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12 Places to visit in Kyushu, Japan

Kyushu is an island in the southwest of the main island of Honshu. At the southernmost of Japan There are abundant resources. Beautiful nature Full of various tree species Because the weather is warmer than the upper parts of the country. Fukuoka is the main city of the region as is the 6th largest city in Japan but the population is not as dense as other big cities.

1. Hashima Island

Hashima Island is an island that was built in 1887 by Mitsubishi Corporation. To be used as a shelter for workers in the coal mine Until when coal was not popular Because there is oil coming in instead This island therefore closed down. Currently, there are no people living or any utilities on the island.

Because many movies have been filmed on the island Causing this island to come back to receive attention again Whether it is Japanese movies that Thai people know well, such as Battle Royale or Hollywood movies, James Bond 007, Thai movie Hashima Project, do not believe to disparage and the latest Japanese movies from the famous anime Attack On Titans, also known as the world’s second haunted place after the Tower of London In England again Therefore, many people would like to visit this island once if there is a chance.

The tour has two rounds a day.

  • Morning registration is at 9:50 am, the boat leaves the side at 10:10 am and returns to the shore at 13.00 hrs.
  • Afternoon, register at 13.00 hrs. The ship leaves at 13.20 hrs. And returns to the shore at 16.05 hrs.

Tour price is Adults 4,000 yen (or about 1,300 baht), children cost 3,300 yen (or around 1,000 baht), small children to elementary school students 2,000 yen (or about 600 baht).

Boat crossing fee: Adults 300 yen, Children 150 yen

Museum admission fee: adults 1,800 yen, children 1,300 yen, small children to elementary school children 800 yen.

How to get there:

  • From Nagasaki Nagasaki-Eki Mae Tram Station, take the 1st tram to get off at Tsukimachi, then change to tram line no.5 to Ourakaikandori.
  • Once you’ve arrived, walk to the back of the Gusto restaurant, home of the Gunkanjima Concierge Lounge, to purchase tours to Hajima Island. Reservations can be made on the website.

2. Beppu

This is the famous hot spring town of Kyushu Is a natural hot spring that occurred after the volcanic eruption Comprised of concentrated minerals such as sulfur, iron ore, sodium carbonate, radium, there are 8 different pond characteristics include:

  1. Umi Jigoku, a blue pond like the sea And the most beautiful among all 8 ponds
  2. Oniishibozu Jigoku resembles a boiling mud. This pond also has a pool for us to soak your feet and relax from the journey as well.
  3. Yama Jigoku at this pond will have hot springs rising up, releasing white smoke throughout the area.
  4. Kamodo Jigoku has a giant standing on the pot, a symbol of the well. Inside there are 6 different small hot springs, and there are boiled eggs, hot springs, dipped in salt and sauce for you to try. Paired with cider nectar
  5. Oniyama Jigoku is an ordinary hot spring that has highlights with crocodiles that can be raised for us to walk in.
  6. Shiraike Jigoku is a milky white hot spring. Surrounded by beautiful Japanese gardens
  7. Chinoike Jigoku is a red hot spring that is made of many iron.
  8. Tatsumaki Jigoku resembles a hot spring that will rise every half hour.

The entrance fee for all 8 ponds is sold in a package of 2,000 yen, or you can choose to enter a pond at 400 yen per pond.

3. Kumamoto Castle

In addition to being reputed as the strongest castle in Japan, it is also called one of the 3 most beautiful castles in Japan. The castle has an area around 9 kilometers long. The castle has 49 turrets, 18 turret gates and 29 small gates. There are 2 towers so you can see from all angles. From a high angle, the big tower is 30.3 meters high. The 19-meter-high tower is an Edo period art style architecture. The area around the castle has about 800 cherry trees, making it one of the famous sakura viewing spots on Kyushu Island.

Entrance fee: 500 yen

Time: March – November 8: 30-18: 00 (ticket can be purchased until 17:30), December – February 8: 30-17: 00 (tickets can be purchased until 16:30)

How to get there:

  • From JR Kumamoto Station, take the tram to get off at this station. umamotojo-mae Then continue to follow the signs

4. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum was built to display and recall the atomic bomb fall in Nagasaki during World War II. The museum is divided into 4 zones that tell all the stories and events since the bombing began.

Admission Fee: Adults 200 yen, Children 100 yen

Business hours: 8: 30-17: 30 (Tickets can be purchased until 17:00)

How to get there:

  • From JR Nagasaki Station, take the tram number 1 or 3 to Hamaguchi-machi Station. Then walk for about 5 minutes.

5. Nanzoin temple

Nanzoin temple (Temple of Nanso-in), a temple with the largest reclining Buddha statue in the world. The Buddha statue is 41 meters long and 11 meters high and weighs 300 tons! Importantly, this temple is also famous for lottery requests and is also a recommended place for viewing the autumn leaves as well.

