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Kyushu is the third-largest island located southwest of the main island Honshu, and the most southerly of the four largest islands. The island is separated from Honshu by the Kanmon Straits. Kyushu has 10.3 percent of the population of Japan. Being the nearest island to the Asian continent, historically it was the gateway to Japan.

An early center of Japanese civilization, Kyushu offers many historic treasures, modern cities and natural beauty. It is often characterized by warm climate, abundant food production and dynamic nature including active volcanoes such as Mt Aso and Sakurajima.

Well-known destinations of Kyushu are the onsen town of Beppu, the home of Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki, the historically significant shinto shrine of Dazaifu and the tropical islands of Okinawa. Kyushu’s famous foods include ramen, seafood, particularly calamari and puffer fish, many wagyu brands, fruit and green tea. Kyushu is also known for its highly skilled artisans in the areas of ceramics, textile and bamboo crafts.

Next Departure 17th Nov, 2024
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Best time to visit Kyushu is absolutely any time due to its mild climate. It rarely snows on flats in winter, in fact winter is the best season for walking.

Journey to the East has close affinity with Kyushu as one of the founders, Yuki is from Fukuoka, the capital of Kyushu. Two of the Japan based staff are also residents of Fukuoka. Journey to the East saw the potential of Kyushu’s untapped tourism resources from early on, and developed the Food Tour of Kyushu, Japan, which is one of the most popular food tours of Japan. A Food and Craft Tour of Kyushu and a Walking Tour of Kyushu are currently in development due to be released post COVID.

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