Highlights of Kyushu
The most southern of the larger islands of Japan Kyushu has a warmer climate and a laid back atmosphere. The island is predominantly rural with a stunning coastline and endless hot springs.Back to All Regions of Japan
Fukuoka, also known as Hakata, is the capital of Kyushu and an important transportation hub for visitors to the more rural parts of the island. Being located so close to the Asian mainland Fukuoka has played an important role as a trading port over the centuries, giving it a reputation as one of Japan’s most cosmopolitan cities.
One of Kyushu’s highlights, Mount Aso is the world’s largest volcanic caldera measuring around 21 km in diameter with a in a surreal landscape of grassy plains, small lakes, waterfalls and active volcanic peaks occasionally emitting smoke and ash.
Nagasaki is an attractive coastal town on the western coast of Kyushu, well known for being the second city after Hiroshima to be devastated by an atomic bomb in World War II. Prior to this Nagasaki holds an intriguing history when it played at important role in foreign trade relations, being the closest port to the Asian mainland.
A nature lover’s paradise, Yakushima is a small circular island 20km wide located off the south coast of Kyushu. The interior of the island is blistered with high mountains, snow capped in winter, blanketed by dense forests of Japanese cedar and magnificent Rhododendrons.