How to get there:

  • From Hakata, take the JR Sasaguri line to get off at Kido Nanzoin-mae Station and walk for about 5 minutes.

6. Mount Aso

Mount Aso is one of the large volcanoes in Japan that still has energy and can erupt at any time. (The latest eruption on October 8, 2016) has an area of ​​approximately 120 kilometers and a height of 1,592 meters, ranking the largest volcano in the world. It has the world’s first large cable car that allows tourists to reach the crater. With an expansive meadow view of this mountain But due to the volcanic eruption all the time, it is impossible to open for service at all times Please check the information on the website. Before planning a trip.

How to get there:

  • You can take the JR Kyushu train to reach ASO Station. After that, take the bus in front of the station to get to the top of the mountain.

7. Dazaifu Tenman-gū (Dazaifu Shrine)

Dazaifu Tenman-gū (Dazaifu Shrine) is famous for its education. Students preparing for the exam often come to make wishes for fulfillment. Dazaifuen Shrine is quite large during the new year, with many people coming to pray for blessings. On the way to the shrine there is a souvenir shop. And food all the way Including the stylishly designed Starbucks that are popular with tourists to take pictures too Can say that it can be bored all the way.

How to get there:

  • From Hakata Station, take the LTD. EXP MIDORI 13 or JR Kagoshima Line Rapid for ARAO / OMUTA to get to FUTSUKAICHI Station. Walk to the Nishitetsu Dazaifu Line at Nishitetsu Futsukaichi Station to get to Dazaifu Station.

8. Fukuoka Castle Ruins or Maizuru Park

In the past, Fukuoka Castle was once the largest castle on Kyushu. But was destroyed during the Meiji era reform Nowadays, only the remains of the walls and the base of the small tower in Maizuru Park, which is the famous cherry blossom viewing spot of Kyushu Island.

How to get there:

  • Take the subway and get off at Ohori Koen Station (free admission).

9. Yūtoku Inari Shrine

Yūtoku Inari Shrine (one of the 3 largest shrines in Japan) Located in Saga City, it is a Shinto shrine built in the Edo period. Famous for asking blessings about love At the top of the shrine you can see the view of the city around. It is popular to see flowers in both the spring and autumn colors.

How to get there:

  • From Hakata Station, take the JR train to get off at Hizen Kashima Station and then take a bus at Kashima Bus Center Platform 3. Take the last bus and walk for 5 minutes. (free admission in the shrine).

10. Nakasu street food (Hakata Yatai)

Nakasu street food (Hakata Yatai) is another important symbol of Kyushu is Yatai or a street food restaurant. In the nakasu area, there are many Yatai restaurants including Izakaya, grilled ramen or delicious oden. Looks attractive to eat at every store. The price is a little high when compared to other restaurants. But is considered to be quite an ancient Japanese atmosphere All menus are in Japanese. Some stores will have images in front of the store. Must take a little courage But certifying that, if tried, will fascinate Don’t forget to order beer or Umeshu (plum wine) to eat as well. The shop is only open during the night. Until 2 am only

How to get there:

By Train

  • get off at Nakasu Kawabata Station and walk for another 5 minutes.

11. Yufuin Town

Yufuin is a small town that is not as charming as a small town. Famous for bathing on-sen with view of morning mist. It is the most popular tourist destination of people who come to visit here with a lot of peace, good atmosphere and the beauty of the city, so that anyone can fall in love with Yufuin easily and the main charm of coming to this city is the classic yufuin no mori line with beautiful reflects in the city of Yufuin. There are runs 6 times a day and not every day Reservations must be made only before you can use the service. Service rounds can be checked at Reservations can be made at the train reservation counter at all JR stations. If you are sure, you should book from the plane.

How to get there:

  • Traveling to Yufuin city can be both from Beppu, Oita and Hakata.

12. Fukuoka Tower

Fukuoka Tower is the tallest building in the city at 234 meters, illuminating at night changes according to the season at the Observation Deck on the 5th floor. You can see 360 ​​degree views of Fukuoka. Admission fee is 800 yen. Show a 20% discount passport behind the building: Seaside Momochi facing Momochihama Beach. Inside, there are restaurants, shops, museums or walking down to the beach area. Then there will be shops selling people’s houses in that area for sale Grilled fish, sea clam, to taste beer, sip the cool sea breeze and chill again. Nearby are the Hawks Town Mall, which gathers more than 100 stores, especially sports brands like Nike or Adidas to shop.

How to get there:

  • Take bus # 302 # 305 # 307 from Nishitetsu-Fukuoka Station (Tenjin) or line # 306 # 312 from Hakata Station.
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