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Yufuin Travel Guide (湯布院)

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 and 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.


Where to visit
Kinrinko lake

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.
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Shitan-yu 

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). 
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How to explore 

Bicycles are a convenient method for traveling to the more 
remote baths or for seeing the town quickly. 
Rental bicycles can be obtained at Yufuin station.

Takachiho Travel Guide (高千穂)

Takachiho is located in the center of the Kyushu
mountain area where about 40km away from Aso 
and 
is steeped in Japanese mythology.

It is the supposed site of legend where Amaterasu, 
the Shrine Sun Goddess, disturbed by her brother’s
cruel pranks, hid herself in a cave, prompting the 
other gods and goddesses to try and lure her out.


Where to visit 
Takachiho Gorge 

A narrow chasm cut through the rock by the Gokase River. 
The nearly sheer cliffs lining the gorge are made of slow 
forming
volcanic basalt columns which resemble the 
scales of a dragon
where the stone twisted and flowed 
as it formed.  more


Takachiho shrine    

Located just west of the town center, is nestled in a grove 
of
tall cedars. During the day the shrine’s nondescript, 
unpainted
buildings blend in naturally with the 
surrounding trees.
In the evening, you can enjoy the 
Yokagura Dance. 
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Amano Iwato shrine 

About ten kilometers outside of central Takachiho
the Shrine was built near the cave where Amaterasu is 
said to have hid herself away.  The cave cannot be 
approached,
however, there is an observation deck 
behind the shrine’s
main building.  more


Highlight 
Kagura

 
Kagura is a sacred song and dance for god, and is a Japanese 
word referring to specific type of Shinto theatrical dance with 
roots arguably predating those Noh. A massively shortened 
version of Takachiho Yokagura is performed for tourists every 
night throughout the year at the Takachiho Shrinemore

Beppu Travel Guide (別府)

Beppu is a popular hot spring town nestle at the foot 
of volcanos, Mt. Yufu and Mt. Tsurumi.

Boasting more than 2,800 hot spring sources and
flowing rate of nearly 137,000 kiloliters per day, 
Beppu is considered a paradise of hot springs
famous for high therapeutic effects.
The town is divided 
into eight major hot spring areas collectively called 
“Beppu Hatto”, which offer beautiful scenery and various 
type of water of different qualities.


What to do
Hell tour 

The most famous sights are Jigoku Meguri or (Burning Hell) 
tour.  
A collection of hot springs where the water bubbles 
forth from underground, often with unusual result. more


Foot bath 

Foot bath is called Ashiyu in Japanese and is a public bath in 
which people can bath their feet. Ashiyu in Beppu set up at 
Kannawa Onsen near the Hell tour spot. You can easily enjoy 
it without having to remove all your clothing, only the feet and 
leg up to the knee are immersed.  more

Where to explore
Kannawa Onsen

With numerous jets of white steam emitting from gushing hot 
springs, this area is a must see destination for Beppu 
sightseers. Charming shops and Ryokan (Japanese inn) are 
tucked along the narrow and winding streets. It is also known 
for steam baths.


Myoban Onsen

On the hill facing Beppu Bay, is a small, quiet mountain resort. 
Visitors enjoy several types of thermals such as mud bath or 
milky water bath accompanied by a distinctive sulphuric odor. 
Mineral deposits are worked at the thatched Yunohana-goya.


Hyotan Onsen

The public bath where you can enjoy various type of bathes 
and is located in Kannawa district in Beppu.

The waters of this Onsen contain sodium chloride which is 
effective for neuralgia and women’s diseases. 
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Takasaki mountain animal park

Located on the boundary line of Oita-city and Beppu-city is 
an area populated by wild Japanese monkies.
The park was opened in 1953,and is now home to about 
1700 wild Japanese
monkies.
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Beppu Tower

A famous landmark in Beppu-city; there are discount shops 
on the 1st
floor, there is a viewing lounge on the 16th floor 
and there is an
observatory which overlooks Beppu-city 
on the 17th floor. 
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Nakatsu & Yabakei & Buzen Travel Guide (中津&耶馬渓&豊前)

 

 

 

 

 

Nakatsu, Yabakei and Buzen were same province 
called Buzen in the Edo period ( 1603 to 1868 AD)
After the Meiji Restoration, the provinces of Japan were 
converted into prefectures then Buzen belonged to Fukuoka 
prefecture and Nakatsu and Yabakei transferred to Oita 
prefecture. However those region have strong connection 
between culture and living even now Because of common 
history as same province.

Explore in Nakatsu
Nakatsu Castle

 

The castle was built in 1588 on the estuary of Nakatsu river
by Kuroda Kanbei, who supported Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s 
unification of Japan. Today, the castle keeps is open to 
the public as the Okudaira Family with the successive 
load of Okudaira family of exhibited.

