Japan’sthird largest island and home to some of the most active volcanoes in theworld, the island of Kyushu is famous for its vast amount of natural hotsprings. Beppu is the most popular hot springs resort town.
Kagoshimais the capital city of Kagoshima Prefecture, lying at the southwestern tip ofthe island and is famous for the composite volcano, Sakurajima. Also, Kagoshimawas voted Japan's friendliest city nationwide. Locals carry their umbrellaseverywhere they go to repel against the mountain's recurrent eruptions. Whenfine ash coats the landscape like snow and hides the sun like fog, the view canbe quite mystical and captivating.
The entireprefecture has a special 'Ash Forecast' as part of the weather report and onceash starts falling, you'll understand why: it stings, coats your teeth withgrit, dirties futons and laundry.
Alsolocated in Kyushu, Nagasaki, once Japans first location to come into contactwith the western world, through Dutch and Portuguese explorers, is now areminder of the horrors of war. Despite its tragic past, Nagasaki has builtitself into a thriving modern city.
Western style hotels and traditional inns (ryokans) are available in Kyushu.
Connected to the other cities by the JR line and airports. Boats and buses are available, as well as car hire. Self- driving is the best way to discover Kyushu.
The busiest times to visit:
Cherry Blossom, Golden week (Japanese holiday in the beginning of May), Obon (Japanese national holiday in mid-August), Momiji season (when the leaves start changing colours). During these days, the streets will be overcrowded and the hotels fully-booked. Summers are hot and humid.
Local food specialities:
Hakata Ramen -speciality in Fukuoka
Onsen Yudofu - hot pot tofu
Natural beauty of Japan
Beppu Onsen and City tour