu is the former capital of Kyushu....

Hakata

Hakata
Hakata is a major part of central Fukuoka. Japanese often refer to Fukuoka as Hakata. Hakata has several key features including Hakata Station (the main railway station and Shinkansen termin...

Ibusuki
Ibusuki is a sub-tropical coastal city famous for its sunamushi onsen, black-sand spas, which are fed from natural hot springs. In addition to many other onsen (hot springs), Ibusuki also fe...

Kanda
Kanda is a coastal town in Fukuoka Prefecture on the island of Kyushu. Kanda is very close to large city Kitakyushu and is effectively a suburb of Kitakyushu....

Kirishima
Kirishima is the second largest city in Kagoshima Prefecture and is in the north eastern part of the prefecture. Kirishima is surrounded by the Kirishima Volcanic Chain which includes Mt Sak...

Kitakyushu
Kitakyushu is a large city in Fukuoka Prefecture on the coastline of the southern island of Kyushu right near the main island of Honshu. Kitakyushu is famous for the Kokura Castle....

Kurume
Kurume is a city known for being the birth place of the Bridgestone Tire Corporation, who originally developed rubber covered tabi footware for the farmer to protect their feet from parasiti...

Nago

Nago
Nago is a tourist town located in the northern part of the main island of Okinawa. Nago is particularly popular because of its beautiful beaches including the main beach, also known as Nago ...

Tosu
Tosu is a city in eastern part of Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu. Tosu is a major transport hub point where the Nagasaki Main Line and the Kagoshima Main Line connect, along with th...

Yufuin
Yufuin is a town near the center of Oita Prefecture, on the island of Kyushu. Yufuin is a famous Onsen (spa) town, which also features many art museums, galleries, restaurants and coffee sho...

KYUSHU ISLANDS

Aguni Island
Aguni Island is famous for its rows of beautiful garcinia trees and cycad (king sago) palms. Aguni Island features a picturesque sandy coastline on the eastern side and sheer cliffs along we...

Amami Island
Amami Island, also known as Amami Oshima, literially Amami Big Island, is a semi-tropical island located half way between Kyushu and the main island of Okinawa. Amami Island is home to sever...

Hamahiga Island

Hamahiga Island
Hamahiga Island is only 4km off the coast of the main island of Okinawa. Hamahiga Island today is popular for its beautiful beaches, including Hamahiga Beach, but in the Ryukyu traditional c...

Henza Island

Henza Island
Henza Island is a popular location to visit as it connected to Yokatsu Peninusla on the main island of Okinawa via the very picturesque Kaichu-doro, causeway and bridge. Half way along Kaich...

Ie Island
Ie Island features many great diving and fishing spots, plus white sandy beaches in the southern part of the island. In the north of Ie Island is the Lily Field Park which features 20,000 wh...

Ikei Island

Ikei Island
Ikei Island is famous for its beautiful beach, Ikei Beach. Ikei Island is located off the east coast of the main island of Okinawa, but is connected via a series of road bridges/tunnels whic...

Ikema Island
Ikema Island is just to the north west of Miyako Island and is connected to Miyako Island via a long road bridge....

Irabu Island
Irabu Island is an island in the Okinawa group to the south west of the main island Okinawa Honto and just west of the larger Miyako Island. Irabu Island has a road bridge connecting it to t...

Iriomote Island
Iriomote Island is a major eco tourism destination and is sometimes referred to as the "Galapogos of the East" and the "last unexplored region of Japan". The wild life on Iriomote Island inc...

Ishigaki Island
Ishigaki Island is an island in the Okinawa group to the west of the main island Okinawa Honto. Ishigaki Island is the second largest island in the Yaeyama Island group. Both the city of Ish...

Izena Island
Izena Island is famous for its cultural assests and is the birth place of King Sho En, the ancestor of the Second Sho Shi Dynasty of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Izena Island is to the north of the m...

Kouri Island
Kouri Island is famous for its Kouri Bridge, which is the longest open road bridge in Japan spanning 2,960 metres. Kouri Bridge connects Kouri Island to the main island of Okinawa via Yagaji...

Kume Island
Kume Island features many historic sites including sites relating to Kumejima Pongee (soft thin woven cloth frequently made of silk) which is said to be the original inspiration for all Japa...

Minna Island
Minna Island is a crescent shaped island which is popular with divers, snorkelers and swimmers. The beach on Minna Island features white sand and clear waters. Minna Island is just off the c...

