Miyazaki

Miyasaki (宮崎), located in south eastern Kyushu, is a prefecture well known across the country for a stunning coastline and moderate climate. While it has seen better days in terms of tourist income, the prefecture is making a real effort to get visitors back, with generous discounts and transportation deals. The area has both great shrinesContinue reading “Miyazaki”

Yanagawa

Yanagawa (柳川) is a lovely town with some beautifully quiet canals to explore. It is located between Fukuoka and Kumamoto, and so is a cool place to stop off on the way if you want some time away from big cities. The waterways go all around the town, including the old castle ruins, traditional townhousesContinue reading “Yanagawa”

Dazaifu

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine (太宰府天満宮) is a very famous shrine dedicated to the god of study. Buy some good luck charms and enjoy walking around this stunning Shinto complex. Budget travel tips Great as a day trip from Fukuoka if you need to experience a bit more culture and history. Consider the Fukuoka Tourist City Pass if coming from Fukuoka. EarlyContinue reading “Dazaifu”

Nagasaki

Nagasaki (長崎), just like Hiroshima, is an extremely emotional place to visit, but well worth seeing. Nagasaki also experienced a nuclear bomb and there are some places related to this, as well as to the cities rich history of foreign influences. At the time of writing many of the sites are up for becoming WorldContinue reading “Nagasaki”