Goganji Temple

 

 

The temple called Akakabe Dera literally means red wall.
Legend has it that when the local ruling Utsunomiya family 
retainer, who was hostile agaist Kuroda Kanbei, was murdered
in a set-up, ther blood had splatterd on the white walls in front
of the gate, and walls had to be painted red for stains come
back no matter how many times the walls were painted over. 

Fukuzawa Yukichi’s former residence

 

 

The childhood home of Fukuzawa Yukichi, whose portrait
can be found on Japanese banknotes.
He was a leading educator of Japan and had influenced
many great figures.

 


Explore in Yabakei
Kyoshuho

 

 

The approximately 1 km high monolithic rockey mountain was 
named for it consists of a series of eight crests which tower as 
it competing with each other.
From mid-April to early May, nemophila flower bleem, turning
the area blue.

Ao-no-domon

 

 

A 343-meter tunnel at the foot of Kyoshuho.
It was built by a monk named Zenkai in Edo period, who had 
spend 30 years to built the tunnel with a chisel and hammer
to make road safer to travel through.

 


Rakanji Temple

 

 

A historic temple built on the top of the mountain in 645.
The temple gate and main temple hall are at the halfway
point, where over 3,000 stone Buddha statues are enshrined,
including the Gohyaku Rakan and Sentai Jizo a cave.
One can walk up to the main hall at the top of the mountain
but it is recommended to take the lift as it affords the view of 
autumnal foliage.

Shin-yabakei

 

 

Called Hitomi Hakkei, the scenic spot which represents Yabakei, 
eaned its name for the panoramic view of eight ood rock 
formations which can be viewed at once.  The observation 
deck affords a superb 360-degree view, from which one can 
enjoy various vistas throughout the year, from fresh greenery 
to autumnal foliage and snow.

Maple Yaba Cycling Road

 

 

Cycling road built on the site of the old Yabakei Railroad.
You can Cycle safely while enjoying the view of autumnal 
foliage, as the road has a gradual uncline and a cyclist lane.
Bicycles are available for hire at the Yabakei Cycling 
Terminal.

 

Kunisaki peninsula & Bungo-takada Travel Guide (国東半島&豊後高田)

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 en mass the Shinto deity, 
Buddha, and ancestral spirit.
And one of major industry is agriculyure and entire area of 
Kunisaki peninsula including Usa are listed on the World 
Agricultural Heritage.

Showa no machi

Showa is the era that lasted till about 30 years ago in
Japanese history, Bungo Takada was the most prosperous 
in Kunisaki Peninsula for over 300 years from the Edo period 
up to 1900. Here remains various old structures and remnants 
of regional Japanese cities in the 60’s-when the shopping 
district culture was as its height. more

Kumano Magaibutsu

Hewn in a rock Mt. Tahara are two of largest Buddhist stone
carvings in all Japan.
A Fudo-myu-o 8 meter in heigt and Dainich-nyurai 6.8 meter
height. Said to have been carved in the Heian period, they
have received goverment designation as Important Culural
Properties.


Futago-ji Temple


The temple is a Tendai Buddhist temple located on the slopes 
of Mount Futago, the highest mountain on the Kunisaki 
Peninsula. The temple was established in 718 by Ninmon and 
became the central temple of Rokugō-Manzan that the generic 
name of temples in the whole of the Kunisaki peninsula.


Fuki-ji Temple 

The oldest extant wooden structure in Kyushu, dating back
to the letter half of Heian period (794 to 1185AD). It has been
designated a National Treasure. It is one of the tree top 
Amitabha halls in Japan. Visitor will also be impressed by the
vibrant colors of the four seasons, including the new green 
of spring and the rich leaves of autumn. 

Choan-ji Temple

The temple known as the "Temple of Flower", with visitor 
enjoyng rhododendrons in spring and the colored leaves
of autumn.  The repository houses images of Taroten and 
Nidoji and the Lotus Sutra inscribed on a copper sheet;
all are important national cultural properties.

Maki-Odo

The temple houses nine Buddhists images said to be 
masterpieces of the Heian period, including the Maki-Odo 
Seated Amida Nyorai (Amitabha). Figure and statues of 
the Four Devas. All are designated as important national
cultural properties.

Tennen-ji Temple

Said to have been founded in 718AD, this temple constructed
to uphold the traditional of Shujo-onie, an ancient Rokugo 
Manzan rite conducted at New Year. Images of the god Fudo
are carved into a huge stone lying the river that runs in front
of the temple.

Onie-no-sato Traditional Cultural Learing Center


The facility displays a stutue of Amida Nyorai (Amitabha) 
from Tennen-ji Temple and a theater that allows visitors 
to experience the full power of the Shujo-onie rite.


Tashibu-no-sho

This district was once considered the most important estate
of Usa Shrine. It has been ascertained from ancient 
documents that the rural landscape seen today has remained 
unchanged since Heian period. Now included this are, 
Kunisaki peninsula is listed on the World Agricultural Heritage.