Minna Island - Miyako Islands
Minna Island is small island which is part of the Miyako Island Group to the south west of main island of Okinawa. Minna Island shouldn't be confused with Minna Island in Motobu Okinawa....

Miyagi Island
Miyagi Island Okinawa contains several spiritually significant sites to the Ryukyus including the Shinugu Shrine Ruins, Nagusuku Udun (burial tomb) and Yan Spring. Miyagi Island Beach is in ...

Miyako Island
Miyako Island (Miyakojima) features very clear waters and very white sand beaches. In the right light Miyako Island features the striking contrast and colour difference of the white sands, t...

Okinawa Honto

Okinawa Honto
Okinawa Honto, normally just refered to as Okinawa, is the largest island of a group consists of hundreds of islands known as The Ryukyu Islands or Ryukyu's, in an island chain over 1,000 km...

Taketomi Island
Taketomi Island features a traditional Okinawan village which is a designated nationally Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. The traditional village on Taketomi...

Tarama Island
Tarama Island is a very flat island in the Miyako Island Group. Tarama Island is famous for its Hachigatsu Odori Festival which features three days and three nights of dancing and music in t...

Tokashiki Island
Tokashiki Island is just 32km west of Naha on the main island of Okinawa and is the largest of the Kerama Islands. Tokashiki Island is world famous for its extremely transparent waters and i...

Tonaki Island
Tonaki Island features traditional Okinawan residences and is designated as one of the Preservation Districts for Groups of Historic Buildings in Japan. Tonaki Island is located to the west ...

Yagaji Island
Yagaji Island is famous for its Kouri Bridge, which is the longest open road bridge in Japan spanning 2,960 metres. Kouri Bridge connects Kouri Island at Nakijin Village to Yagaji Island at ...

Yonaguni Island
Yonaguni Island is the western most of the islands of Okinawa and is only 100km away from Taiwan, which can just be seen on a clear day. Yonaguni Island is the site of some large submerged s...

Zamami Island
Zamami Island is famous for whale watching when in January through to April humpback whale breed in the waters just off the island. Zamami Island is part of the Kerama Islands, which are to ...

KYUSHU VILLAGE

Kokonoe
Kokonoe is a town famous for its traditional Japanese bath houses, onsen which are fed from the nine natural hot springs in the area. Kokonoe is roughly 30km west of Beppu, in Oita Prefectur...

KYUSHU CASTLES

Aya Castle
Aya Castle is a hilltop style Japanese Castle on Mt. Ryuubi in Aya Miyazaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu. In 1331 Koshiro Yoshito ordered the construction of Aya Castle, which derived ...

Fukuoka Castle
Fukuoka Castle, also known as Maizuru Castle, was a hilltop style Japanese Castle adjacent to Ohori Koen (Park) in Fukuoka. Nagamasa ordered the construction of Fukuoka Castle in 1601. When ...

Funai Castle
Funai Castle, also known as Oita Castle, is a flat land style Japanese Castle in Oita Oita Prefecture. Otomo Sorin, who controlled most of Kyushu, ordered the construction of Funai Castle an...

Hiji Castle
Hiji Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle along the coastline of Beppu Bay in Hiji Oita Prefecture. In 1601 Kinoshita Nobutoshi ordered the construction of Hiji Castle and it was desig...

Hirado Castle
Hirado Castle, also known as Kameoka Castle, is a mountain top Japanese Castle in Hirado Nagasaki Prefecture. Hirado Castle was constructed on top a peninsula which protruded into Hirado Bay...

Hizen Nagoya Castle
Hizen Nagoya Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle in Karatsu Saga Prefecture, in what was at the time of construction Hizen Province. Toyotomi Hideyoshi ordered the construction of Hiz...

Kagoshima Castle
Kagoshima Castle, also known as Tsurumarujo Castle, was a flatland Japanese Castle in Kagoshima Kagoshima Prefecture. Kagoshima Castle was completed in 1601 by Shimazu Iehisa, shortly after ...

Karatsu Castle
Karatsu Castle, also known as the Dancing Crane Castle, is a hilltop style Japanese Castle on the coastline of Karatsu Bay at the mouth of the Matsuura River in Karatsu Saga Prefecture. Kara...

Katsuren Castle

Katsuren Castle
Katsuren Castle is believed to be the oldest castle in Okinawa and is a World Heritage Site. Katsuren Castle is a gusuku (Okinawan) style Japanese Castle. Katsuren Castle over looks Awase an...

