Based in Fukuoka, you can travel to sightseeing areas in various parts of the Kyushu region

By making use of the Shinkansen bullet trains and expressways, you can smoothly go sightseeing in the Kyushu region where there are a variety of sightseeing spots.

*Times required are rough indications in cases where Shinkansen bullet trains or JR trains are used from Fukuoka (JR Hakata Station) to respective prefectural capitals (main stations.)

■Shinkansen / JR line

*Required time is shown as a criterion in the applicable section. It is subject to change depending on the train or the time zone.

Tour of temples and shrines in Hakata and shopping

SightseeingWalking tour of the town of Hakata that has many historical spots such as shrines and temples. You can also enjoy shopping at “CANAL CITY HAKATA” a leisure complex facility nearby.

Feel the history and culture in the tourist city of Dazaifu

In “Nihon Shoki” (the Chronicles of Japan), there is a description of Dazaifu. The tour will visit the Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine that enshrines Michizane Sugawara as the god of learning and is crowded with many worshippers throughout the year, as well as the nation’s fourth oldest national museum, the Kyushu National Museum, and other places.

You can enjoy the atmosphere of a castle town as well as a river punting

Yanagawa is a city famous for its river punting to visit the water town of Yanagawa, which is designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty. In the tour, participants can feel the tradition and food culture unique to the “water town.”

Fruit picking and tour of sake breweries

It takes 17 minutes at the earliest from central Fukuoka city to Kurume city rich in nature. You can fully enjoy various flowers, seasonal fruits and the culture of sake brewing unique to Japan.

6 prefectures in the Kyushu region are within a day trip of Fukuoka.Smooth access to attractive sightseeing areas

The Kyushu region is home to World Heritage sites and cultural heritage sites. The convenient transportation network enables one-day sightseeing trips.

①One of the new three major night views of the world

Nagasaki was selected as one of the new three major night views of the world along with Monaco and Hong Kong. Mt. Inasa is one of the representative spots commanding a superb view, while you can also enjoy great night views from other places such as Mt. Nabekanmuri and Kazagashira Park.

②Glover Garden

Located on the top of a hill of Minami-Yamate, the Glover Garden commands a stunning view of the Port of Nagasaki and still retains the atmosphere of the foreign settlement period.

③Gunkanjima(Hashima Island)

Hashima Island, which once thrived on the coal mining industry, is called “Gunkanjima (Battleship Island)” because of its appearance resembling a battleship. The island was inscribed on the World Cultural Heritage list in 2015 and landing tours are popular.

④Imari porcelain / Arita porcelain

On clear white porcelain, unique styles such as Koimari, Kakiemon and Nabeshima stand out.

⑤Saga International Balloon Fiesta

The Saga International Balloon Fiesta is one of the largest fire balloon festivals in Asia. The annual event is held mainly on the banks of the Kase River in Saga city in early November.

⑥Karatsu City

Karatsu City has a wide range of features such as the beautiful Karatsu Castle, foods in the Genkai Sea and the nationally-known Karatsu wares. You can enjoy strolling for history at leisure.

⑦Kumamoto Castle

The Kumamoto Castle was built by Kiyomasa Kato in 1607. Its Honmaru Goten palace and gorgeous interior were restored in celebration of the castle’s 400th anniversary.

⑧Aso City

Aso City, which has five peaks of Mt. Aso and one of the world’s largest calderas, is an “Earth heritage” designated as a Japanese Geopark. Its changing sceneries of four seasons keep visitors from being bored.

⑨Kurokawa hot springs

Each ryokan inn has its own hot spring source and therefore the hot springs differ between ryokan inns in smell, color and quality. A hot spring ticket for three different open-air baths (1,200 yen) is gaining popularity.

⑩Beppu hot springs

The modernised city and the atmosphere of the long-established hot spring resort coexist in the hot spring town. There are many spring qualities, and the city boasts Japan’s largest amount of hot spring discharge.

⑪Yufuin hot springs

Yufuin is a hot spring resort boasting a high profile and popularity throughout the country and has a wide variety of inns. At the Kinrin Lake, which is a symbol of Yufuin, visitors can see the fantastical view of the fog-infested lake in the morning from late autumn to winter.

⑫Kokonoe “Yume” Otsurihashi

The Kokonoe “Yume” Otsurihashi is Japan’s highest and longest suspension bridge. From the 390 metre-long, 173 metre-high bridge at a height of 777 metres above sea level, you can enjoy a stunning view. There are hot springs around the bridge so you can enjoy these hot springs.

⑬Takachiho Gorge

The Takachiho Gorge was created by lava pouring down from an eruption of Mt. Aso, and has steep cliffs. The Manai-no-taki falls that were chosen as one of the 100 best waterfalls in Japan are illuminated in summer, creating a fantastical view. You can enjoy a dynamic view of the falls and cliffs from a boat.

⑭Sakurajima Volcano

Sakurajima is a globally-known active volcano where smoke still rises and ash falls. It is an active composite volcano comprising Kita-dake (northern peak,) Naka-dake (central peak) and Minami-dake (southern peak,) and there are many records of eruptions since ancient times.

⑮Ibusuki hot springs

Ibusuki is known for its steaming-hot sand bath, or sunamushi onsen, where you lie on a beach that seeps with hot spring water and are buried in the sand comfortably. The bath is believed to have better effects than regular hot springs, and is popular among women because the bath is said to prevent inflammation and increase the skin’s metabolism.