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Kyushu is a region to the southwest of Japan that is less frequented by tourist compared to the more popular Kansai and Kanto regions where Osaka and Tokyo are in, respectively.
Fukuoka International airport is the gateway to Northern Kyushu and is connected to the local airport and subway transport systems. Travel is convenient with most tourist destinations accessible by JR trains and local subway trains.
There are relatively few tourists in this area– a lot of times I’d be walking around by myself surrounded by locals but the tourists I encountered were mainly Koreans. Most signages are written in Japanese, Chinese and Korean rather than English.
Recommended places to visit: In Hakata city — Ohori Park is a half-day trip accessible by subway train. There is an Art museum in Ohori koen but is under restoration. Yufuin and Beppu are popular onsen (hot spring) destinations and warrants at least a two-day visit to imbibe its rejuvenating atmosphere. There is also the enchanting Mifuneyama Park, Yoshinogari Park, and Nanzoin Temple which are all accessible by JR Trains. Kawachi wisteria tunnel is also a beautiful place especially in the summer but is very touristy.
If you have more than a week in Kyushu, its southern region has more to offer.
Kyushu is a provincial region west of Japan that is less travelled but has the charm that rivals the historic Kyoto of Kansai and the vibrant Tokyo of Kanto region in central Japan. It is well worth visiting. Next time you travel to Japan, head off to the westernmost region for a more relaxing vibe and rustic Japanese atmosphere.
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