Kitsuki Castle
Kitsuki Castle was a hilltop style Japanese Castle on a 30m high rock platform along the coastline of Morie Bay in Kitsuki Oita Prefecture. Yorinao Kizuki ordered the construction of Kitsuki...

Kokura Castle
Kokura Castle is Japanese Castle in Kitakyushu Fukuoka Prefecture. Hosokawa Tadaoki ordered the construction of Kokura Castle in 1602. Between 1632 and 1860 Kokura Castle was controlled by t...

Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle
Kumamoto Castle is Kumamoto's most famous landmark. Kumamoto Castle is a large, and in its day, an extremely well fortified Japanese Castle. The donjon (castle central keep) is a concrete re...

Kushima Castle
Kushima Castle, also known as Omura Castle, is a Japanese Castle in the city of Omura in Nagasaki Prefecture. Kushima Castle, completed in 1599, is famous for the mass poisoning of Japanese ...

Nago Castle
Nago Castle was a Japanese Castle built in the 14th century and in Nago on the island of Okinawa. Today only ruins remain of Nago Castle....

Nakagusuku Castle

Nakagusuku Castle
Nakagusuku Castle in Kitanakagusuku Okinawa and is a World Heritage Site. Nakagusuku Castle is a gusuku (Okinawan) style Japanese Castle built in approximately 1440 by legendary Ryukyuan com...

Nakatsu Castle
Nakatsu Castle is a flat land style Japanese Castle in Nakatsu Oita Prefecture. In 1587 Kuroda Yoshitaka ordered the construction of Nakatsu Castle, however it was still not completed by 160...

Nakijin Castle
Nakijin Castle in Nakijin Okinawa and is a World Heritage Site. Nakijin Castle is a gusuku (Okinawan) style Japanese Castle which dates back to the late 13th century, and was constructed by ...

Oka Castle
Oka Castle was a mountain top style Japanese Castle in Taketa Oita Prefecture. Oka Castle was originally constructed in 1185, with many improvements and repairs completed around 1332. After ...

Saga Castle
Saga Castle, also known as the Submerged Castle, is a flat land style Japanese Castle in Saga City Saga Prefecture. On the site of the current Saga Castle there had been a fort or minor cast...

Saiki Castle
Saiki Castle, also known as Tsuruya Castle, was a hill top style Japanese Castle in Saiki Oita Prefecture. Mori Takamasa ordered the construction of Saiki Castle and it was completed in 1606...

Shimabara Castle
Shimabara Castle, also known as Moritake Castle and Korai Castle, is a flatland Japanese Castle in Shimabara Nagasaki Prefecture. Shimabara Castle was completed in 1624 and came under siege ...

Shuri Castle

Shuri Castle
Shuri Castle in Shuri Okinawa and is a World Heritage Site. Shuri Castle is a gusuku (Okinawan) style Japanese Castle which dates back to the 14th century, and was constructed by the Ryukyu ...

Urasoe Castle
Urasoe Castle was an Okinawan style Japanese Castle in Urasoe on the island of Okinawa. At the time of its construction in the late 13th century, Urasoe Castle was the centre of the Chuzan p...

Usuki Castle
Usuki Castle, also known as Niyuujima Castle, is a hill top style Japanese Castle on the island of Niyuujima in Usuki Bay Oita Prefecture. Otomo Sorin ordered the construction of Usuki Castl...

Zakimi Castle

Zakimi Castle
Zakimi Castle in Yomitan Okinawa and is a World Heritage Site. Zakimi Castle is a gusuku (Okinawan) style Japanese Castle which was completed in 1422 by the Ryukyuan military leader Gosamaru...

KYUSHU LANDMARKS

Canal City Hakata

Canal City Hakata
Canal City Hakata is commercial complex built around an artificial canal, consisting of hotels, a theatre, a movie theatre, shops, restaurants, specialty stores and showrooms. Canal City Hak...

Cape Hedo
Cape Hedo (Hedo Misaki) is the northern most point on the main island of Okinawa. The ocean off Cape Hedo is the meeting point of the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea. Cape Hedo features...

Cape Zampa

Cape Zampa
Cape Zampa is a peninsula on the western side of the main island of Okinawa, which features a beautiful beach, a section of rocky shoreline which is a popular fishing spot and a white lighth...

Higashi-hennazaki
Higashi-hennazaki is a peninsula at the south eastern tip of Miyako Island Okinawa, which is a designated Place of Scenic Beauty. Higashi-hennazaki features a light house which provides spec...

