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Kyushu Travel Guide

Japan’s KAIZEN Strategy tour

 

KAIZEN is one of the most important key word

for Japan’s modernization and world leading industries.

 

KAIZEN is the Japanese word for “improvement”. In business, KAIZEN refers to activities

that continuously improve all functions and involve all employees from the CEO to the

workers on site. It also applies to processes, such as purchasing and logistics, that cross

organizational boundaries into the supply chain.

 

We offer to introduce KAIZEN strategy proceeded in Kitakyushu.

 


 

 Model of the tour  

 

Lecture of KAIZEN Strategy in Japan

 Lecturer : Masa Kondo, managing director of Japan KYUSHU Tourist

         (have expertise and experience in the technical field)

 Venue : Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery

 


 

 Company visit  

 

To be selected from the following.

 

Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal / Yawata Works

Japan’s first modern steel making company established in Kitakyushu in 1901. 

Now, becoming the best steel maker with World-leading capabiities.  Process of steel

making can be learned to visit Blast Furnace and Hot rolling mill plants.


 

Yaskawa Electric

World-leading motor and industrial robots manufacturing company established in Kitakyushu 

in 1915. The robots are heavy duty industrial robots used in welding, packing, assembly,

painting and other activities.    Robot manufacturing factory and Yaskawa Innovation Center 

can be visited.


 

TOTO

The world’s largest toilet manufacturer established in Kitakyushu in 1917.  The company is

well-known in Washlet which is an innovative toilet seat that features an integrated bidet.

The sanitary ware manufacturing factory and TOTO Museum can be visited.

 

 

NISSAN Motor Kyushu

The roots of NISSAN is Tobata Casting funded in Kitakyushu in 1911.  The factory was

commenced operation in 1975. Now TEANA, X-TRAIL ROGUE, SERENA and MURANO

are being manufactured.  The process from assembly of the parts to final products

can be seen.


 

TOYOTA Motor Kyushu

Established in 1991, 100% shareholder of Toyota Motor.

Major manufactured car is Lexus, and annual production volume is 430,000 cars.

Assembly line and Inspection line are visited at the factory tour.


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897 , Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Kumamoto travel guide

 

Kumamoto-city, 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 Forest and Fresh Water.”

 


 

 Exploring Kumamoto  

 

Kumamoto Castle

Entrance gate   Castle tower Kato Shrine 
   


 

After the Earthquake

Ninomaru-hiroba Castle tower Turret
   

 

Suizenji-koen Park    

 

Shimo-tori Shopping Street       

The largest shopping arcade in Kumamoto prefecture

The center of fashion and amusement where department stores and boutiques

line up and also there are gourmet area where cafes and restaurants including

local cousin restaurants opened daytime and nighttime.

 


 

Kumamoto City Tram         

The convenient public transportation to travel in the Kumamoto-city

There are two lines ;  A line and B line.

Most of the stops on the A line and B line are the same.

Popular stops that both lines go to include Suizenji-koen Park, Kumamoto Castle,

Shimo-tori Shopping Street and the Kumamoto Kotsu Centre Bus Station.

 


 

 Featured tours related to Kumamoto-city  

 

3 days Kumamoto, Aso & Takachiho tour

Where to Explore  

Day 1 : Fukuoka-city  → Kumamoto → Aso  stay Kurokawa Onsen

Day 2 : Aso sightseeing →   stay Kurokawa Onsen

Day 3 : Takachho sightseeing  → Fukuoka-city


 

7 days Central Kyushu tour         

Where to Explore  

Amakusa → Kumamoto → Aso → Takachiho → Kuju → Kokonoe → Yufuin

Asakura → Akizuki → Ukiha → Fukuoka


 

8 days Northern Kyushu tour         

Where to Explore

Fukuoka → Saga → Nagasaki → Unzen → Shimabara → Kumamoto → Aso

Okubungo region → Yufuin → Beppu → Kitakyushu → Fukuoka


 

                 Location of Kumamoto

     

 

  


 

 General information  

 

Address

1-1 Tetorihoncho, Cyuo-ku, Kumamoto-city, Kumamoto-prefecture

Cabinet designate city

Access

1 hour and 40 minutes from Fukuoka-city by a vehicle 

2 hours and 40 minutes from Kitakyushu-city by a vehicle 

Transportation

Airport

  Kumamoto Airport

 

JR main station : Kumamoto Station

 

City transportation

Population 738,000      population density : 1,890 / km2

 


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address : AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

 

Kitakyushu one-day tour

 
Kitakyushu is one of the best place to travel in Kyushu.
 
