Kyushu is the southernmost of Japan's main four islands. The Kyushu region includes eight prefectures: Fukuoka, Saga, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Oita, Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Okinawa. The area partly enjoys a sub-tropical climate.
Every year between April 29th and May 5th, a period with a cluster of national holidays known in Japan as Golden Week, the village of Arita holds a festival about all things porcelain
May 1, 2018
Even today, Beppu accounts for at least one tenths of Japan’s onsen production by volume. But although the place is a famous among the Japanese, and an increasingly popular destination for Korean and Chinese tourists, it is still relatively unknown to Western tourists in spite of its long history.
February 6, 2018
The Saga International Balloon Fiesta is on now and it's a great time to visit Saga! This year the weather doesn’t even feel like winter yet!
November 2, 2017
The highlight of the festival are the huge floats, made using traditional materials and methods (like wood, washi paper, clay, lacquer and gilding) and each one has its own story. They range from colourful fish, to lions and dragons. At night they will have lanterns hanging from them...
October 27, 2017
Japan has many different ways to travel cross-country. When all has been said about the common methods–bullet train, airplane, and bus–what is it like driving by automobile? This experience made me see a different side of Japan from behind the wheel.
September 16, 2017
As the lazy days of summer fade away and energy returns, the autumn brings with it wonderful seasonal festivals all across the beautiful country of Japan. Here is a sampling to wet your appetite and get you excited about this fantastic season!
September 11, 2017
A lot of people flock to Tokyo or any of the other more well known touristy places when they plan a visit to Japan but there’s a city that a lot of tourists have yet to really explore but really should--and that is Kitakyushu City.
September 9, 2017
Located in the east area of Fukuoka City, a 15-minute drive from Hakata station, Hakozaki Hachimangu shrine boasts its spacious grounds with beautiful greenery and a long history of bringing good luck that spans many centuries.
September 2, 2017
During Obon In Nagasaki, the spirits of the deceased are transported on a symbolic spirit boat. Each family makes and personalizes the boats according to the hobbies, lifestyle and favourite things of the loved ones that have departed.
August 23, 2017
Dazaifu used to be Kyushu’s governmental office which served as a defense force and diplomatic spot for relations with China and Korea.
August 13, 2017
In early history, the shrine was considered one of the highest ranking in all the land. It’s position facing the Hakata Bay has seen it long revered as a guardian for sea voyagers.
August 5, 2017
On a pleasant Sunday in June, I participated in a unique one-day rice planting experience with my son. Even for Japanese, the average person rarely gets to plant rice themselves, so I’d like to share my experience.
July 8, 2017
15 places I think are “must experience” locations to make any trip to Oita a memorable one. And, to help you find your way just a little bit easier, I’ve provided links (as available) where you can find out more about these fun, memorable, and in some cases, adventurous destinations!
March 15, 2017
Let me convince you to visit the beautiful island for the following reasons!
February 11, 2017