Kyushu

Visit a Real-Life Version of Kiki’s Bakery From the Ghibli Animation in Japan!

Are you a huge fan of Studio Ghibli animations? If you are, then you must have come across the 1989 fantasy animation, Kiki’s Delivery Service. Interestingly, there’s a real-life Kiki’s Bakery located in a small hamlet called Yufuin Floral Village in Japan. Not much is known about the place other than having a whimsical and…

Craving Craft Beer in Kagoshima? Check Out These 2 Fantastic Bars!

Kagoshima is a delightful and friendly city in the south of Kyushu that is famous for its iconic active volcano, Sakurajima. It is also well known as a producer of Japanese shochu, and there are numerous stores stocked with beautifully decorated bottles of this traditional spirit. However, for those who prefer a cold glass of…

10 Things to Do in Omura, the City of History and Flowers in Nagasaki, Japan

Discover Omura City’s rich history and its deep ties to Christianity. Symbolized by a rare kind of sakura, this city in Nagasaki is also popular for its flowers. Here are 10 things to do in the city of history and flowers! 1. Meet Japan’s first Christian daimyo A post shared by 城 takahiro (@taka10.8bass) on…

10 Things to Do in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto, Home of the World’s Heaviest Pomelo

Located in the center of Kyushu is the second largest city in Kumamoto. Explore this old castle town – here are some of the exciting things you can do in Yatsushiro! 1. Visit the Yatsushiro Shrine A post shared by たけざきゆうこ (@yuko_playful) on Sep 23, 2017 at 11:59pm PDT The Yatsushiro Shrine was formerly called…

Fancy Hiking in Fukuoka? Then You Have to Visit These 3 Beautiful Mountains!

One of the best things about Fukuoka is its close proximity to nature. If you’re looking for a scenic hike, there’s plenty on offer here, whether you’re a curious beginner or a seasoned hiker looking for a challenge. So if you feel like escaping the hustle and bustle of the city for a day, why…

Don’t Miss This UNESCO-Recognized Japanese Festival in Kumamoto This November!

Discover this 400-year-old festival that has recently been designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. See the Yatsushiro Myoken Festival this November 2017 in Kumamoto Prefecture! Yatsushiro Myoken Festival Dubbed as one of the three great festivals in Kyushu, the Yatsushiro Myoken Festival is celebrated yearly on November 22 and 23. An autumn festivity at…

Looking For Delicious Vegan Food in Fukuoka? Check out These 3 Restaurants!

Fukuoka, located in the north of Kyushu, is famous for its yatai (屋台), or open-air food stands, but may not seem to have much to offer vegetarians and vegans at first glance. However, if you know where to look you can find some great plant-based options here! If you’re planning on visiting this vibrant city,…

Don’t Miss This Annual Illumination Event at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki, Japan!

Have you ever been or heard of Huis Ten Bosch (ハウステンボス)? This Dutch-style theme park got its name, which literally means “house in the woods,” from one of the three official residences of the Dutch royal family. It is the largest theme park in Japan featuring a wide variety of old Dutch-style buildings that house…

See Colorful Hot Air Balloons Up in the Sky at This Balloon Festival in Japan!

Do you want to attend a colorful event where you can see hot air balloons flying in the sky? Come join the 2017 Saga International Balloon Fiesta! Happening on November 1 to 5, 2017, in Saga, Japan, this international competition will be participated by 15 countries flying more than 100 hot air balloons. Check it…

10 Interesting Things to Do in Hitoyoshi City, Kyushu’s “Little Kyoto”

“Castle town,” “onsen town,” and sometimes a “town of fog” – Hitoyoshi is known by many names, among which is “Little Kyoto.” Discover the charms of this hidden village in Kumamoto. Hitoyoshi is a city located in the southern part of Kumamoto Prefecture. As a tourist destination, it is popular for river rafting and its…