Kyushu, the southern island of Japan has quite a few places to offer. Having lived in Kyushu for four years now, here is a collection of my top five choices. If you are visiting Kyushu anytime soon, these places are worth to check out! Here are my top 5 recommendations:
Located at Nagasaki, Huis Ten Bosch is an amusement park, one of its kind. My English friend once described it as a “Japanese Version of Europe”. The architecture and the feel is very European, and just like in any other amusement park, there are a lot of things to do and see. But, don’t miss out on the Haunted House section! That section is different from other amusement parks like Universal Studios or Disneyland.
In Night View Summit 2012, Nagasaki was actually recognized as one of the top three best views in the world. The glass-paneled rope-way takes one to the top of Mt. Inasa from Fuchijinja. The view from there surely is spectacular as the lights and ocean shine brightly.
Shidakako Lake is a beautiful place to be during both spring-sakura and autumn seasons. While the view is already very serene, the swans and seasonal boat rides are available to make your day at Shidakako even better. If you enjoy outdoors and love nature, this is the spot for you.
Yet another great place for nature-lovers: Takachiho Gorge. Not only this gorge is one of its kind in Japan, you can also go on a boat ride in between these rocks. Along with the boat ride there are also walking-courses which lead one to many temples or shrines. It is surely a breathtaking sight.
Beppu, the city of onsen has a lot to offer when it comes to taking a relaxing bath after a long day of traveling or exhaustion. Located in Kannawa Area of Beppu, this onsen surely has facilities like no other. Hyotan Onsen is one of the most renowned hot springs. It is the only onsen in Japan that has been awarded with three stars by the Michelin tourist guide book. You can choose from a variety of options such as sand bath, family bath, hot spring, you name it, they have it.
For those visiting Kita-Kyushu, I personally recommend, using the Northern Kyushu pass or All-Kyushu Pass. For details on prices, please check the site below: