Island of Kyushu

KYUSHU IS THE NEAREST JAPANESE ISLAND TO THE CONTINENTAL MAINLAND

Kyushu has long been the gateway to Asia and has enjoyed active exchange with the mainland since ancient times.
That trend continues today, with the number of foreign tourists to Kyushu each year totaling around one million. Around 30 million domestic travelers also visit Kyushu annually, making their way here via air, sea and land. Their exploration has been aided by the full opening of the Kyushu Shinkansen network in 2011. 

 

THE TRACKS CONNECTING THE 7 PREFECTURES ARE THE STAGE FOR A NEW JOURNEY

The 7 prefectures of Kyushu are connected by 3000 km of tracks, and a journey of the cruise train unfurls through them. Our selection of routes allow you to explore Kyushu far and wide.

Please enjoy a slow journey through the Kyushu of your choice.

Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organization (KTPO)

Boasting Japan’s greatest number of authentic hot spring sources, ‘Onsen Island’ Kyushu’s secluded spas and onsens (hot springs) are nurtured by the area’s volcanoes and dynamic nature. The island’s position as an ancient gateway to overseas has helped foster Kyushu’s rich cuisine culture, World Heritage and many other charms.

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Access to Kyushu
Access to Kyushu

Fukuoka, the largest city in Kyushu has both an international and domestic airport. The international airport has direct flights to several countries in Asia. From within Japan, Kyushu is also connected by the bullet train network, and Hakata Station is the main terminal (and is located in Fukuoka). 

 

TOKYO – FUKUOKA VIA AIR:
Around 1hr 40, Bullet train: around 5.5hrs.
*One can also fly directly from Tokyo to the domestic airports located around Kyushu (Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Oita, Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Kagoshima).

FROM OSAKA / KYOTO TO FUKUOKA:
Around 2.5hrs by bullet train.

FROM OVERSEAS:
there are three direct flights to Fukuoka a week from Helsinki (Finland).  Time: around 9.5hrs.

Kyushu Island map

Prefecture Kagoshima

Kagoshima prefecture

The home of the greats who made Japan of Today

Kagoshima prefecture is home to many famous patriots from the Tokugawa to Meiji eras, many of who contributed to Japan’s modernization. The warm climate and natural environment is perfect for Berkshire Pork and Japanese Black Beef production. Bonito and flying fish are also caught in the area.

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Prefecture Miyazaki

Miyazaki prefecture

A southern resort with endless blue skies and seas

Miyazaki prefecture is Kyushu’s resort area. The area is also the birthplace of many mythological stories. The Tenson Korin area in particular is said to be where the gods first came to land. The area is also noted in the oldest known history book in Japan, the “Kojiki”, and is a very spiritual area, rich in legends and historical remains even today.

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Prefecture Kumamoto

Kumamoto prefecture

Spectacular nature as far as you can see

Kumamoto prefecture’s greatest attraction is undoubtedly Mt. Aso, which is one of the largest volcanoes in the world. The huge caldera, five cones and the massive walls are a breathtaking sight. The area is also known for having the most delicious water in Japan.

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Prefecture Oita

Oita prefecture

The abundant water and nature complete this scenic hot spring area

Oita prefecture is well known as having the most hot springs and geysers in Japan. It also boasts the largest volume of spring water in the country. The Yufuin area is especially popular due to its abundant water, views of Mt. Yufu, and the beautiful view of the morning dew over Lake Kinrin. Oita is relatively peaceful despite its popularity, promising a pleasant excursion.

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Prefecture Nagasaki

Nagasaki prefecture

Cultures meet in this wonderful Japanese setting

Except for the East, the sea surrounds Nagasaki. In the past, many foreign traders from the East and West came to this port town. A diverse range of people met here and exchanges were made that made history. More than 150 years have passed since then, and even today remnants of this time can be found throughout the area.

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Prefecture Saga

Saga prefecture

The home of world famous pottery

Saga prefecture has a long history of pottery production, with famous houses such as Imari, Arita, and Karatsu. Japanese pottery started with Arita pottery. It is said that an artisan came from the Asian mainland to Arita, and began making the famous white Arita pottery. Now, there are several pottery houses in Saga, and they help to promote the Saga name to the world.

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Prefecture Fukuoka

Fukuoka prefecture

The heart of Kyushu, where people and information gather

Fukuoka is the biggest city in Kyushu. It is the economic, and governmental centre, as well as the transportation hub. Fukuoka has a long history of thriving commerce with Asia. Another attraction is how close nature is to the city. Fukuoka is also known for its delicious food. Fresh seafood, Motsunabe and Mizutaki are famous local dishes. This ingrained local cuisine wins both the hearts and taste buds of those who visit.

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Popular attractions in Kyushu

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Sakurajima

1. Sakurajima

This is one of Japan’s most active volcanos, and is the symbol of Kagoshima. The volcano often has small eruptions throughout the day, and smoke can be seen most of the time.

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Hashima

2. Hashima island

This abandoned island used to be a coal mining facility, and is located about 15km from Nagasaki. In July 2015 this island has been approved as a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are sightseeing boat trips available to the island, and it is open to public visits. This island has gained much international attention for its heritage and for the undisturbed housing complex remains.

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Mt. Aso

3. Mt. Aso

Mt. Aso is an active volcano located in the center of Kumamoto Prefecture. Mt. Aso has one of the largest calderas in the world. The crater area is accessible to the public through toll road or roadway, but these are frequently closed when the volcano

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Arita

4. Arita porcelain

Saga Prefecture is the home of Arita Porcelain, which has a 400 year history here. Arita town is a small town that continues the traditions of Arita-yaki porcelain, passed down over generations of potters. This town contains many active potters, and visitors there are able to purchase their creations.

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Yatai

5. Yatai night stalls

Fukuoka City is the capital city of Kyushu, and is one of the 10 most populated cities in Japan with a current estimation of 1.5 million residents. Fukuoka has been ranked highly in Monocle’s Quality of Life Survey over the past few years.

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Yufuin Area

6. Hot springs (onsen)

Oita Prefecture contains some of the most famous hot spring resorts in Japan In fact, Oita has the most hot spring sources in all of Japan, with 4,788 registered. Oita can be reached in just two hours from Fukuoka (Hakata Station), and all of the Seven Stars journeys include some time in Yufuin so that passengers can enjoy the scenery and perhaps a visit to a hot spring if they like.

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7. Aoshima Shrine

The origins this shrine is unknown, but there are records of people revering the shrine as early as ninth-century AD. This shrine is located on Aoshima island, and is a shrine for marriage. Passengers on the 4 day journey can visit this shrine in an optional excursion.

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Recommended hotels in the vicinity of Hakata Station