Kitakyushu-city is blessed with spectacular & stunning natural feature and has one Natioanl Park, and
two Quasi-National Parks.  And the city is the Industrial Innovation city with many fascinating features.  
The combination of industrial zones and rich nature areas are creating the most dynamic Night view
in the World.

Kitakyushu offers amazing possibilities for tour and travel to enjoy Nature, culture and local Japanese

cuisines.

 

Tour condition 
・Start and end of the tour is to be Kitakyushu
・English speaking guide is accompanied
・Chartered vehicle such as a jumbo taxi or bus is utilizes

 


 

 

 Itinerary 

 

The following two plans are offered.

Plan 1 Kokura, Mt. Sarakura and Higashida

 

9:00 Depart Hotel in Kitakyushu

Visit Kokokura Castle and Kokura Castle Garden

Explore Tanga Market and Uomachi Gintengai

Lunch at Kokura

Go up to Mt. Sarakura by Cable Car and the Slope Car

Enjoy magnificent and dynamic view from Mt. Sarakura

Visit Higashida district ;  Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery, Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

                                       World Heritage, Former Head Office

17:00 Arrive at Hotel in Kitakyushu

 

 Plan 2  :  Moji and Kokura

 

9:00 Depart Hotel in Kitakyushu

Konamon Pedstrian tunnel : cross to the Shimonoseki on foot

Transfer to Moji by vehicle throug Kanmon Bridge

Exploring Mojko Retro including lunch

Visit Kokura Castle and Kokura Castle Garden

16:00  Arrive Hotel in Kitakyushu

 


 

 Exploring Kitakyushu  

 

Mount Sarakura

The hight of the mountain is 622 meters from sea level.

In 10 minutes, you can reach the summit from the Cable Car Station using the Cable Car 

and the Slope Car.  At the top you are presented with a magnificent and spectacular view 

of Kitakyushu. ​

 

The World’s most Dynamic Night view

 


 

Japan’s modern steel industry was started as Yawata steel Works at Higashida district in 1901. 

Since then, the Works greatly contributed to Japan’s industrial modernization until rapid  postwar

economic growth.

Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery

 

  

Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

 

 

World Heritage, First Head

Office of the Steel Works 

 


 

Kokura Caltle and Kokura Castle Garden

Kokura Castle is one of the most famous land marks in Kitakyushu.

The construction was commenced in 1602 and spent 7 years to completed it.  

Kokura Caltle

 

Kokura Caltle

Kokura Castle Garden


 

Tanga Market is a typical Japanese market, known as “the kitchen” in Kitakyushu-city.

Uomachi Ginteigai is the arcade shopping streets connected from JR Kokura Station. 


 
The exotic district of Mojiko Retro is visited by more than 2 million tourists a year.
Moji-ko Port flourished following its 889 designation as a Special National Port for exporting 
coal and other products. 
     

 

Konamon Pedstrian tunnel

Only the place in the world !   You can cross the strait on foot.  The Kanmon Strait, separating Honshu

and Kyushu, is a very beautiful and busy waterway with as many as 700 small and  large ships a

day passing through it. the Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel, which enables people to cross on foot, the

“ferries”, and the like.​

 

 

 

Kanmon Bridge

It is s a suspended bridge crossing the  Kanmon Strait, a stretch of water separating two of

Japan’s four main islands.  It is the 34th largest suspension bridge in the world with a central

span of 712 meters.​


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Industrial Heritage tour in Kitakyushu

 

The tour offers how Japan became the world’s leading

Industrial country.

 

In 1901, Japanese modern steel industry started in Kitakyushu. Since then Kitakyushu became

the industry city and Japan’s Industrial modernization has been achieved here with
unprecedented surprising speed.