Hiyajo Banta
Hiyajo Banta also referred to as Hiyajo Cliffs, are the tall cliffs which run along the north eastern coastline of Kume Island. Along the top of Hiyajo Banta runs the main Kume Island road w...

Kaigungo Navy HQ
Kaigungo Navy HQ is a historic site from World War II located in Tomigusuku. Kaigungo Navy HQ is the preserved remains of the Imperial Japanese Navy's HQ at the time of the Battle of Okinawa...

Maeda Point

Maeda Point
Maeda Point (also referred to as Cape Maeda) is the most popular dive and snorkling spot on the main island of Okinawa. Maeda Point features many fish and some decent walls....

Manazamo

Manazamo
Manazamo is a place of scenic beauty on the main island of Okinawa, where there is a contrast of three colors: the green of the grass on top of the bluff, the grey of the rocks and the blue ...

Meefugah
Meefugah is two huge rocks which have to lay against each other because of erosion and disintegration of the rocks. Meefugah is on Kume Island....

Nagasaki Ground Zero

Nagasaki Ground Zero
Nagasaki Ground Zero is location directly below the explosion of the atomic bomb that devastated Nagasaki at 11:02am on 9 August 1945....

Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall

Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall
The Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, like its counterpart in Hiroshima, the hall was constructed as a place to remember and pray for those killed by the 194...

Nakamura House

Nakamura House
Nakamura House is the historic house of the wealthy and powerful Nakamura family who controlled the Nakagusuku region of Okinawa. Nakamura House, which is now open to the public, was constr...

Nyoko-do Hermitage
Nyoko-do Hermitage is the former residence of Dr Takashi Nagai, the famous radiologist from Nagasaki, who lobbied for better treatment for the many people that were affected by the radiation...

Okinawa Convention Center
Okinawa Convention Center is the largest convention center in Okinawa with a capacity for 5,000 people. Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan on the main island of Okinawa is also the home ar...

Oura Church

Oura Church
Oura Church is the only western-style building declared a national treasure, and is said to be the oldest church in Nagasaki. Oura Church is also known as the Church of the 26 Japanese Marty...

KYUSHU OBSERVATION DECK or LOOKOUT

Fukuoka Tower
Fukuoka Tower is a 234 metre tower close to the seaside, features three observation decks for stunning views of Fukuoka. Fukuoka Tower, located at the center of the Waterfront area 'Seaside ...

Mojiko Retro Observation Room
Mojiko Retro Observation Room is on the 31st floor and provides a 180 degree view of the Kanmon Strait, Mojiko Port and views of the Mijiko Retro. Mojiko Retro Observation Room is in the Moj...

KYUSHU TEMPLES

Gokokuji Temple
Gokokuji Temple is a Buddhist temple which was founded in 1367 in what is now Naha Okinawa. Gokokuji Temple was a major temple of Chuzan Kingdom and the Ryukyu Kingdom, but was also later as...

Kofukuji Temple

Kofukuji Temple
Kofukuji Temple - Tomeizan Kofuku-ji is Japan's oldest and first Chinese temple of the Obaku sect. Kofukuji Temple reflects Nagasaki's history as a gateway for foreigners to Japan....

Komyozenji Temple

Komyozenji Temple
Komyozenji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Dazaifu near Fukuoka, features two styles of Japanese garden; a stone zen garden plus a stone and moss garden. Komyozenji Temple was established in ...

Mangyoji Temple

Mangyoji Temple
Mangyoji Temple, in Hakata (Fukuoka), is a Buddhist temple from the Shin sect. Mangyoji Temple was established by Shoku in 1529. Mangyoji Temple features the tomb of the nun, Meigetsu, who i...

Sogenji Temple

Sogenji Temple
Sogenji Temple was a Buddhist temple and mausoleum for the royalty of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Most of Sogenji Temple was destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa (1945), however the substaintial s...

Sonohyan-utaki

Sonohyan-utaki
Sonohyan-utaki is an area within Shuri Castle which includes the religiously significant Sonohyan-utaki stone gates, built in 1519, and a grove of trees and plants leading to the gates. The ...

KYUSHU SHRINES

Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine

Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine features some very beautiful Japanese gardens....

Kushida Shrine

Kushida Shrine
Kushida Shrine is a grand tutelary shrine, widely known as Okushida-san, in Hakata (Fukuoka). Kushida Shrine dates back to 757, when Emperor Koken reigned and Tairano Kiyomori designated Hak...

Naminoue Shrine
Naminoue Shrine is a shinto shrine in Naha Okinawa. Naminoue Shrine was founded in 1890 on a site that had been sacred in the Ryukyan religion. Naminoue Shrine is set on top of bluff looking...

