Kyushu

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Kumamoto Castle
Peace Statue, Nagasaki
Lantern Festival, Nagasaki
Fukuoka by night
Hot springs, Beppu
Hot springs, Beppu

About Kyushu

Kyushu is a separate island in the south of Japan, and because of its southerly position it has a subtropical climate, particularly in the very southernmost prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima. The island is mountainous, and Japan’s most active volcano, Mt Aso at 1,591 metres (5,220 ft), is on Kyushu. There are many other signs of tectonic activity, including numerous areas of hot springs. The most famous of these are in Beppu, on the east coast, and around Mt. Aso, in central Kyushu.

  • Fukuoka
  • Beppu
  • Nagasaki
  • Kumamoto

The whole island is well worth visiting, and easy to access.

Explore Kyushu:

by train

You can explore Kyushu by rail with the nationwide Japan Rail Pass, or one of the regional rail passes of JR Kyushu.

by car

It is perfectly possible to rent a car. With little traffic on the roads, and English satnav in the car to help you navigate, exploring Kyushu by car is particularly recommended.

Getting there:

The gateway to Kyushu, Fukuoka, lies on the main Bullet train line coming from Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima. Confusingly, for historical reasons the train station of Fukuoka is called Hakata. From there, Bullet train services are now available down the west side of Kyushu all the way to Kagoshima in the south (JR Kyushu bullet trains such as “Mizuho”, “Sakura” or “Tsubame” services).
Fukuoka is also served by domestic flights from Tokyo, and also some direct flights from Europe: you can fly on KLM from London via Amsterdam direct to Fukuoka.
Fly from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka: 70 flights per day, 2 hrs
Fly from Amsterdam to Fukuoka: 11 hrs 35 mins

Our packages including Kyushu

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