 

Tour condition
・Start and end of the tour is to be Kitakyushu
・Guided by Industrial Heritage guide 
・Chartered vehicle such as a jumbo taxi or bus

 

 

 
 Itinerary  
 
・Depart a hotel in Kitakyushu
 Yahata port → Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery Studio → Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

    World Herigtage  → Lunch at Otani Kaikan Hall → Kawachi Resevoir

 Dedicated railway for Yawata Steel Works
・Disband at the hotel in Kitakyushu
 

 
 Where to explore
 

Japan’s Modern Steel Works history started here

Yawata was a rural village with a small population of agriculture and fishing industry.

And this place was decided in Parliament as the Japan’s Modern Steel Works

construction site in 1897.


 

In April 2007, based on this theme of “innovation,” the Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery & Studio (KIGS)

opened in Yahata, Higashida, the first site of steel manufacturing in Japan’s modern age.

Museum Building

World Heritage,

Meiji Japan’s Industry Revolution

Introducing Industry innovation

history of Japan


 
The birth place where Japan’s steel industry began in 1901
It contributed greatly to the development of the Japanese steel industry and was used until 1972,
and has been preserved just as it was. 

 
Built in 1899, ahead of production facilities. It is an architectural fusion
of Japanese and European design, a two story red brick building with
bilateral symmetry and a central dome set in a Japanese tile roof. 

This office is a Witness who has been watching the history of industrial

modernization in Japan while also experiencing war. 

World leading rails producing

in the Steel Works

First Head Office building

registered on the World Heritage

Observation deck of the

World Heritage


 
The western-style building of Art Deco style architecture which was completed in 1927,
and opened as an employee club of the then-owned Yawata Steel Works. The Hall building 
received the Kitakyushu City Architectural Culture Award in 1989. 
 

 
The first-class civil construction heritage that triggered the registration of World Cultural Heritage of
Meiji Japan’s Industrial Revolution. The Kawachi Reservoir was constructed for the industrial water
supply to Yawata Steel Works. 

 

Connected between Yawata and Tobata. Construction work took three years, and completed in 1930. 

The most difficult and hard work was making Miyatayama tunnel with a total length of 1180 m due to

suffering from floods.

The gates of the Miyatayama tunnel are decorated with stately designs.

The rail way crossing the road

Miyatayama tunnel Yahata side

Miyatayama tunnel Tobata


 
 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897,  Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Kurume, Yame, Hoshino village tour

 

 Where to Explore  

 

Kurume : the most largest city in Chikugo regin

Yame :  The city of Japanese Tea and Traditional Crafts

Hoshino village : The most beautiful village in Japan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General condition

・Departure and disbandment place is in Fukuoka-city

・Chartered vehicle is used

 


 

 Itinerary  

 

8:30 Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Kurume

Visit Kora Taisha Shrine

transfer to Yame

Visit Yame Traditional Craft Museum

Lunch at Yame Ginnoka

Transfer to Hoshino village

Exploring Hoshino village

Transfer to Fukuoka-city  

17:30 Arrive at Fukuoka-city 

 


 

 Where to Explore

 

 Kurume

 

Kora Taisha Shrine  

The largest Shrine in Kyushu and the shrine is specified as Ichino-miya or the representative

Shrine in Chikugo region. Located in Kurume-city, stand at the middle of Kora Mountain.

From the Shrine compound, breath taking magnificent view of Chikugo plain can be seen.

Torii Gate, entrance of Shrine

Kyushu’s largest Shrine building

Magnificent view from the Shrine


 

 Yame

 

The city of Japanese Tea and Traditional Crafts

Located in the southern part of Fukuoka-prefecture, Yame grew in size after the merger

with Kurogi town,Tachibana town,Yabe village,Hoshino village in 2010.

 

Yame Traditional Craft Museum

Yame is the Centre of Japanese artificial crafts

The Museum was built in 1986 with the purpose of gathering traditional craft items together

and transferring traditional techniques and development of local industry.

Japan’s largest Stone lantern

Japan’s biggest Gold Buddhist

Altar

Hina doll


 

Yame Fukushima

White-walled townscape

The Fukushima area is designated as an important traditional buildings preservation

area by the Japanese government. Since the Edo Era (1603 – 1868), the area has flourished as

an economical and political base, and many merchant houses which retain the atmosphere of that

time remain even today, mainly in the towns of Miyano, Kyo, and Furumatsu.