Sanno Shrine
Sanno Shrine in Nagasaki is famous for its one legged torii, which was created when the other leg was blown off during the nuclear blast. Sanno Shrine is only 900m from the atomic bombs hypo...

Seifa-utaki Shrine

Seifa-utaki Shrine
Seifa-utaki Shrine is the most sacred site in Okinawa and a World Heritage Site. Seifa-utaki Shrine consists of some striking natural rock formations including an arch formed between two mas...

Sumiyoshi Shrine

Sumiyoshi Shrine
Sumiyoshi Shrine in Hakata (Fukuoka) is believed to be the first of the approximately 2000 Sumiyoshi Shrine throughout Japan. Sumiyoshi Shrine was officially designated in ancient times as o...

KYUSHU MUSEUMS and ART GALLERIES

Himeyuri Peace Museum
Himeyuri Peace Museum that depicts the history of the Himeyuri Corps, the female students and teachers who were mobilized as nurses during the war on Okinawa....

Kyushu National Museum

Kyushu National Museum
Kyushu National Museum is major museum just outside Fukuoka city in Dazaifu. Kyushu National Museum focuses on the historical interaction of the region with Asia....

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum commemorates the explosion of the atomic bomb that devastated Nagasaki at 11:02am on 9 August 1945....

Native Okinawan Village
Native Okinawan Village is reproduction of a typical Okinawan village at the time of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Native Okinawan Village is within the Okinawa Ocean Expo Park....

Oceanic Culture Museum
Oceanic Culture Museum features a planetarium with the ability to project more stars than any other in the world. The Oceanic Culture Museum Exhibit Hall is currently closed for renovation w...

Okinawa Prefectural Museum
Okinawa Prefectural Museum depicts the history and culture of Okinawa, which includes a heavy focus on the life on and surrounded by the sea....

Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum
Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum depicts the history and events surrounding the Battle of Okinawa in World War II and its impact on the civilians of Okinawa....

Ryukyu Mura

Ryukyu Mura
Ryukyu Mura is a living recreation of a traditional Okinawan village, featuring actual Ryukyan houses that have been relocated from all over the islands of Okinawa. Ryukyu Mura features perf...

Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument

Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument
Twenty-Six Martyrs Museum and Monument, also known as the Twenty-six Martyrs of Japan, is the museum and monument to the twenty six Christians who were crucified in 1597 in Nagasaki for prac...

KYUSHU THEATRES and CONCERT HALLS

National Theatre Okinawa
National Theatre Okinawa building was completed in 2004, but the site has a long history as a performing arts site for traditional Okinawa performing arts. National Theatre Okinawa holds per...

KYUSHU GARDENS and PARKS

Busena Marine Park
Busena Marine Park just south of Nago Okinawa on Busena Cape features a narrow pier with an underwater observatory which places the viewer around 3 metres under the water. From this vantage ...

Cape Chinen Park

Cape Chinen Park
Cape Chinen Park in southern region of the main island of Okinawa, features picturesque views of the coastline, Pacific Ocean along with Kudaka and Komaka Islands....

Fukushu-En Park
Fukushu-En Park is a Chinese style garden in Naha Okinawa....

Glover Garden

Glover Garden
Glover Garden - Nagasaki's top tourist attraction features Japan's oldest Western style house. Glover Garden also features views of Nagasaki Port....

Greenery Kingdom
Greenery Kingdom also known as the Tropical & Subtropical Arboretum of the City Greenery Project, features tropical and subtropical plants displayed by species and by their climatic zone...

Ishibashi Park
Ishibashi Park, in Hamacho Kagoshima, features three of the original five historic stone bridges which crossed the Kotsuki River. Two of the bridges were destroyed by a flood in 1993. The re...

Lakeside of Ichifusa Dam
Lakeside of Ichifusa Dam, in Mizugami Kumamoto Prefecture, is famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

Minamata Cherry Line
Minamata Cherry Line in Minamata Kumamoto Prefecture, is a 27km long row of cherry blossom trees next to the road between Yunoko Hot Springs on the coast line and Yunotsuru Hot Springs in th...

Mochio Park
Mochio Park, in Miyakonojo Miyazaki Prefecture, is famous for its 2,600 cherry blossom trees including Somei Yoshino and Yaezakura (multi petaled) varieties which line both sides of the pat...

