7 scenic spots to discover when visiting Kyushu, Japan
Beppu is home to the largest number of hot mineral springs (onsen) in Japan and second in the world, considered as the top resort in the country of cherry blossom. Coming to Beppu, visitors will be impressed by enormous smoke columns, the heat from the water surface while experiencing these relaxing hot springs. Beppu has up to 10/11 minerals of water in the world, which are highly effective in treating some diseases by natural methods, helping strengthen your body and rejuvenate your skin.
Built in the early 17th century, Kumamoto Castle is considered as one of the greatest works in Japan. This sacred palace was the residence of the Hosokawa clan in 1632. The castle was designed in a unique style, with many anecdotes about the last samurai of the land of the rising sun. This an unignorable place if you want to learn the history of Japan.
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
Located in Fukuoka Prefecture, the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, a famous Japanese scholar of ancient times. Thanks to his wisdom and erudition, he is worshiped as a god. Today, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine welcomes millions of visitors every year, most of whom come to pray to pass the exams.
The ghost island Hashima, also known as the battleship island, was once the island with highest population density throughout the world. Hashima Island owns modern buildings and public facilities created in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the 1970s, Hashima was abandoned because of depleted resources after years of over-exploitation. Today, Hashima is almost deserted and used only for tourism. The island became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012.
Ibusuki is the most wanted destination to many Japanese tourists during their trip in Kyushu. At Ibusuki, you will be dressed in traditional yukata and cover yourself with hot sand, then relax in the onsen. This is a way to relieve stress, restore the body that is so loved by the Japanese.
According to local people, Takachiho Gorge was the place where Sun goddess Shinto brought sunshine to the world. The canyon with tender water wrapping majestic 120,000-year-old cliffs is a famous tourist destination in Japan.
Traditional craft villages
Kyushu is also famous for its traditional pottery villages such as Arita with its fine porcelain decorations in red, yellow and green; or Amari with ceramics in bold colors of the Edo period, which have white and blue as dominant colors; or Karatsu - the pottery manufacturer in favor of tea party with brown shades.
By: Quinn Abrams