 

Sake Brewery Kiyaya

Kitaya is renowned Saka brewer in Yame,was founded some 190 years ago during the Edo Era.

The Sake is produced using high-grade rice if brewing quality rice of brewing

cultivated in Fukuoka-prefecture. The Brewery can be visited and enjoy sampling Sake.


 

Featured Japanese restaurant Ginnoka

The restaurant Ginnoka uses Japanese old style house built 100 years ago,

and located next to the Sake brewery Kitaya.

The restaurant opened in 2014 and serving Japanese cuisines which is compatible

with Sake using local abundant ingredients such as vegetables, fruits and fresh river and sea fishes.

 


 

Hoshino village

The most beautiful village in Japan

Located in the southeastern part of Fukuoka Prefecture, and east side of Yame-city,

at altitudes between 200 and 1,000 metres above sea level.

As 84 percent of the village is covered with mountain forests, agriculture and forestry

are the two main industries.

planting.

Terraced fields made by stonewall

Tea Culture Museum

Star Culture Center


 

 Option  

 

Kurogi large Wisteria tree

The Wisteria Festival takes place between mid-April and early May. 

The tree is more than 600 years old

The total area of its scaffolding structure at 3,000 square meters and its longest flower

clusters measuring in at 150 centimeters, the tree looks truly spectacular when it blooms.   


 

 How to make your customized tour  

 

1. Enquiry

 The tours we are offering are customized for private travel accordance with your preferences

 and date,  click the   Enquiry Form   to tell us what you are looking for.

 

2. Proposal

・Preliminary quotation which is guide line of the tour price as per the Enquiry.

・Basic suggested itinerary will be provided.

 

3. Clarifications

 All the tour conditions are to be clarified including the grade & type of accommodations,

 transportation, visiting placed, meals and other excursions, in order to meet your requirements

 and budget.

 

4. Final proposal

 The quotation and itinerary are provided based on the Clarification.

 

5. Make an agreement 

 The agreement for proceeding the customized tour is conducted.

 

6. Enjoy the customized journey 

  All the arrangement are made as per the agreement and operated the tour in

  accordance with the plan

 

Price of the tour

The price is customized based on travel date, number of participants, hotel choices,

transportations, and other custom preferences.

 


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897 , Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Toho village, Asakura, Ukiha one-day tour

 

Agricultural industries area spreading in the Kyushu’s largest Chikugo plain

 

The Kyuhsu’s largest Chikugo River which flows from Mount Aso through the Chikugo region

to Ariake Sea.
The Kyushu’s largest Chikugo plain spreading in the Chikugo River basin
 

 


 

Tour condition

Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka-city

English speaking guide 

Local experienced and knowledgeable guidese escorts the tour

 

Chartered vehicle is utilizes

Jumbo taxi or bus as per number of pax

 


 

 Itinerary  

 

9:00 Depart Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Asakura by vehicle using Kyushu Express Way, takes 1 hour

Exploring Asakura : Toho Village, Triple Water Wheel, Yamada Weir  

Exploring Shirakabe-dori Avenue

Lunch at the featured restaurant Shirakabe

Visiting Ukiha Inari Shrine

Visiting a brewery : Saka, Shochu or Wine

Transfer to Fukuoka using Kyushu Express Way, 1 hour and 30 minutes

17:30 Arrive at Fukuoka-city 

 


 

Toho Village

Toho is a small village with a population of about 2,000 people and consist of two districts. 

Hoshuyama district, a mountain area blessed with nature

Koisiwara district, pottery industry representative of Kyushu


 

Asakura

It is a thriving area of agriculture in Fukuoka Prefecture where has rich nature

and many historical heritages.

And also there is a Onsen Resort along the Chikugo River.

 

Akizuki

A former Castle town located in

northern part of Asakura

 

Triple Water Wheel

 

Only area in Japan to use

water wheels for irrigation

Yamada Weir

Only here in Japan,  the stone

covered Weir constructed


 

Ukiha

Ukiha blessed with nature where many orchards spread out at the foot of Mino mountain range.

 

Shirakabe-dori Avenue

Time-honored scenery, back to 100 years ago.