Nagasaki Peace Park

Nagasaki Peace Park
Nagasaki Peace Park is a park in Nagasaki, Japan commemorating the atomic bombing of the city on August 9, 1945 during World War II....

Nago Castle Park
Nago Castle Park, in Nago in Okinawa, is famous for its cherry blossom and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. Nago Castle Park features thousands of cherry blossom tr...

Neo Park Okinawa
Neo Park Okinawa in Nago Okinawa is nature park, which features several distinct habitats including Amazon jungle, African savannah, Southeast Asia and Oceania. Neo Park Okinawa star attract...

Nishi Park
Nishi Park (Nishi Koen) in Fukuoka is famous for its 1,000 plus cherry blossom trees. Nishi Park is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. Nishi Park also contains the Terum...

Ogi Park
Ogi Park in Saga Prefecture is famous for its 3,000 cherry blossom trees and is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

Oka Castle Park
Oka Castle Park, in Taketa Oita Prefecture, is famous for its cherry blossom being considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. Oka Castle Park also features the ruins of Oka Cast...

Okinawa Battlefield Quasi National Park
Okinawa Battlefield Quasi National Park is the sight of some of the last stages of the Battle of Okinawa. Okinawa Battlefield Quasi National Park includes the Cornerstone of Peace, Peace Pra...

Okinawa Ocean Expo Park
Okinawa Ocean Expo Park is the site of the International Ocean Expo that was held in 1975. Okinawa Ocean Expo Park includes Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Oceanic Culture Museum, Native Okinawan...

Omura Park
Omura Park, in Omura Nagasaki Prefecture, contains the remains of Kushima Castle built by Yoshiaki Omura. Omura Park is now famous for its cherry blossom trees and is considered one of Japan...

Senganen
Senganen is a traditional Japanese garden, in Kagoshima. Senganen was created for the 19th Lord of the Shimadzu Clan, Mitsuhisa and takes advantage of the backdrop formed by Kinko Bay and Sa...

Shikinaen Garden

Shikinaen Garden
Shikinaen Garden was part of the Shuri Castle complex, however today the grounds of Shuri Castle have been reduced, leaving the Shikinaen Garden 1.5km from the center of Shuri Castle. Shikin...

Suizenji Park

Suizenji Park
Suizenji Park (Suizenji Koen) is considered to one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in Japan . Suizenji Park is Kumamoto's second top tourist attraction....

Tadamoto Park
Tadamoto Park, in Okuchi in Kagoshima Prefecture, is most famous for its cherry blossom being considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots....

Tropical Dream Center
Tropical Dream Center features over 2,000 orchids, an Amazonian aquarium and an observation gallery. Tropical Dream Center is within the Okinawa Ocean Expo Park....

Yakushima
Yakushima is a ancient forest with some 2100 year old Japanese cedar trees and an extensive range of flora with some 1,900 species and subspecies. Yakushima is on Yaku Island off the coast o...

KYUSHU MONUMENTS

Cape Kyan
Cape Kyan today is a picturesque site within the Okinawa Battlefield Quasi National Park, however in 1945 at the last stages of the Battle of Okinawa it was the site where many civilians and...

Tamaudun

Tamaudun
Tamaudun is a substainial stone mausoleum where Ryukyuan royalty are entombed and a World Heritage Site. Tamaudun is in Shuri, Okinawa, only a short distance from Shuri Castle. Tamaudun was ...

KYUSHU AQUARIUM

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is famous for its massive main tank which holds 7,500 cubic metres of water and features panel 8.2x22.5 metres. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium features tropical fish, ov...

KYUSHU MOUNTAINS

Mt Aso
Mt Aso, in Kumamoto Prefecture, is one of the world's largest active volcanoes and the largest in Japan. Mt Aso is 1592m high has a 25km wide caldera. The last major eruption was in 2011....

MT Inasa Lookout

MT Inasa Lookout
MT Inasa provides Nagasaki's 10 Million Dollar Night View. MT Inasa has a cable car to the summit....

Sakurajima
Sakurajima is an acitve volcano across Kagoshima Bay from Kagoshima city. Sakurajima still deposits large amounts of volcanic ash on the surrounding area, but the last major eruption was in ...

KYUSHU LAKES and BAYS

Kanmon Strait
Kanmon Strait is the narrow body of water between the islands of Honshu and Kyushu. There are two rail tunnels, the Kanmon Pedstrian Tunnel and the one road bridge, Kanmon Bridge, which cros...

