I am Yoko, a licensed tour guide in Kyusyu, a southern island of Japan. Kyusyu has a wide variety of tourist resources such as historical spots, abundant nature, local specialty and so on. Some areas in Kyusyu are still unbeaten tracks for foreigners. I would like as many as people to know about attractions here and explore new world in Japan. Moreover, I’ll include the information about everyday life of ordinary people in terms of tradition and culture of Japan which you can’t find in a guidebook. I hope the articles are helpful for you. Thank you.
Thanks to the registration of UNESCO World Heritage sites along with other historic sites in Kyusyu, the uninhabited island is drawing more attention and becoming one of the most popular destinations for tourists. Let me share the amazing experience with you.
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.
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.
Kimotsuki is situated in the southern tip of the Osumi Peninsula, one of two peninsulas making Kagoshima Prefecture. The town is dubbed "The Oriental Florida" because of its mild climate and abundant nature of mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean behind it. In addition, it is also known for Uchinoura Space Center, one of the six rocket launch sites in Japan. Kagoshima is known as the Japanese rocket prefecture.
Crafted out of kimono fabric, Oharibako has a wide variety of hair ornaments and accessories. If you want to immerse yourself in a traditional cultural experience, Oharibako would be the perfect place to visit during your stay in Kyoto.
Kagoshima, located at southern tip of Japan, is a cradle of Shochu. If you are interested in the Japanese drinking culture, Shochu is an absolute must try. Like whiskey and brandy, Shochu is a distilled liquor made from various ingredients such as rice, sweet potatoes, wheat and so on.
A glimpse at the map of Japan reveals the location of Kagoshima at the southern tip. Because of this strategic location, it has been heavily influenced by foreign countries. This location has made Kagoshima one of the most important sea-trading hub in Japan.
What distinguishes Kagoshima is a world-famous active volcano, Sakurajima. It’s only four kilometers ( two miles ) away from Kagoshima city. You can get to land on Sakurajima by a ferry, running every 10-15 minutes during the daytime.