Okubungo region is located in south-east side of Oita prefecture, and consists of
Takada including area, Bungo-ono, Kusu included Kokonoe.
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.
|Kuju Flower Park||Kuju Winery||Bungo Beef|
Exploring Kusu inscuding Kokonoe
Kokonoe Yume Otsutihasi
Japan’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge with the 390 meter long, lovated at 777 meter
above sea level.
Sujiyu Onsen Resort
Nature-rich and quiet Onsen Resort located at the foot of the Mount Waita.
It takes about one hour to Yufuin by car.
Handa kogen Plateau
It belongs to Aso Kuju National Park, located in the southern part of Kokonoe-cho, Kusu-gun,.
Altitude is 800 to 1,200 m. By the opening of the Yamanami Highway in 1964, the area became
a nice sightseeing spot connected to Beppu Onsen and Yufuin in the north and Aso in the south.
Explore in Bungo-ono and Ogata
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
Yufuin is a beautiful and quietly rustic Onsen Resort where one of the
most popular among ladies and International tourist visits to here are increasing.
Yufuin is located near Beppu in a green valley beneath the spectacular
Mt. Yufu, a short walk from the town center will take you to a mix of paddy fields,
housing and unmarked Ryokan, with the old temple thrown in.
One of landmark in Yufuin. Hot water gushes from the bottom of the lake, and hot
steam rises from its surface on a cold day. The lake is located at the end of the town’s main
walking route, about a kilometer and a half from the Yufuin station
The old public outdoor bath with a thatched roof beside Kinrinko lake in Yufuin.
The bathing here is mixed, as baths often were before the arrival, during the Meiji period
( 1869 – 1912).
Yufuin Floral Village
Wander about the street
Kamenoi Besso, a featured accommodation around Kinrinko lake
Location of Yufuin
Miyazaki & Nichinan
Miyazaki & Nichinan are facing the Pacific Ocean with a beautiful coastline contains placed
of natural beauty, like Aoshima and Toi-misaki Cape.
Also, on the Hitotsuba Beach of Miyazaki-city are Ocean Dome, 700 hectare all-weather
indoor water park, and Miyazaki Sea Gaia, a comprehensive resort complex complete with
a wildlife park, golf courses and hotels.
Obi Castle Ruins
Sun Messe Nichinan
Night life Miyazaki
Location of Miyazaki&Nichinan
Kagoshima & Osumi peninsula
Kagoshima is the southernmost prefecture in Kyushu which can see Sakurajima which
raises the smoke across the Kagoshima Bay.
Kagoshima prospered in the Edo period as a castle town, and is a hometown of Takamori Saigo
who contributed to the Meiji Restoration
Where to visit
Sengan-en is the most famous garden in Kagoshima-ken, made by Shimazu lord in the 19th century
at the beautiful bayside Kinko bay. The garden contains many historic artifacts that tell of its
Shoko Shuseikan Modern Industrial Complex
The museum of the Classics located here exhibits a various of objests related to the Shimazu
family and the Satsuma domain, introducing a Shimazu family tree chart and many other
belongings. The stone buiding which houses the collection has been desighnated on the
World Heritage, Meiji Japan’s Industrial Revolution,
An active strato volcano with three peaks, Kita-dake, Naka-dake and still active Minami-dake.
Formerly an island, it became connected with the Osumi Peninsula in 1914 when lava from its
summit closed the channel between the two
The southernmost Cape of main land Japan at 31′ 00″ latitude.
Cape Sata is home to many sub-tropical flowers. Visitors may board a semi-submersible
glass bottomed boat called the “Sata Day Go” to enjoy coral reefs marine creatures and
the underwater world.
Location of Kagoshima
Chiran is called a small Kyoto in Kagoshima, offer you a fine collection of Samurai houses and gardens that were built about 260 years ago.
Chiran Samurai Residence
Those Samurai Houses were built about 250 years ago. Their gardens are beautiful
desighned, with Mt. Hahaga-dake as the background. Other natural elements are
also incorporated, making the whole area resemble a scries of miniture of Japanese
gardens housed in boxes. Seven of the gardens are designated as natural scenic spots.
This museum exhibits precious materials such as pictures, letters, wills, articles and
memontos of the 1,036 Kamikaze pilots based in Chiran who perticipated in the Battle for
Okinawa towards the end of World War 2. It also houses a No.3 type fighter aircraft, Hien.
Location of Chiran
Kirishima is located in the northeastern part of Kagoshima and is the entrance to the
Kirishima district of Kirishima Yaku National Park, which includes the Kirishima volcanic
chain, Sakura jima and Yaku shima Islands.