KYUSHU BEACHES

Emerald Beach

Emerald Beach
Emerald Beach features a lagoon with three swimming areas and clear water. Emerald Beach is found within the Okinawa Ocean Expo Park....

Hamahiga Beach
Hamahiga Beach, in Katsurenhama on Hamahiga Island, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Okinawa. Hamahiga Beach is a quite beach, with clean white sand, clear blue water and a view along...

Hatenohama Beach
Hatenohama Beach is probably the most beautiful beach in Japan, however such beauty is a little remote. The wonderful white sands of Hatenohama Beach is a strip of sand off the coast of Kume...

Ikei Beach

Ikei Beach
Ikei Beach is small picturesque swimming beach on the small Okinawa island of Ikei Island. Ikei Beach features beautiful clear water, green surrounding vegetation and white sand....

Manza Beach

Manza Beach
Manza Beach is a white sand beach on part of a peninsula which extends out from the west coast of the main island of Okinawa. The 300 metre long Manza Beach is dominated by the multi story A...

Meebal Beach
Meebal Beach Okinawa is a beautiful 2km long shoaling white sand beach, where you can go for a ride on a glass bottomed boat. Meebal Beach is to the south east of Naha on the main island of ...

Nago Beach

Nago Beach
Nago Beach is a pretty and very popular beach in the tourist town of Nago on the main island of Okinawa. Nago Beach is part of the 21st Century Park and features a lifeguard and sea nets for...

Naminoue Beach
Naminoue Beach is the only beach in the urban area of Naha, the capital of Okinawa. Naminoue Beach would be best described as accessible rather than beautiful as the view out to sea is destr...

Nirai Beach
Nirai Beach is swimming beach in Yomitan Village on the central west coast of the main island of Okinawa. Nirai Beach has a lifeguard on duty during most day light hours....

Sesoko Beach
Sesoko Beach is a beautiful beach on the small Sesoko Island in the Motobu region. Sesoko Island is connected to the main island of Okinawa via a road bridge....

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach is a sandy beach which features beautiful views at sun set. Sunset Beach is near the popular entertainment and shopping area of Mihama American Village of Chatan Town....

Yonaha Maehama Beach
Yonaha Maehama Beach (also referred to as Maibama Beach) is a beautiful 7km long white sand beach on west coast of Miyako Island....

KYUSHU BRIDGES

Kaichu-doro

Kaichu-doro
Kaichu-doro, which literally means "Road through the Sea", but is also referred to as the Mid-Sea Road, is a bridge and causeway road that connects the Yokatsu Peninsula on the main island o...

Kanmon Bridge
Kanmon Bridge is the toll road bridge which crosses the Kanmon Strait, the narrow body of water between the islands of Honshu and Kyushu. Kanmon Bridge starts in Moji Ward Kitakyushu on the ...

Kouri Bridge
Kouri Bridge is the longest open road bridge in Japan spanning 2,960 metres. Kouri Bridge connects Kouri Island at Nakijin Village to Yagaji Island at Nago City. Kouri Bridge is best seen fr...

Megane Bridge

Megane Bridge
Megane Bridge is the oldest stone arch bridge in Japan. Megane Bridge known as Meganebashi or Spectacles Bridge, was built in Nagasaki in 1634 by the Chinese monk Mozi of Kofukuji Temple....

Tsujun Bridge
Tsujun Bridge, in Yamato Kumamoto Prefecture, is the largest stone aqueduct in Japan. Tsujun Bridge, completed in 1854, is 84m long with an arch that spans 27.3m....

Warumi Bridge
Warumi Bridge is a 315 metre long road bridge with a walk way that connects Yagaji Island to the main island of Okinawa. A walk along Warumi Bridge provides an ideal location to see the fabu...

KYUSHU AMUSEMENT PARKS

Amuran
Amuran is a 60m diameter Ferris wheel on top of the Amu Plaza Kagoshima and is one of the major attractions in Kagoshima. At its highest point, Amuran is 91m above the ground and provides ex...

Harmonyland
Harmonyland is a theme park featuring Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, Jewelpet and more characters created by the Sanrio company. Harmonyland is in Hayami-gun of Oita Prefecture on the...

Space World
Space World is theme park based on space and science fiction, in Kitakyushu Fukuoka Prefecture. Space World even offers a space camp which includes use of the same equipment used to train NA...

Wellness Village Motobu
Wellness Village Motobu is a theme park where you can experience many marine sports activities and even swim with dolphins. Wellness Village Motobu also features traditional Okinawan musical...

