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Kyushu

Located just south of Honshu, Kyushu’s rich history as a centre of Japanese civilisation means that there is no shortage of historic sites, modern cities and nature to discover. Culture lovers can appreciate ancient castles like Kumamoto-jo and Kushima-jo, while those looking for relaxation can indulge in the natural hot springs in Beppu.

Kyushu is also famous for its affordable and regional B-Class Gourmet cuisine like the Sasebo Burger and Nikumaki Onigiri (rice ball wrapped with meat). It is also easy to get to and move around Kyushu, thanks to the island’s major hubs like Fukuoka and Nagasaki, and the new Kyushu Shinkansen train lines.

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Cherry Blossoms (Sakura)  
200X150 Kyushu Omura

Omura Park (Nagasaki)
Lying on Nagasaki’s lush green coast is the beautiful Omura Park, an important site in the history of Japan’s first dealings with Europe. Home to Kushima Castle and the Kushima Shrine, every year from late March to early April it becomes one of Japan’s top cherry blossom viewing locations when its 2,000 blooming cherry trees all turn pink; its most famous type of tree is the local Omurazakura, which is designated as a Natural Treasure of Japan.

Opening hours Open all year round
Ticket price Free
How to get there 1 min walk from City Hall bus stop after 10 min ride from JR Omura Station
Website Omura Park
 
200X150 Kyushu Kumamoto

Kumamoto Castle (Kumamoto)
Dating back over 500 years, picturesque Kumamoto Castle is regarded as one of Japan’s 100 finest castles and is also one of Kyushu’s best places for sakura viewing. With almost 1,000 cherry trees planted in and around the castle, its hilltop location is a unique backdrop against the vibrant pink cherry blossoms, especially at night when the trees are lit up.

Opening hours 8.30am - 6pm (till 5pm from November to March)
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.
It is closed from 29 to 31 December.
Ticket price ¥500 (adult), ¥200 (child)
How to get there 10 min tram ride from JR Kumamoto Station
Website Kumamoto Castle
 
Shopping  
200X150 Kyushu Marizon

Fukuoka Marizon (Fukuoka)
Marizon is a unique, romantic-themed island just offshore from Fukuoka’s swanky Momochihama district. With a wide selection of fine dining restaurants and trendy cafes, Marizon is a favourite among young couples. There is a popular wedding chapel located on Marizon. There are other activities like surf lessons and ride the high-speed ferry (20 minutes) to Umino Nakamichi and Marine World aquarium.

Opening hours Shops 11am – 8pm
Restaurants 11am – 10pm
How to get there 5 min walk from Nishitetsu Fukuoka Tower Minami-guchi bus stop
Website Fukuoka Marizon (Japanese)
Fukuoka (English)
 
200X150 Kyushu Tenmonkan

Tenmonkan Street (Kagoshima)
Downtown Kagoshima’s biggest and best shopping district, Tenmonkan Street offers a wide selection of shopping and gourmet. Starting from Tenmonkan Hondori, the area’s main road, there are many fashionable shops alongside trendy cafes and quaint eateries. While locals go to Tenmonkan for everything from electronics to sundries, visitors are able to buy some local souvenirs.

Opening hours 11am – 8pm (Varies across different shops)
How to get there 1 min walk from Tenmonkan-dori Station (Street tram)
15 min walk from JR Kagoshima Chuo Station
Website Tenmonkan Street
 
Food  
200X150 Kyushu Gourmet

Kyushu B-class gourmet
Kyushu is also known for its B-class gourmet food, which is now popular around Japan. Focusing on local ingredients and regional styles of cooking, it has become famous because it is simple, tasty and affordable. Some of the local B-class favourites in Kyushu are Nikumaki Onigiri, grilled meat-wrapped riceball from Miyazaki Prefecture and Sicilian Rice, a local favourite from Saga City which combines grilled meat, vegetables and mayonnaise over cooked rice.

Sasebo City in western Kyushu is famous for its fusion foods, like the Sasebo Burger. Created by the locals, it became popular with American soldiers and is now a must-try meal. Big and juicy, these handmade burgers can cost less than ¥500. There are around 20 official restaurants selling authentic Sasebo Burgers; to find them just pick up a copy of the Sasebo Map at local train stations or convenient stores.

Website Sasebo Burger
Sicilian Rice
Nikumaki Onigiri
 
Activity  
200X150 Kyushu Huis

Huis Ten Bosch (Nagasaki)
Huis Ten Bosch is a themed resort modeled on 17th century Holland – complete with an exterior reproduction of the real Palace Huis Ten Bosch. The park has canals which can be explored on canal cruises. There are other ways to explore the park, like riding on old-fashioned taxis or renting a bicycle to ride on the quaint cobbled streets. Extensive flower gardens which bloom throughout the year are flanked with Dutch windmills, providing a colourful location for photo opportunities. For entertainment, you can visit Thriller City’s haunting museums, take a ride on the Thousand Sunny Ship or pretend to be a movie extra at Grand Odyssey. To end the day, you can spend the night at an European-themed hotel.

Opening hours 9am - 9pm
Ticket price ¥5,900 for 1-day passport, ¥10,500 for 2-day passport
How to get there 1 min walk from JR Huis Ten Bosch Station
Website Huis Ten Bosch
 
200X150 Kyushu Yanagawa

Yanagawa River Cruise (Fukuoka)
Like a Japanese version of Venice, historic Yanagawa’s network of canals criss-cross the city. The best way to explore the area is to ride a traditional donko boat. You can hop on a donko for a 70-minute ride with an experienced boatman as he takes you through the canals that surround the historic Yanagawa Castle. Trips are year-round – the boats are equipped with heating stoves in winter, while in spring, you can appreciate Yanagawa’s beautiful cherry blossoms from the water.

Opening hours 9.30am - 5pm
Ticket price ¥1,500 (Age 15 and older), ¥800 (Under age 15)
How to get there 5 min walk from Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station (JR, Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta line)
Website Yanagawa (Japanese)
Yanagawa River Cruise (Japanese)