Located in Yoshii-machi, Shirakabe, literary meaning is white wall. The avenue of houses with

white wall were constructed about 100 years ago.  About 250 houses in the area has been designated

as National important raditional buildings preservation district.


 

Lunch

Featured Restaurant, Shirakabe, located at Shirakabe Avenue

The building is designated by Government as Traditional building at the Conservation

district in Ukiha-city.

Japanese cuisines using best local ingredients that vary by season can be enjoyed.

The chef who makes that cuisines also experienced the imperial family’s cook.

The building constructed 100

year ago

Featured lunch menu

Enjoy lunch


 

Ukiha Inari Shrine

Breath taking beautiful scenery harmonizes with the Shrine

Located at foot of Mino mountain range, 130 m height from sea level.

The 90 vermilion coloured Torii Gates stand on the 300 steps stairs is introduced you

from bottom area to the Shrine main building.

To the Shrine

Shrine main building

Breath taking view from Shrine


 

Shochu Brewery

Let’s sample Chochu at Beniotome Shuzo

Shochu is a Japanese distilled beverage less than 45% alcohol by volume.

The shochu of Beniotome Shuzo is distilled from Sesame.

The brewery can be visited and there is a tasting corner,  Let’s sample Chochu.


 

 How to make your customized tour  

 

1. Enquiry

 The tours we are offering are customized for private travel accordance with your preferences

 and date,  click the   Enquiry Form   to tell us what you are looking for.

 

2. Proposal

・Preliminary quotation which is guide line of the tour price as per the Enquiry.

・Basic suggested itinerary will be provided.

 

3. Clarifications

 All the tour conditions are to be clarified including the grade & type of accommodations,

 transportation, visiting placed, meals and other excursions, in order to meet your requirements

 and budget.

 

4. Final proposal

 The quotation and itinerary are provided based on the Clarification.

 

5. Make an agreement 

 The agreement for proceeding the customized tour is conducted.

 

6. Enjoy the customized journey 

  All the arrangement are made as per the agreement and operated the tour in

  accordance with the plan

 

Price of the tour

The price is customized based on travel date, number of participants, hotel choices,

transportations, and other custom preferences.

 


 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

 Enquiry Form 

 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

Munakata & Fukutsu one-day tour

 

The Sacred Island Okinoshiam and Associated site in the Munakata Region

has been registered on the Wlorld Heritage in 2016.

 

Munakata Region is located in the west part of Fukuoka-prefecture and facing to Genkai Sea.

The area are consist of Munakata, Fukutsu, Akama and Oshima Island.

 


 

 Itinerary   The following two plans are offered  

 

  Plan 1   :  Munakata, Fukutsu and Akama

 

9:00 Depart Fukuoka-city

transfer to Munakata by using Kyushu Expressway

Visit Munakata Shrine Hetsu-gu and Takamiya Saijo

Lunch at Munakata

Visit Shinbaru-Nuyama Mounted Tombs

Visit Miyajidake Shrine

transfer to Fukuoka-city using Kyushu Expressway

17:00  Arrive Fukuoka-city

 


 

  Plan 2   :  Munakata and Oshima Island

 

9:00 Depart Fukuoka-city

transfer to Munakata by using Kyushu Expressway

Visit Munakata Shrine Hetsu-gu and Takamiya Saijo

transfer from Kono-minato to Oshima Island by Ferry boat

Visit Munakata Shrine Nakatsu-gu

Lunch at Japanese Inn

Exploring Oshima Island

Munakata Shrine Okitsu-gu Yohaisho, Windmill Observatory and Mitake mountain Observatory

transfer from Oshima Island to Kono-minato by Ferry boat

transfer to Fukuoka-city using Kyushu Expressway

17:00  Arrive Fukuoka-city

 


 

 Where to explore  

 

 Munakata 

 

Munakata Shrine Hetsu-gu, World Heritage

Hetsu-gu is one of the three shrines that comprise Munakata Shrine and enshrines

Ichikishimahime-no-Kami, one of the three female deities of Munakata.  Visitors passing

through the torii gate and proceeding along the path will find the Main Hall, dedicated to

Ichikishimahime-no-Kami, beyond the Shinmon gate. 

