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Kyushu, which literally means “nine provinces”, got its name from the nine provinces that made up the island in the past. It has a population of approximately 13.2 million and consists of seven prefectures: Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, and Saga. Kyushu is divided into a northern and southern sub region, with Kagoshima and Miyazaki making up the southern region and the rest the north. Kyushu has several large mountains and active volcanoes including Sakurajima and Mt. Aso. Besides the famous volcanoes, Kyushu also features some of the best hot springs, or onsen. Beppu of Oita prefecture is one of the most popular hot spring sites in Japan.
The city of Dazaifu in Fukuoka is home to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, one of the most important of the hundreds of Tenmangu Shrines. Fukuoka has many local dishes and is famous for its culinary culture.
Where To Go In Fukuoka
Popular shrine for students to pray during entrance exam season
Major international trading port since the 19th century
Beautiful tunnel formed by cascading wisteria flowers
One of Kyushu's greatest kabuki theaters; gorgeous mix of Japanese and Western styles
Saga Prefecture is located in the Kyushu region and is especially famous for its pottery, Arita-yaki. Arita-yaki developed in the small town of Arita and has a history of 400 years.
Where To Go In Saga
Imari Porcelain wares made in the town of Arita, Kyushu.
Admission-free porcelain related theme park in Arita Town of Saga Prefecture
Terraced rice field sloped for irrigation
Comprehensive science museum resembling a space station
Being located on the southwestern tip of Kyushu and for its important role in foreign trade relations in the past, Nagasaki has had great foreign influence.
Where To Go In Nagasaki
Popular onsen destination in Nagasaki, Shimabara-hanto Peninsula
Museum built on atomic bomb; expression of hopes for world peace
Central stage for trade with foreign countries during the 17th century
Nagasaki's oldest Catholic church; only Western structure listed as national treasure
Oldest wooden, western style building; residence of Thomas Blake Glover
One of 3 best night views of Japan
Museum of remembrance of Nagasaki atomic bombing victims
Kumamoto Prefecture is located in the Kyushu region and is known for its hot springs resorts. Town guests can choose from a number of hot springs and rotenburo, outdoor baths.
Where To Go In Kumamoto
Well fortified hilltop castle; several original wooden buildings remain
Largest active volcano in Japan and one of the largest in the world
Prosperous former castle town; Now economic center of Kumamoto Prefecture
Oita Prefecture is located in the Kyushu region and is home to Beppu, one of Japan’s most popular hot spring resorts. What attracts tourists to Beppu most though are the “hells” of Beppu.
Where To Go In Oita
One of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts
Highlight of sightseeing in Beppu; Eight different hells
Largest suspension bridge for pedestrians in Japan with spectacular scenery
Miyazaki Prefecture is located in the Kyushu region and is home to Takachiho Gorge.Takachiho, a small town in Miyazaki, is located deep in the forest of Miyazaki away from the bright lights of the city and pollution.
Where To Go In Miyazaki
Atmosphere of southern resort with mild weather and palm trees
Heavenly rock cave featuring gorgeous waterfalls and daunting rock formations
Cave of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu
Sacred ritual reenactments of legends
Kagoshima Prefecture is located in the Kyushu region and is home to several popular tourist destinations, which of which was an inspiration for the scenery of Studio Ghibli film Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke).
Where To Go In Kagoshima
Oldest tree in Japan; estimated to be 2,000 to 7,200 years old
Inspiration of scenery for Studio Ghibli film Princess Mononoke
Subtropical island filled with mountains and forests; Japan's first World Natural Heritage Site