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Luxury Tailor-Made Japan Holidays Kyushu 2024 & 2025 

Nature, Culture and Cuisine 

Kyushu is Japan's third largest island, located on the southwest of the main island, Honshu and it is famous for a rich history and diverse landscapes. If you are looking for an adventure off the beaten path, then Kyushu is the place to be! 
If you are after outdoor activities, you will not be bored during your stay in Kyushu. One of the most famous natural attractions is Mount Aso, a large volcanic caldera and home to steaming vents and rugged terrain. You can hike through the lush mountains of Yakushima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of cedar trees and unique wildlife. Heading to the coast, you can surf, dive and whale watch, while in the many rivers and lakes you can kayak, raft and fish. There's something for everyone! You will be able to stay in onsens and relax and rejuvenate in natural hot spring baths after a day of exploring. 
Kyushu is also steeped in history. Head over to Nagasaki, one of the largest cities where you will find the Nagasaki Peace Park, and Glover Garden or visit Kumamoto Castle or the port town of Moji. Culture is a very important facet of Kyushu. The island is known for its traditional crafts, like pottery and ceramics. It's also a foodie's paradise with specialities like Hakata ramen in Fukuoka, Kagoshima black port and of course fresh seafood from the bustling markets! 
Once you've explored Kyushu, you can island hop to the many smaller islands that each have their own charm and attractions. The Goto Islands are known for their stunning natural beauty and old churches and the Amakusa Islands are ideal for snorkelling and discovering hidden caves. 
Kyushu really is a treasure trove of natural beauty, history and culture so whether your seeking adventure, relaxation or good food, Kyushu has it all. 
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Things to do and see in Kyushu 


Fukuoka is a very vibrant city, blending ancient tradition with modern innovation. Start by exploring the historic district of Hakata, where you can stroll though bustling markets where you'll find delicious street food. For more contemporary culture, head to waterfront Momochi Seaside Park, where you can admire the iconic Fukuoka Tower and relax on the sandy beaches overlooking Hakata Bay. 
You definitely can't miss the chance to try Fukuoka's famous tonkotsu ramen, a local speciality full of rich flavour. Of an evening, immerse yourself in the nightlife with izakayas, karaoke bars and neon-lit streets waiting to be explored. 


When in Nagasaki, you will have to visit Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum where you can learn about the victims of the atomic bombing during World War II. Next is a climb up Mount Inasa for breath-taking panoramic views of the city and its surrounding landscape, this is also amazing at night to see the city lit up! 
Dive into Nagasaki's rich cultural history by visiting Glover Garden where you will find beautifully preserved Western-style homes, giving you a glimpse into the city's past as a hub of international trade. 
Nagasaki is also known for its culinary delights, including champon noodles and castella cake and you'll get these in the busy streets of Shinchi Chinatown. To end your day, take a stroll along the picturesque Megane Bridge and Nagasaki Harbour, taking in the beauty and serenity of this historic city! 


In the heart of Kumamoto Prefecture, Aso is renowned for its awesome natural beauty and majestic landscapes. Begin your adventure with a visit to the iconic Aso Volcano, one of the largest calderas in the world and marvel at the out-of-this-world scenery. Take the scenic route along the Aso Panorama Line, winding through lush forests and green hillsides, stopping at the different viewpoints for incredible photo opportunities of the volcanic terrain below! 
If you are more outdoorsy, you can hike around the Aso Kuju National Park, with trails taking you through ancient forests to discover hidden waterfalls and soak in hot springs. 

Yutoku Inarai Shrine 

Visiting the Yutoku Inarai Shrine is an absolute must on your travels to Kyushu. Begin by passing through the famous vermilion torii gates that lead to the shrine's main complex. Here you will be amazed by the sight of the incredible architecture and peaceful surroundings. Meander through the manicured gardens, full of azalea blooms and ancient cedar trees, discover hidden little sanctuaries and stone lanterns along the way. Take in the intricate details of the wooden structures of the shrine, the majestic main hall and the carved dragon motifs. 
You can witness a traditional Shinto ceremony, or even take part in a ritual cleansing at the purification fountain to wash away your troubles and seek blessings for good fortune. Yutoku Inari Shrine is the perfect place for spiritual reflection and cultural exploration with a tranquil atmosphere. 