 Torii Gate      

Entran

Shrine main building

 

Takamiya Saijo

The steps lead to Takamiya Saijo (Ceremonial Site), where ancient rituals were performed.
Takamiya Saijo is very important since the rituals currently observed at Hetsu-gu originated there.
To the northwest of the ceremonial site, visitors can view the marine route linking Hetsu-gu with

Okinoshima via the Tsurikawa River, Oshima, and finally across the Genkai Sea.

    Entrance of Takamiya Saijo

 Worship at Takamiya Saijo

Takamiya Saijo Japan’s oldest

 Ancient style Shrine 


 

 Fukutsu  

 

Shinbaru-Nuyama Mounted Tombs, World Heritage​

The Tomb Group comprises the tombs of the Munakata clan, an ancient powerful family that led

interactions with overseas countries. The Munakata clan also performed rituals on Okinoshima

and nurtured the tradition of faith in in the sacred island


 

Miyajidake Shrine

The Shimenawa is the biggest in Japan.

Surprisingly, weight is 3ton, with 2.6m diameter and 11m length.

Shimenawa is the thick, twisted, straw rope. It was believed in ancient days that a Shimenawa

had the power to keep off evil sprits, so many objects connected with Shinto Shrines decorated


 

 Akama  

 

Sake Brewery, Katsuya Shuzo

Katsuya Shuzo is a renown local Sake brewery has long history, established in 1790.

The Goshinshu or dedicated Sake to deity for Munakata Shrine is being made this Brewey.

Recommended Sake are Okinoshina, Naranoki and Genkainada.

     

 

 Oshima Island  

 

Oshima Island located 11 km from Konominato Port in Munakata-city, and is the largest

island in Fukuoka-prefecture. The population of the island is around 700.

 


 

Access to Oshima Island by Ferry 

It takes 25 minutes by Oshima and 15 minutes by Shiokaze

        Konominato Port

          To Oshima Island

             Oshima Port


 

Munakata Shrine Nakatsu-gu,  World Heritage

Nakatsu-gu, one of the three shrines that comprise Munakata Taisha, is situated on this island and 

enshrines Tagitsuhime-no-Kami, one of the Three Goddesses of Munakata.


 

Munakata Shrine Okitsu-gu Yohaisho, World Heritage

Because Okinoshima has long been an object of worship, public access to the island is strictly limited.
The Okinoshima landscape has been preserved intact until now because local people have strictly

observed various taboos.  For example, even if one is allowed to land on the island, one is forbidden

to speak a word about what one has seen or heard there; and one must never take anything from the

island, not even a twig, blade of grass, or pebble.


 

Windmill Observatory

From the site of a cannon fort used during World War II, visitors can view Okinoshima on a clear day.

The path linking the fort site with Okitsu-gu Yohaisho was constructed by the Japanese Imperial Army.

     

 

Mitake mountain Observatory

From the observation deck atop Mt Mitakesan, visitors can view not only the main island of Kyushu,

but also Okinoshima Island.

     

 

Lunch at Japanese Inn

     

 

 

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Hitoyoshi travel guide

 
Hitoyoshi is located in the northern part of Kumamoto along Kuma-gawa River.

Hitoyoshi is a castle town once prosperous as a river port, and boasts the ruins of the Hitoyoshi castle and Hitoyoshi Onsen.

The Hitoyoshi Onsen is the collective name for 30-add hot springs including Sagara Onsen, all of which are supplied with hot water from sources around Hitoyoshi Station and in the basin of Kuma-gawa River.

The most exiting thing in Hitoyoshi is Kumasawa-kudari that is riding on a boat maneuvered by a master polar down the Kuma-gawa River, one of the three fast streams in Japan.

 


 

 Where to explore

 

Hitoyoshi Castle Ruins


 

Steam Locomotive Hitoyoshi


 
Kumagawa-kudari, boat riding

 

Aoi Aso Shrine​


 

Kyusendo Limestone Cave​

 


 

Japanese style accommodation, Ryokan

 


 

                Location of Hitoyoshi

 

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address City hall : 16 Fumoto-nachi, Hitoyoshi-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

80 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

140 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

120 minutes by a vehicle from Aso

150 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

Population 33,000   Population density 155

 

 

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Amakusa travel guide

 

Amakusa, is located in a southern part of Kumamoto, and consists of Shimo-jima,Kami-jima

and many other islands varied in size, which belong to Unzen-Amakusa National Park

along with Unzen. 