Where to visit
The red-painted main building of shrine, an Important Cultural Property, is where music and
festivals are offered, including the Kagura dance, Minami Kyushu Kagura matsuri Festival
Lying on the lower slopes of the Kirishima Mountain with a distant view over Kagoshima Bay
and Sakurajima below.
The area is made up of over a dozen Onsen, of which the largest and best know is Maruo Onsen
The Fukuyama area along Kinko Bay is home to the famous Japanese black vinegar.
Over here, one can tour the old-fashioned Tshubobatake which leterally means a field of
vinegar jars, witness the traditional manufacturing process of the black vinegar, taste and
purchase the finished product.
Location of Krishima
Ibusuki & Satsuma peninsula
Ibusuki is a Onsen resort representing Kyushu, and is located in Kagoshima Prefecture along the
sea at the southernmost end of the Satsuma peninsula.
Welcome to Ibusuki Onsen resort
JR Ibusuki Station
Foot bath at JR Ibusuki Station
Ibusuki Onsen resort
Where to explore
Steaming sand bath
It is best known for its steaming sand baths along the beach, where bathers in a yukata, or Japanese bathrobe get buried in the sand up to their neck. The sand heated by steam containing marine minerals is scientifically proven to have therapeutic effects on neuralgia, rheumatism, back pain and other ailments.
A circumference of 15 km and a maximum depth of 233 meter, where was created by
volcanic activity long ago. Large eel with a length of 2 meter and circumference of 50 cm
inhabit the lake. It was also known as the lake of a legendary monster called ” Issy”
purported to live in the lake.
The southernmost railway station of mainland Japan
You can pray for matching and good fortune in love
The cape is the southernmost point of Satsuma peninsula, where a white lighthouse stands.
You can enjoy the view of the magnificent Mt. Kaimondake and rocks with the sea spray
wearing them. The Cape is said to be the birthplace of the legend of Ryugu.
Meiji-gura, Shochu Brewery
Makurazaki Osakana Center
Somen noodle nagashi
The unique Somen noodle nagashi in Tosenkyo revine in Kaimon open throughour the year
serving cold Somen noodle that swim in the revloving container.
Location of Ibusuki
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.
Hitoyoshi Castle Ruins
Steam Locomotive Hitoyoshi
Aoi Aso Shrine
Kyusendo Limestone Cave
Japanese style accommodation, Ryokan
Location of Hitoyoshi
Hyuga is a bay city, facing the Hyuga nada Sea.
The whole area along Cape Hyuga- misaki with its many exposed rocks is designated
as the Nippo-Kaigan Quasi-National Park. Umagase at the top of Cape Hyuga-misaki is a precipitous cliff of pillar-like rock,
towering as high as 70m.
The area in the city is designated a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic buildings, and there remain much of the atmosphere of the 19th century, including
buildings of old times, earthen walls, and stone pavements.
Hyuga Sun Park
Location of Hyuga
Mojiko Retro (門司港レトロ）
The exotic district of Mojiko-Retro is visited by more than 2 million tourists a year.
Time have changed but architectural remainder like the former Moji Customs
Building from 1912, the wooden Mojiko Station Building from 1914, and the former Osaka Mitshi
O.S.L Line building from 1917 in Moji-ko Port Retro area remain as symbols and attractions.
Where to explore
The suspended bridge crossing the Kanmon Straits, a stretch of water separating two of Japan’s
four main islands. On the Honshu Island side of the bridge is Shimonoseki and on the Kyushu Island
side is Kutakyushu
View from Mekari Observatory
Kitakyushu, Kyushu Island
Semonoseki, Honshu Island
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.
It was built by the Mitsui Co., Ltd in 1921 as a reception centre and to provide accommodation
for VIP’s. Albert Einstein (1879-1955), one of the world’s most famous theoretical physicists,
stayed here during his visit to Japan with his wife in 1922.
This bridge, made in 2003, is the only pedestrian draw bridge in Japan, and is one the
most popular photo spot in Mojiko Retro. The length of the bridge is 108 meters and
it is opened 6 times a day at 10h, 11h, 13h, 14h, 15h and 16h.
It is a railway theme park organized by JR Kyushu, showing the history of Kyushu Railways.
The display of steam locomotives and old trains used by Kyushu Railway is fascinating and
always evokes feelings of nostalgia among visitors.
The shopping area in the Mojiko Retro district located by the sea. “Full of a romance market
which stir up forgetting contentment” is the direct translation of the concept Kaikyo Plaza is
based on. The area has a very romantic ambience and evokes feeling of nostalgia and
contentment that will never be forgotten.
Off the beaten path
A dramatic introduction
to the history of the
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The Art Museum
exhibits the Idemitsu
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