Kyushu is the third largest island of Japan and most southwesterly of its four main islands. Kyushu consists of seven prefectures; in the North, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Oita, Saga and Kumamoto, while Kagoshima and Miyazaki are in the South and Okinawa a separate island chain to the south.


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Although there’s not much to be said for the town of Beppu, the area is one of Japan’s oldest hot springs resorts, and has long been famous for its onsen baths as well as its steamier “hells.” Columns of steam rise up throughout the town – Beppu is one of the world’s most active geothermic…

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Beppu Onsen

One of the most famous hot spring resort towns in Japan, Beppu has 8 different natural springs feeding the many ryokan and public baths in the town and together they produce more onsen water than any other resort in the country. Views of the town from the surrounding mountains show steam rising thickly into the…

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Located on the northern coast of Kyushu, Fukuoka has since long ago served as Japan’s gateway of Korea, China and the rest of Asia. Having links with these foreign lands, it attracted considerable attention of continental Asian nations and it is not surprising that it was Fukuoka which came under threat from Mongol invasions of…

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As well as being one of the most famous ryokan in Japan, Gajoen is located in Myoken Onsen, a hot-springs resort renowned for its beauty worldwide. Gajoen’s charm lies in its simplicity: guests to this exclusive ryokan can expect farm-fresh cooking entirely prepared using locally-sourced ingredients, all picked and prepared on the very day of…

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Garden Terrace Hotel Miyazaki

Garden Terrace Hotel Miyazaki is a luxury boutique hotel, with peaceful bamboo surroundings, designed by the internationally acclaimed architect Kengo Kuma to blend with its environment. It is conveniently close to Miyazaki Station. The hotel has 10 Western-style twin rooms and 2 Japanese-style rooms, as well as 2 restaurants and a bar.

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Hotel Solaria Nishitetsu

Located conveniently in central Fukuoka, only a 3-minute walk from Tenjin Subway Station and having direct access to Nishitetsu Tenji Station, Hotel Solaria Nishitetsu is a modern, stylish hotel. Guests can swim at the indoor pool and refresh in the sauna rooms, or enjoy Western dishes as served at the Transblue and grilled Teppanyaki dishes…

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Kagoshima, Kyushu’s southernmost, largest city, is sometimes called the “Naples of Japan”, due to its proximity to the smoking volcanic cone of Sakurajima. Historically, the city is the administrative, economic and cultural centre of the prefecture, and dates back to the 14th century. Originally a castle town, it has, throughout the ages, established itself as…

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KAI Aso Resort

This is the perfect resort to take yourself away from busy city life and treat yourself with luxury. An awareness of the changing seasons is part of all aspects of this ryokan, from the perfectly presented kaiseki meals of the finest local ingredients to the ever-present spectacular scenery. KAI Aso manages 12 separate cottages for…

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On the western edge of Kyushu, the city of Kumamoto is best known for its castle and for Suizenji-Jōjuen garden, both of which are among Japan’s best. The city itself is, like most Japanese cities, is modern with hints of history. Kumamoto is a good base for exploring Mt Aso National Park.

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Kumamoto Castle

A large and extremely well fortified castle, Kumamoto-jo’s history dates back to 1467, when the original fortifications on the site were first built. It is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan, along with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle. Thirteen structures in the castle complex are designated as Important Cultural Property. The castle…

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Kurokawa Onsen

In the northeastern part of rural Kumamoto Prefecture, not too far from Beppu, Kurokawa Onsen is one of the prettiest and most charming hot spring resorts in Japan. Unlike the typical resort full of concrete ryokan and hotels, Kurokawa’s hot spring ryokan are almost entirely housed within charming old wooden buildings and the local community…

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Mount Aso

Mount Aso, towering above the surrounding villages and paddy fields, is an active volcano and (closely monitored) rising fumes remind visitors of the very real danger. The conical active peak, Mount Naka, holds the dubious honour of Japan’s first recorded eruption, and is the real centre of hi no kuni: the land of fire. The…

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Murata is an assortment of historical houses, collected from all over Japan and refurbished to the highest standard as private luxury cottage accommodation. Rooms feature private onsen baths and each is utterly unique. Murata is featured in the well known book ‘The Japanese spa: a guide to Japan’s finest ryokan and onsen’. Built in 1992…

