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Banyan Forests: Discover 2 of Yakushima’s Natural Hidden Gems

Yakushima has much to offer nature lovers, and its spectacular Yakusugi – ancient Japanese cedar trees – are well worth the hype. However, there is far more to Yakushima than hiking its beautiful forests, and there are other trees that are worth seeing. While the Yakusugi are undoubtedly the highlight, I was just as enchanted…

Explore the Unique Beauty of 2 Nature Reserves on the Island of Yakushima!

The island of Yakushima is undeniably one of the most beautiful places in Japan. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its scenery has inspired the anime film Mononoke Hime. While it is a fairly small island, there are many things to do in Yakushima. You can go snorkeling or white water rafting, walk…

Maruo Falls: A Perfect Pit Stop as You Travel in Kirishima, Japan

When you’re traveling out in the countryside, it’s not uncommon to find yourself driving for hours on end to reach your destination. If your travels take you to Kirishima (霧島) in Kagoshima (鹿児島) Prefecture and you’re in need of a short rest, why not stop off at this pretty little waterfall to take in the…

The Kanoya Naval Air Base Museum: Showing the Sad Yet Interesting History of War

Kanoya Naval Air Base Museum which is standing on the Kanoya Navy Airbase is a museum devoted to the history of aviation between the time of the Imperial Japanese Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). It was established in 1972 where memorial items used for the kamikaze attacks of World War II are…

Witness Rocket Launches and More at the Tanegashima Space Center!

Do you know that the largest space center in Japan is located on a small island called Tanegashima? The island is located 115 km south of Kyushu where Tanegashima Space Center has been established and covers a total of 10 million square meters on the island’s corner. The center is where rockets are built and…

Escape the City and Soak in Cape Nagasakibana’s Hidden Gems

Are you longing for that clear breezy air while listening to the beautiful sound of the ocean waves? Forget the city and head to the southernmost point of Kyushu. There you will find Cape Nagasakibana or Nagasakibana Misaki, in Japanese. It is a beautiful land blessed with mild weather and flowers that bloom all-year-round. There…

Be Amazed at Reimeikan, Kagoshima’s Prefectural Museum of Culture

Are you the kind of traveller who tries to squeeze as many museums as possible into every trip you take, be it a week-long break, a cheeky weekend away or just a manic day trip? Well, I’m certainly one of those travellers, and on my recent trip to Kagoshima one such museum that I made…

Relaxing Volcanic Style: 2 Soothing Hot Springs in Kagoshima

Is visiting the onsen one of your favourite pastimes in Japan? If you’re anything like me, you’ll try out any sort of hot spring available, from the poshest onsen resorts to the lowliest local onsens which are visited on a daily basis by the ancient regulars. If so, which type do you prefer? Obviously, the…
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