Okubungo region is located in south-east side of Oita prefecture, and consists of
Takada including kuju area and Bungo-ono.
Explore in Takeda and Kuju
Oka Castle Ruin
Although once impenetrable with its high cliffs, today there is little that remains of Oka Castle
Nagayu Onsen resort
The hot spring is known as one of the world’s top carbonate spring.
Kokonoe Yume Otsutihasi
Japan’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge with the 390 meter long, lovated at 777 meter above sea level.
Exploring Kuju area
|Kuju Flower Park||Kuju Winery||Bungo Beef|
Explore in Bungo-ono
In the Ogata River, running through the center of the Ogata plain in Oita Prefecture
|Densyokan Building||Kinu-san Clay doll||Kinu-san Clay doll|
|Michino-eki, local shopping center||Chindano-taki Water Fall||Chindano-taki Water Fall|
Location of Okubungo
Nakatsu & Yabakei (中津・耶馬渓）
Nakatsu is a small city on the north coast of Oita-prefecture, just east of its
border with Fukuoka-prefecture.
During the Edo Period of Japanese history, Nakatsu was a mid-sized domain, and the
town itself has recently expanded to include outlying towns and districts and now comprises
almost 500 square kilometers with a population of almost 85,000.
The castle was built in 1588 on the estuary of Nakatsu river.
The temple called Akakabe Dera literally means red wall.
The approximately 1 km high monolithic rockey mountain
The tunnel built by a monk Zenkai in Edo period, spending 30 years
A historic temple built on the top of the mountain in 645
Called Hitomi Hakkei, the scenic spot
Maple Yaba Cycling Road
Cycling road built on the site of the old Yabakei Railroad
Location of Nakatsu & Yabakei
Usa & Ajimu (宇佐 & 安心院）
Usa area including Ajimu are located at the base of Kunisaki peninsula and spreading around
Since ancient time the Kunisaki peninsula has been home of Kyushu’s prominent Usa Shrine,
influencing the surrounding hills and valleys with Buddhist culture. Although this is a Shinto shrine,
it has long been holy ground to both Shinto and Buddhist activities, and the Kunisaki Mountains
and valleys were often chosen by monks as practice ground for meditation.
Exploring Usa & Ajimu
|Torii Gate||Approach to Shrine||Shrine main building|
|Sen Cliffs||Higashi-shiya Waterfall||Suzai Waterfall|
|Fukami Five Story Pagoda||Trowel Painting||Trowel Painting|
Futaba-no-sato Museum, Sumo Grand Champion Futabayama Museum
Senzai Farm Garden
250 wisteria flowers bloom at the most largest garden in Kyushu, 200 roses bloom from May
|Wisteria flower||Tea Plantation||Rose Garden|
Location of Usa&Ajimu
Kunisaki peninsula (国東半島）
Kunisaki peninsula began to develop 1,300 years ago as a sacred religious ground influenced by mountain and nature worship, Buddhism, and
Usa shrine rising in the region. Here remains in Bungo-takada city the historical
background for “home of prayer” consecrating a mass the Shinto deity, Buddha,
and ancestral spirit. And one of major industry is agriculture and entire area of
Kunisaki peninsula including Usa are listed on the World Agricultural Heritage.
Welcome to Kunisaki Peninsula
|Lover’s (koikana) Road||Rural area||
Exploring Kunisaki Peninsula
The oldest extant wooden
structure in Kyushu
|Image of the god Fudo||Temnemji temple||
Place of Shugendo
World Agricultural Heritage
Location of Kunisaki peninsula
The city is blessed with spectacular & stunning natural feature.
Kitakyushu offers amazing possibilities for tourism and travel with a combination of spectacular
scenery, rich cultural experiences as well as learning possibilities through Study tours based on
the environmental and industrial themes.
