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Kyushu

Kyushu is the southernmost island of Japan’s four major  islands.Although somewhat isolated with respect to the events on Honshu, it has been a major point of entry for influences from the outside world for centuries. Separated from main island of Honshu by the 2km wide Kammon Straight, Kyushu is close to China and Korea and for centuries it was the sole link with the west.

For many the prime attraction will be Nagasaki - one of the two places bombed by Allied forces with a Nuclear bomb. Kagoshima and Kumamoto have interesting castles and gardens. Mt Aso is great for hiking.

In the north Fukuoka /Hakata is the main point of entry. Ferries to Okinawa leave from here and the Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo arrives here.

Kyushu is a mountainous, volcanic  region, providing excellent hiking and hot-spring resorts for the traveller within the Aso-Kuju National Park region. in fact Mount Nakadake, at its heart, remains the largest active volcano in the world.

To the Northwest is the Saga prefecture - a very important area for the mnufacture of traditional pottery and porcelain. Karatsu and Arita are two of the most well-known comprising working kilns and museums -they can both easily be incorporated into a day’s excursion from Fukuoka.

Due to its location in the south of the country, Kyushu is significantly warmer than mainland Japan (Honshu) and so those travellihg to the country in early or mid spring would be advised to spend some time here to enjoy the early arrival of the cherry blossom (hanami)

 

 
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