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The tourist attraction of Kyushu / West Japan

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Saga International Hot Air Balloon Festa
  • Saga Prefecture
  • Producer of world renowned Arita and Imari porcelain, Saga is widely known as the city of pottery. From April 29 to May 5 every year, the city holds a major event, the Arita Pottery Market, which attracts 1 million porcelain fans from all over the country. Saga also boasts Asia’s largest balloonfest “Saga Hot Air Balloon Festival” held every November. Also popular are Ureshino hot springs, known as one of Japan’s three best beauty hot spas, and the town’s many restaurants which offer squid, takezaki crab and other fresh seafood dishes.
Glover Garden
  • Nagasaki Prefecture
  • This city was the only gateway to international exchange during the Seclusion policy period of Japan. Being near to Korea and South East Asia, a strong influence of Chinese and European culture can be seen throughout Nagasaki city. Here we also find the Peace Memorial Park, China Town and one of the top 3 nightscapes in Japan, Mt. Inasa, where you can take in the one million dollar night view. The beautiful nature of Unzen and Shimabara, located near Nagasaki City, is worth seeing, as are the attractive islands Iki and Tsushima.
Beppu Hot Spring
  • Oita Prefecture
  • Oita is a heaven of hot springs. There is Beppu, Japan's number one hot spring for volume discharged; Yufuin, a tourist favorite; and many others scattered all over the prefecture. The Kokonoe Dream Suspension Bridge in Kusu-gun, Kokonoe town, completed in 2007, is, at 390m in length, 173 m in height and 1.5m in width, the largest suspension bridge in Japan and a favorite spot for tourists, particularly during the beautiful autumn leaves season.
  • Kumamoto Prefecture
  • Kumamoto is home to famous historical spots, including Kumamoto Castle and Suizenji Garden; and rich in local gourmet, in particular Kumamoto Ramen and Basashi (sliced raw horse meat). Mt. Aso, one of the world's largest caldera is surrounded with wide expanses of nature such as Aso Godake, outer mountain ranges, smoky Mt. Nakadake and magnificent Kusasenrigahama. The seagirt Amakusa offers a wide variety of fresh seafood while the mountain valley houses one of the country's famous hot springs, Kurokawa.
Nichinan Coastline
  • Miyazaki Prefecture
  • In tropical Miyazaki you can find wide expanses of blue sky, blue sea and magnificent mountain views. A resort under the dazzling hot sun, Miyazaki is also a home of classics; some of its places associated with the myth of Hyuga are mentioned in the oldest surviving book, Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters). Traditional performing arts Takachiho Yokagura is also still practiced here. Famous local delicacies include Miyazaki chicken and its prized mango.
  • Kagoshima Prefecture
  • With the active volcano, Sakurajima, as its symbol, Kagoshima city has the highest number of hot spring public baths in Japan. At the southernmost of the city is Ibusuki, where you can get your body buried in the hot sand and take in the scenic view of the ocean while enjoying the spa. Satsuma-age (deep fried fish cake), kibinago (pond herring) and black pig are some of the numerous local delicacies in city which is also widely popular as the “shochu (distilled spirit) kingdom”. Its isolated islands such as Yakushima and Amami Oshima are great natural treasures.
Atomic Bomb Dome
(photo by Hiroshima Prefecture)
  • Hiroshima
  • The central city for Chugoku and Shikoku areas, Hiroshima houses the Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park. Itsukushima Shrine, with a beautiful otorii (grand gate) and sanctuary making it a tourist favorite, is one of the three most scenic spots in Japan. Onomichi, also used as a film location and literature stage, is a hillside town dotted with old temples. Geihoku, which is located on the west side, is a Mecca for skiing activities.
(photo by Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau)
  • Osaka Prefecture
  • Known as “the kitchen of the kingdom” since old times, this city prospered as a town of trade, and is now the political, economic, and cultural center of west Japan. With the historical Osaka Castle and Tsutenkaku Tower, the new and vibrant Osaka downtown, the gourmet town of Dotonbori and the world’s largest Ferris wheel in the bay area, this city really has a lot of attractions to see. Don’t miss out on the youngsters’ favorite, Universal Studios Japan.
Gion Shirakawa
  • Kyoto Prefecture
  • Kyoto has a history of over 1200 years and is rich in World Cultural Heritage sites such as Kiyomizu Temple, Kinkaku Temple, Ginkaku Temple, Tou Temple and many others. With Japanese classical tradition and townscapes, Kyoto attracts tourists from all over the world. Kyoto is particularly awesome in spring for its beautiful sakura and in fall for its captivating autumn leaves. To know the history of Japan, Kyoto is the first place you should head for.