Top 5 Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyushu

Kyushu, in southern Japan, has some excellent sakura (cherry blossoms) spots. They may be just as busy as those up north, but they make for a good change of scene. The times are about the same as in Tokyo and Kyoto. For forecasts check out the Super Cheap Japan sakura (cherry blossoms) guide. Fukuoka is the best place toContinue reading “Top 5 Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyushu”

Top 10 Autumn color spots in Kyushu

Kyushu has a host of superb spots for autumn leaves, and these spots are usually quieter than in Tokyo or Kyoto. We have include some in or near the main cities, but also a few that require a short train or bus ride. Be sure to check the discount Kyushu transportation passes to save money onContinue reading “Top 10 Autumn color spots in Kyushu”

Obama Hot Spring

Obama (小浜町) is an interesting little town on the route between Nagasaki and Unzen. While it does share its name with a American president and has a cheesy statue of him outside the Tourist Information Center, Obama is a laid back area and a great way to escape the crowds. Budget travel tips Obama isContinue reading “Obama Hot Spring”

Nagasaki Tram Pass

This tram pass is an excellent and rather nostalgic way for get around Nagasaki. It allows unlimited travel on the trams for one day. What does it cost? A one day pass is 500 yen. When can I use it? Anytime. Is it worth it? Totally worth it if you are going to a fewContinue reading “Nagasaki Tram Pass”

Unzen Onsen

Unzen Onsen (雲仙温泉) is the most famous hot spring resort near Nagasaki. After experiencing city life, it’s a great place to spend a few days, relaxing in the baths and going on some interesting walks. Budget travel tips Book as early as possible, as prices can get super pricey. If the weather looks bad, beContinue reading “Unzen Onsen”

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”