(c)Nagasaki Prefecture Convention and Tourism Association
The highlights of the Kyushu area are the onsen hot springs and the many buildings in Nagasaki with western architecture. These buildings, the remnants of the area that was the first to modernize through adopting elements of western civilization, will remain in your heart with a nostalgic feeling. In addition, Kyushu, with its many volcanos, is Japan’s best onsen area. You can enjoy diverse varieties of onsen in different areas. Please leisurely enjoy Kyushu through a ride on a steam train or a sightseeing train that will in itself become a precious experience.
Takeo City is located in the western part of Saga Prefecture and once flourished as a post town on the Nagasaki Kaido highway, connecting Kokura in Fukuoka Prefecture and Nagasaki in Nagasaki Prefecture. The city is known for Takeo Onsen, a 1,300-year-old hot spring town, as well as other tourist attractions like the beautiful vermilion-lacquered tower gate and the exquisite Japanese gardens of Mifuneyama Rakuen.
Fukuoka, known as the gateway to Kyushu, is a lively town bustling with many tourists. In particular, the groups of food stands that light up the nighttime are the signature scenery of Fukuoka. On the other hand, there is an abundance of green landscapes, including Ohori Park, where you can enjoy a relaxing time.
The Aso area is located in the northeast of Kumamoto Prefecture. It boasts a stunningly beautiful caldera, one of the greatest in the world, within which stands the still-smoking Mount Nakadake. Immerse yourself in the power of its magnificent natural world. An abundance of hot springs, including Uchinomaki Onsen, also charms travelers.
The Nichinan area is located in the southern part of Miyazaki Prefecture facing the Sea of Hyuga, and is characterized by its warm climate all year round. Must-see spots along the Nichinan Line include Aoshima Jingu Shrine and the “Devil’s Washboard” that surrounds Aoshima Island. Travel to Udo Jingu Shrine, with its history of myths, and to Obi where samurai residences still stand.
Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture is well-known for its natural sand hot spring, a rarity in the world. It also has many promising matchmaking spots such as Ryugu Shrine and Chiringashima Island. It is the perfect place to warm your body and soul.
Yufuin is an onsen area in Kyushu, and one of its appeals is its abundant hot water flowing from the source. You can visit Yufuin on the sightseeing train built to convey the area’s charms. It is also recommended to walk around the streets while snacking on local specialties and shopping.
Take a ride on a nostalgic steam locomotive in Kumamoto in Kyushu! Hop aboard the “SL Hitoyoshi,” eat an ekiben lunchbox, and seek out onsen and unexplored areas to enjoy a lovely Japanese journey to the fullest. This wonderful time will leave memories that last a lifetime.
In Nagasaki, home of World Heritage sites, you can enjoy history-filled, traditional sights, including Japan’s Christian cultural heritage and precious western-style architecture. Its night view, selected as one of the “world’s new top three night views,” is a must-see.
Trains through Kyushu
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Seaside Train Tours for the “Two Stars” of West Kyushu – Saga and Nagasaki
36+3 (Sanjyu-Roku plus San)
A new, exceptional train packed with the charms of Kyushu
A train for parents and their children, full of fun activities
A resort train that travels down Miyazaki Prefecture, the land of myth
Limited Express Ibusuki no Tamatebako
Take a scenic journey aboard the Tamatebako!
Yufuin no Mori
A resort-like train with a modern wooden interior