Tour de Kyushu!
Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hokkaido are world famous, but do you also know Kyushu, the tropical island? Maybe not, but the south of Japan has as much to offer as the well-known places, maybe even more.
What to expect on your future Kyushu travels? Oh well, only breathtaking nature, top-class Onsen, delicious food, century-old traditional handcrafts… We want to take you to this beautiful piece of earth and share all the great experiences with you!
Traveling in Kyushu is also a little bit better for your wallet than spending time in the big cities, because you easily find cheap and good accommodation as well as high quality, fresh food. The culinary diversity ranges from 5-star gourmet dishes to hearty home cooking, that spoil the visitors tongue. Not only the food in Kyushu is amazing, but also the sights, day-trip destinations and idyllic landscapes. The scenery of the hinterland consists mostly of vulcanos and small villages, that nestle up against the hills and valleys, tropical beaches and rough coast lines. Everyone who now wants to know more about the great Kyushu cuisine or the many sightseeing options is in the right spot. So welcome to Kyushu!
Culinary Travel in Kyushu
Kyushu is marked by its variety of dishes, which are based on the geographical closeness to China and South Korea. Thanks to their influences, Kyushu’s cuisine offers a very tasty symbiosis of traditional Japanese specialities with distinct touches of the neighbors typical dishes. There are for example the tonkotsu ramen from Hakata, motsunabe, umibudo, Nagasaki champon soup, fresh sashimi and sushi, soki soba, Kagoshima jidori chicken and a lot of other dishes that already make you drool by only looking at the pictures.
Sightseeing in Kyushu
Kyushu is a paradise for outdoor fans, beach-vacation lovers and connoisseurs. Everyone can enjoy their Kyushu travels in their own way, because this island has so much to offer. For the relaxed dudes there are plenty of natural hot springs (Onsen) like the Ureshino Onsen, where you can cleanse your body and soul off of stress. Especially well-known Onsen areas are the city Beppu in Oita Prefecture and the Ibusuki sand Onsen in Kagoshima. There are also traditional guest houses (Ryokan) that date back to the 8. century, are a true hotspot for those seek for being pampered. Under these roofs you will find a great example for the famous Japanese hospitality.
For outdoor activity fans there is lots of untouched nature and vulcanos. You can go on guided hikes on vulcano trails like the Sakurajima , one of Japans most active vulcanos. Also there are beautiful and impressive waterfalls (f. ex. the Takachiho in Miyazaki) or you can join a kayak tour through the mangrove forests on Amami. The tropical islands (Okinawa, Amami and Yakushima) in the very south are pure heaven for everyone who looks for a great beach holiday. Here you find carribeans-like white sand beaches and corral reefs with colourful fishes that are waiting to be expored by you on a snorkel tour. Sometimes – if you are lucky – you even have an encounter with a sea turtle. But the Kyushuians also know how to party hard. This become apparent when you enter the night life scene in Fukuoka or during the big summer festivals (Matsuri), Dontaku and Yamakasa. In the one way or the other, Kyushu is a place to enjoy, relax and go on adventures!