Goto Islands 

Located just off the coast of the Nagaskai Prefecture lay the Goto Islands. Start your adventure by jumping on a ferry from Nagasaki heading for white sand beaches, crystal-clear water and amazing coastal landscapes! These islands had a large Christian presence and you can visit the historic churches of the UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Hidden Churches Sites. Explore charming little fishing villages, where you will find traditional thatched-roof homes and narrow cobblestone streets for a feel of peace and tranquillity. These islands really do have a sense of timeless beauty. 
The Goto Islands are also perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, with opportunities for hiking, cycling, birdwatching, swimming and so much more. Why not take a scenic trail through the lush forests and rugged cliffs? And of course, the islands are famous for their fresh seafood; dine in seaside restaurants to taste all the flavours of the sea! 

Amakusa Islands 

To get to the Amakusa Islands, you will have to cross over the marvellous Amakusa Gokyo Bridge connecting the main islands. Much like the Goto Islands, you can learn about the area's rich history with a visit to the Amakusa Christian Museum to explore the fascinating heritage and artefacts dating back to Japan's early Christian Era. Drive along the coastal roads, stopping occasionally to admire the panoramic views of the cliffs, beaches and quaint fishing villages along the way. 
There are also a variety of outdoor activities to chose from, such as hiking, cycling, kayaking and snorkelling where you can discover hidden coves, sea caves and coral reefs. 
And of course, the Amakusa Islands offer up a delicious selection of seafood, including fresh sashimi, succulent oysters and savoury kamaboko - fish cakes! 

Yufuin & Beppu 

Yufuin and Beppu are two neighbouring villages, famous for the natural beauty and hot springs. Starting in Yufuin, at the bottom of Mount Yufu, where you can stroll along scenic walking paths, shop in boutique stores and sample lots of local delicacies such as Yufuin soba noodles and freshly baked bread. Stay in a traditional ryokan inn or a hot spring resort to soak in mineral-rich waters, while having the surrounding countries as your backdrop. Yufuin Floral Village is also a must-visit to really experience Japanese culture, explore the gardens, art galleries and artisan shops. 
Just a short train ride away lies Beppu, known as the 'City of Steam' due to the abundance of bubbling hot springs. Explore the 'Hells of Beppu', a collection of hot springs with interesting names such as 'Sea Hell', and 'Blood Pond Hell', each one offering a unique spectacle! For ultimate relaxation, why not indulge in a mud or sand bath at one of Beppu's famous spas to rejuvenate both body and soul! 

Best Time to Visit Kyushu 

Spring is a delightful time to visit Kyushu, as the weather is mild and cherry blossoms bloom across the region, creating stunning landscapes of pink and white. This season is ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, sightseeing, and enjoying hanami (cherry blossom viewing) picnics. 
Summer in Kyushu can be hot and humid, but it's also a vibrant time of festivals and events. Visitors can enjoy traditional festivals, fireworks displays, and outdoor activities such as beach trips and water sports. However, be prepared for occasional rain and the possibility of typhoons in late summer. 
Autumn is considered one of the best times to visit Kyushu, as temperatures begin to cool down, and the region's lush landscapes transform into a riot of vibrant colours with the changing foliage. It's an excellent time for hiking, scenic drives, and enjoying seasonal foods like chestnuts and sweet potatoes. 
Winter in Kyushu is relatively mild compared to other parts of Japan, but it can still be chilly, especially in mountainous areas. This season is perfect for enjoying hot springs (onsen), as well as winter illuminations and seasonal cuisine such as hot pot (nabe) and oden. Additionally, winter is a great time for whale watching in the waters around Kyushu. 

Top Hotels in Kyushu  

Kyoshu Hotel 

Kai Aso 

InterContinental Ana Beppu 

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