It provides ideal spots for viewing the saw-toothed coast line of Amakusa and

the small islands scattered across the sea.

Amakusa has the World Heritages of Hidden Christian Sites. 

 


 

 Exploring Amakusa  

 

Amakusa Gokyo / Pearl line

Amakusa Gokyo or Amakusa five bridges, is a general term for five bridges which connects from

Misumi at the Udo peninsula to the Oyano island, the Nagaura island, Ikejima, Maejima, and Amakusa Kamishima, was built in 1966. The area on the National road route 266 called as the Pearl Line.

First Bridge

  

Second Bridge

        

Fourth Bridge 

       


 

Amakusa Cruise

Connecting the islands of Amakusa with the inland of Kumamoto via the Uto Peninsula are

Amakusa Gokyo or Amakusa Five Bridge. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Amakusa

from the sea on a cruise.


 

 World Heritage of Hidden Chrisrian Sites and related site  

 

Oe Cathedral / World Heritage

The oldest Catholic Church in Amakusa and was one of the first churches built right after the ban

on Christianity was lifted. The and Romanesque-style architecture and the chalky white structure

was rebuilt in 1933 by a French missionary priest named Father Garnier using his own money and

contributions from local Christians living in the area.

Sakitsu Village  / World Heritage

A Gothic-looking church is located on a cove of a fishing village. In 1934, a French priest

Augustin Halbout MEP purchased the premises of the former village headman and built a

wooden and concrete finished church, with Tetsukawa Yosuke’s design and construction.

He placed the altar at the very site where fumie or a test to ensure non-allegiance to

Christianity had been conducted.

Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall

The theme Museum shows History of Christianity in Amakusa and Shimabara Rebellion

which was a peasant uprising agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians under the leadership

of Amakusa Shiro in 1637.

Tomioka Castle Ruins

Tomioka Castle was built in 1602, one year after Terasawa Shimanokami hirotaka came to Amakusa.

Although Amakusa ruled by proxy for Terasawa from Tomioka Castle, he revelled with his army in

the Shimabara Rebellion in 1637. After the rebellion, Yamasaki Kainokami Ieharu ruled from the castle,

and which was restored and enlarged to its present form. 


 

Featured sites

Sengan moutain Observatory

Ariage Octopus Street

Oppai Stone or breast stone

 


 

                 Location of Amakusa

  

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Access

by Airplane

35 minutes from Fukuoka airport to Amakusa airport

25 minutes from Kumamoto airport to Amakusa airport

by Ferry

45 minutes from Mogi port in Nagasaki to Takaoka port

30 minutes from Kuchinotsu port in Minami-Shimabara to Oniike port

bY JR 40 minutes from Kumamoto Station to Misumi Station
by Car

From Kumamoto-city

60 minutes to Misumi

70 minutes to Oyano

85 minutes to Matsushima

100 minutes to Ariake

125 minutes to Hondo

180 minuted to Shimoda Onsen

200 minutes to Oe


 

 

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Kurokawa Onsen travel guide

 

Kurokawa Onsen is one of the most popular hot spring resort, located on the northern 

side of  Mt. Aso .

Widely known for its open-air baths, it is one of the best places to enjoy the atmosphere of

old town in Japan, where more than 20 Inns (Ryokan)and gift shops standing in a row

along the Tanoharu River, a headstream of the Chikugo River.

 


 

  Yukata

    Bath

  Dinner

Wander about Onsen town  

                                 


 

Onsen Tegata

With an “Onsen Tegata”, a pass made of cedar, travelers can make the rounds of three

different open-air Onsen.

 


 

                 Location of Kurokawa

  

 

 


 

 General information  

 

Address Kurokawa, Minami-Oguni-cho, Aso-gun, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

1 hour and 50 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kumamoto Station

1 hour and 20 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto Airport

2 hours by a vehicle from Fukuoka Airport

2 hours by a vehicle from JR Hakata Station


 

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