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The largest city in the prefecture, Nagasaki is sadly synonymous with the atomic bomb, being the second target of nuclear warfare by the United States in World War II. Visiting the tranquil Nagasaki Peace Park and imaginatively designed Atomic Bomb Museum, is a thought-provoking experience. Situated on the western coast of Kyushu, Nagasaki also played…

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Nikko Hotel Kumamoto

Located in the middle of the town, Nikko Kumamoto hotel is within walking distance of the famous Kumamoto castle. With 191 rooms and 6 restaurants available for business and leisure travelers to enjoy. Hotel Nikko Kumamoto also features the largest banquet room in the city, which can be used for various events, such as business…

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A prefecture in eastern Kyushu, Oita is home to Beppu and Yufuin, two of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts. Usuki is a former castle town located on the east coast of Oita. It is famous for its numerous stone Buddhas which are sculpted into the walls of cliffs and designated as national treasures.

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Rembrandt Hotel Kagoshima

Just outside central Kagoshima, Rembrandt Hotel may be a short bus or taxi ride to the main sightseeing areas, but it provides clean spacious rooms and stunning views over the harbour. Many of the rooms also feature views of Sakurajima, an acitve volcano from which clouds of steam and ash can often be seen. Rembrant…

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Saigakukan Ryokan

Saigakukan is a traditional Ryokan nestling on the hillside on one side of Yufuin village, with superb views across the plateau to Mt Yukudake. With only 24 rooms, this ryokan has an intimate atmosphere enhanced by its authentic architecture and rural setting. Though the rooms are traditional in style, Saigakukan can offer western beds for…

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Sen no Mori

Sen No Mori, having only 2 villas, set in 20000 square meters, is located at the foot of Mount Aso. Nearby, a stream gurgles, and in the tranquility of the hot springs country at the base of magnificent Mount Aso, is an atmosphere of serenity to be experienced nowhere else – the perfect environment to…

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This is a special ryokan in the middle of a 32 acre bamboo forest. Set in tranquil surroundings, its eleven guestrooms have each got a traditional Japanese hearth, called “iori”, and have their own private baths; ideal for total relaxation. There are four open air baths with access for all hotel guests, as well as…

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Tenku no Mori

Literally translated as “the forest in the sky,” Tenku No Mori is a luxury hotel and spa which offers stunning panoramic views of the mountains, lush forests and active volcanoes of northern Kagoshima. Dedicated to relaxation, well-being and ecological sustainability, you can expect to be hosted in a clean, spacious and tranquil environment where your…

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Yakushima is a small subtropical island located off the southern coast of Kyushu and part of Kagoshima Prefecture. It is extensively covered by a cedar forest containing some of Japan’s oldest living trees, many of which are more than 1000 years old and are known as yakusugi. The most ancient of these trees are said…

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The small hot spring resort of Yufuin is not far from Beppu, a much larger resort town. Yufuin has many galleries, boutiques and charming cafes and is popular both as a day trip destination and as a place to stay. The town’s skyline is dominated by views of twin-peaked Mt Yufu and the area is…

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Yufuin Forest Inn Born

Situated in the forest of Tsukahara highland, Yufuin, Forest Inn Born is an intimate inn comprising only 3 rooms. The rooms are a stylish blend of Japanese and Western design, and there are onsen baths are available for your relaxation. The food served is fresh and seasonal, and great attention is paid to the aesthetics…

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Yufuin Kamenoi Bessou

Located in the heart of Yufuin hot spring district, the idyllic Kamenoi Bessou offers some unique services not available from the other ryokan in the area. Guests can choose from either the cottage style ‘hanare’ scattered around the grounds, or the western rooms in the main building. In the forest-like garden (perfect for a stroll…

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Yufuin Tamanoyu

As one of the founding ryokans of Yufuin, Tama no Yu offers a great sense of history along with the view of Yufudake mountain from the garden. This well-maintained garden has a bar, tea house and souvenir shop with the homemade and local jams and other delicacy available. The detached cottage-type rooms are also scattered…

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