|Kokura Castle||Kokura Castle Garden||River Walk Kitasyushu|
|Tanga market||Uomachi Gintengai Shopping||Light up of Steel Works|
|Mojiko Retro Observatory||Mojiko Retro Port||Kanmonkyo bridge|
|Konamon Pedstrian tunnel|
Kawachi Wisteria Garden
Location of Kitakyushu-city
Access to Kitakyushu
80 minutes by a vehicle using High Way from Fukuoka Air Port
40 minutes by JR Express train from Hakata Station
19 minutes by JR Shinkansen (bullet train ) from Hakata Station
Chikugo region (筑後）
Chikugo region consists of Asakura, Akizuki, Ukiha, Tanushimaru, and Yame
|Asakura Triple Water Wheel||Yamada Weir||Toho Village|
|Sakurano-baba Street||Cherry Blossoms||Autumn leaves|
|Gate way||Chikugo River||Onsen resort|
|Over view of the town||Canal in the town||Shirakabe-dori Avenue|
Featured Restaurant, Shirakabe, located at Shirakabe-dori Avenue
Nijino Mino-no-sato, local Farmer’s Market
Kirin Beer Farm, at Asakura
|Reataurant||Cosmos Garden||Cosmos flowers|
Breweries in Tanushimaru
|Sake Brewery||Syochu Brewery||Winery|
|Tea plantation||Kurogi Wisteria tree||Sake brewery|
Fruit picking in Asakura, Ukiha and Tanushimaru
Strawberry, Grape, Pear, Apple and Persimmon
Location of Chikugo
A castle town reputed for its woodlands and fresh water
Kumamoto, situated roughly in the center of Kumamoto Prefecture, is the government and
economic center of the prefecture.
From the early 17th century to the end of the 19th century, Kumamoto was prosperous
as a castle town. The Shira-kawa River and its branches run through the downtown area
around Kumamoto Castle. Therefore, the city is called “City of Woods and Fresh Water.”
Welcome to Kumamoto
|Kato Kiyamasa Statue||Shimo-tori Shopping Street||Street tram|
|Entrance gate||Castle tower||Kato Shrine|
After the Earthquake
Location of Kumamoto
Access to Kumamoto
by a vehicle
from Fukuoka-city : 1 hour and 40 minutes
from Kitakyushu-city : 2 hours and 40 minutes
Shimabara （島 原）
Shimabara is a city located on the north-eastern tip of Shimabara Peninsula, facing Ariake Bay
in the east and Mt. Unzen including Mt. Fugen.
The most popular tourist destinations in Shimabara city are the Shimabara Castle. Shimabara is
also blessed with many Onsen.
There is so much natural spring water, both hot and cold, that it runs through the streets.
Welcome to Shimabara
|Shimabara-gaiko||Shimabara port||Kuchinotsu port|
|Shimabara Castle moat||Shimabara Castle tower||View from Castle tower|
|Samurai houses||Samurai houses inside||Samurai street|
|Harajo Castle ruins||Site of Shimabara Revellion||Amakusa Shiro Statue|
Location of Shimabara
Unzen (雲 仙）
Unzen is a beautiful mountain and Onsen resort, and was the first area to be designated
as a National Park in Japan. Whether you are taking in the stunning panoramic views
from top one of the many peaks including Nita-toge Pass or looking up these volcanic
mountains or Fugen, you will marvel at the spectacular scenery.
As each season brings a vivid change to the appearance the face of Unzen you may wish
to return again and again to enjoy the full range of rich variations.
Welcome to Unzen
|Unzen Bus center||Onsen resort near Bus center||Entrance of Unzen resort|
|Nita Pass||Nita Pass azaleas in Spring||Nita Pass Rope Way Station|
|Bideo Museum||Bideo Museum||Unzen Golf Course|
Location of Unzen
Access to Unzen
・30 minutes by car from Shimabara
・80 minutes by car from Nagasaki-city
・2 and half hours by car from Fukuoka-city
Aso (阿 蘇）
Aso region is one of the most popular tourist destination in Kyushu.
The world’s largest caldera and the active volcano give a lot of excitements.
And numerous unforgettable experiences in the rural area can be mede including Onsen,
variety of sports and local cuisines.
Welcome to Aso
Where to explore
Mt. Aso, Nakadake
|Around Crater||Look down the Crater||Crater|
|Sensui-kyo||Issingyo big cherry tree||Aso shrine|
|Shirakawa suigen||Kurokawa Onsen||Nabegataki Waterfall|
Location of Aso
Access to Aso
by a vehicle
from Kumamoto-city : 60 minutes
from Fukuoka-city : 2 hours and 30 minutes
from Kitakyushu-city : 3 hours and 30 minutes