The best spots to see the changing of leaf colors from green to red, oranges and yellow start from the north down to the lower parts of Japan starting August to early September. But if you find yourself travelling to Kyushu in late September, perhaps due to a seat sale or a flash discount for travel miles you accumulated through your credit card, do not fret! You can still see koyo in the southern parts of Japan even in late September. Continue reading “Late for Autumn? Where to find Koyo in Kyushu Before Winter Arrives”
Yoshinogari is a massive 73.7 hectare-wide national park and an important archaeological site in Saga Prefecture. It showcases the Yayoi Period (300 BC to 300 AD) with its unearthed and reconstructed moat-surrounded villages containing watch towers, shrines, high-floored storehouses, ceremonial halls and other dwellings. It is believed to be the long disputed ancient country of Yamatai mentioned in early Chinese chronicles “Gishi Wajinden”due to the location and layout of the village, making it a national site of special historic importance.
Discover a Great Treasure of Japan
Visiting Yoshinogari Koen is a fantastic way of discovering ancient Japanese culture. From the fortified dwellings they resided in to the minutiae of their daily lives, you will learn what clothes they wore and how they gathered and stored food to live.
There are tons of activities you can participate in to learn more about the ancient Japanese life during the Yayoi era. You can join their fire-making class, bronze mirror making and pendant-making workshops. The pendant making workshop is highly recommended – you get to bring home the ornament you have crafted as a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Perfect for events
The large park also includes other recreational areas perfect for families and groups of friends such as a sprawling open field where people can have a picnic, play sports, relax and unwind. There are also playgrounds, disc golf and miniature golf courses, and agricultural fields where flowers and various display crops are grown.
Yoshinogari Koen is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 PM. Entrance is 400 Yen for adults, 80 Yen for children and free for infants.
Visit their site http://www.yoshinogari.jp/en/ for more information.
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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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