KYUSHU AIRPORTS

Fukuoka Airport
Fukuoka Airport, (IATA: FUK, ICAO: RJFF), is an international and domestic airport only 3km from Hakata Station in central Fukuoka. Fukuoka Airport is the fourth busiest in Japan, but is lim...

Kadena Air Base
Kadena Air Base (IATA: DNA, ICAO: RODN) is operated by the United States Air Force and is home to the 18th Wing. Kadena Air Base has around 18,000 USA service personal and 4,000 Japanese wor...

Marine Corps Air Station Futenma
Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (ICAO: ROTM) is a USA airbase just 9km north east of Naha. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is home to around 4,000 USA Marines and was built on the site of ...

Naha Airport

Naha Airport
Naha Airport (IATA: OKA, ICAO: ROAH) in Naha Okinawa. Naha Airport is a second class airport, which services both international and domestic flights. In addition to civilian services, Naha A...

KYUSHU TRAIN STATIONS

Hakata Station

Hakata Station
Hakata Station is the main railway station in Fukuoka. Hakata Station is the terminus for the Sanyo Shinkansen....

Kagoshima Chuo Station
Kagoshima Chuo Station, which literially means Kagoshima Central Station, is the main train station in Kagoshima city. Operated by the Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu), Kagoshima Chuo Stat...

Kumamoto Station

Kumamoto Station
Kumamoto Station is the main inter city train station for Kumamoto....

Nagasaki Station

Nagasaki Station
Nagasaki Station is the terminal station for the Nagasaki Main Line in Nagasaki from Hakata Station Fukuoka. Nagasaki Station connects to the Nagasaki tram network....

Omoromachi Station
Omoromachi Station is located near Kokusai Dori, the main shopping street in Naha City. Omoromachi Station Station is also close to the Okinawa Prefecture Office....

Shuri Station
Shuri Station is the mono rail station closest to Shuri Castle and the related World Heritage Sites....

KYUSHU PORTS and FERRY TERMINALS

Naha New Port Terminal
Naha New Port Terminal (also referred to as Aja Port or Naha Shin-ko) in Naha is where the Ryukyu Express and ferries to and from Nagoya, Kobe, Osaka and Tokyo berth....

Naha Port Terminal
Naha Port Terminal in Naha is where ferries depart for other island in the Okinawan group, including Fukuoka, Kagoshima and Amani Islands. Naha Port Terminal is not the same as Naha New Port...

Tomari Port Terminal
Tomari Port Terminal in Tomari Naha is where many ferries depart for other island in the Okinawan group, including Zamami Island....

Unten Port
Unten Port, on the main island of Okinawan, is where the ferries going to and from Izena Island berth....

KYUSHU SHOPPING

Bic Camera Fukuoka
Bic Camera Fukuoka is one of around 40 Bic Camera stores found throughout Japan, which dispite the name sell computers, mobile phones, audio and video equipment, plus of course cameras. Most...

Daiei Department Store Fukuoka
Daiei Department Store Fukuoka is one of the Daiei stores, a chain of department stores and supermarkets based in Kobe, but with over 3,000 stores all over Japan. Daiei Department Store Fuku...

Daiei Department Store Nagasaki
Daiei Department Store Nagasaki is one of the Daiei stores, a chain of department stores and supermarkets based in Kobe, but with over 3,000 stores all over Japan. Daiei Department Store Nag...

Daimaru Department Store Fukuoka
Daimaru Department Store Fukuoka is one of the Daimaru Department stores found throughout Japan. Daimaru has a history going all the way back to Dia-Monjiya Store in Kyoto which opened in 17...

Daimaru Department Store Nagasaki
Daimaru Department Store Nagasaki is one of the Daimaru Department stores found throughout Japan. Daimaru has a history going all the way back to Dia-Monjiya Store in Kyoto which opened in 1...

Kokusai Dori

Kokusai Dori
Kokusai Dori is the main shopping precinct in Naha, with souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants and fashion boutiques along both sides. Historically Kokusai Dori was known as "The Miracle Mile" ...

Mitsukoshi Department Store Fukuoka
Mitsukoshi Department Store Fukuoka is part of an international department store chain founded in 1673 with the yago (shop name) Echigoya. The Mitsukoshi Department Store chain has its headq...

Mutsumibashi Shopping Arcade

Mutsumibashi Shopping Arcade
Mutsumibashi Shopping Arcade features mainly food stalls and shops with local Okinawan produce. Mutsumibashi Shopping Arcade, in Naha Okinawa, is a popular shopping arcade that starts on the...

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