Nagasakibana

The resort park features a beach, a campsite, restaurant and 
more. The entire premises gets painted beautifully with colors
of each and every seasonal flower in season. Also offered
here is a trial program for oil-dressing making using the seeds
of the flowers at the park.

Okubungo region Travel Guide (奥豊後)

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.
What is left of stone walls and 
old pine trees can be bring one back in time.
From spring cherry blossoms to autumn foliage, each season brings a different and 
exquisite look to the area.
Claimed as a national historic 
landmark, it is also become famous by Rentaro Taki’s musical composition “Kojo no Tsuki” featuring the castle ruins and 
the moon.


Nagayu Onsen resort

The hot spring is one of the most popular hot spring for foreign 
tourists,and is located at the foot of Kuju mountain range.
The hot spring is known as one of the world’s top 
carbonate spring.

 


Kuju Flower Park 

The park is located in the Aso-Kuju National Park, with 220,000 
square meters of round. From spring through autumn over 500 
kinds of and 5 million plant will come to bloom. Walking through 
forest area, flowers fields and wild flower areas can be enjoyed 
a range of breathtaking scenery.

Kokonoe Yume Otsutihasi

Japan’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge with the 
390 meter long, lovated at 777 meter above sea level.
From the bridge, visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenary
including Shinfo Waterfall, selected as one of Japan’s top 
100 waterfall, the Naruko river gorge, and exquisite foliage
during the Autumn season

Kuju Winery

The winery established in 2002, and is located in Kuju-kogen 
plateau.


Explore in Bungo-ono
Harajiri Waterfall

It is called Niagara Falls of Japan. The Ogata River, running 
through the center of the Ogata plain in Oita Prefecture, flows 
furiously down a cliff and creates Harajiri Falls.
The falls, 120 meters wide and 20 meters tall, are selected 
as one of the best 100 falls in Japan. 
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Nagasaki Travel Guide (長 崎)

Nagasaki became a center of Dutch, Portuguese and other 
European influences in the 16th century and flourished as a 
trading port & center of Christian missionary activities.

The detonation for an atomic bomb over Nagasaki during the 
Second World War is a dark page in the cities turbulent history. 
Now, however the city has become a center of peace, blessed 
with beautiful natural scenery and eclectic mix of historical sites 
and architecture.  In fact, many churches and Christian sites 
have been proposed for inclusion on the UNESCO 
World Heritage list.


Where to visit
Glover Garden

The garden is one of Nagasaki’s popular tourist attractions and 
takes its name from Thomas Glover, his arms-importing 
operations played an important part in the Meiji Restoration, 
he built the first train line in Japan and he even helped 
establish the first modern Mitsubishi ship yard.   more

Nagasaki Peace Park

The Park was established in 1955 near the Ground Zero of the 
Atomic Bomb explosion. Every year, on August 9, the 
anniversary of the atomic bombing, a Peace Memorial  
Ceremony is held in front of the statue and the Mayor of 
Nagasaki delivers a peace declaration to the World. more

Oura Cathedral 

The Cathedral, one of the famous landmarks in Nagasaki City, 
was built in 1865 under the supervision of the French priest 
Bernard Petitjean.
It was designated as a National Treasure in 1933 for its value 
as Japan’s oldest Gothic-style cathedral.  more

Dejima

The area was a fan-shaped artificial island in the bay of 
Nagasaki that was a Dutch trading post as Japan’s only 
open gateway to Europe during Japan’s self-imposed 
isolation of Edo period from 1641 until 1853.  more


China town

One of big three china town in Japan along with Yokohana 
and Kobe.
There are about 50 Chinese restaurants and many Chinese 
sundries shops in there.  more


Martyrdom of the 26 Saints

Nishizaka Hill in Nagasaki reminds us of the Martyrdom of 
26 Japanese Saints.

In 1862, the 26 Japanese martyrs were canonized by Pope 
Pius IX.  I
n 1956, the place of their martyrdom was designated 
as a Historical Place by Nagasaki Prefecture. more


Suwa Shrine

The shrine was founded in the wake of ban of Christianity in 
the early 17th century, and during the Edo Period it soon grew 
into a spiritual and cultural hub for the citizens of Nagasaki.
Kunchi festival is held from October 7 to 9 every year and is 
considered one of the three major festivals of Japan.  more 

Confucius Shrine

It is said to be the world’s only Confucian shrine built outside 
China by Chinese hands. First built in 1893 by Chinese 
residents of Nagasaki with the support of the Ch’ing Dynasty government, the shrine was designed to serve as a place of 
worship and learning for the Chinese community.  more 


 

Ground Zero
Where, the plutonium
atomic bomb 
exploded.

Sofukuji Temple
Chinese temples 
based on the style &
design 
home provinces.


 

KofukujiTemple 
Founded by 
Non-Christian Chinese
merchants began.

Hollander Slope
A former regidential 
area for European
peaple.

Annual events & Festivals
Nagasaki Lantern Festival 

An annual festival in Nagasaki held on Chinese new year.
The festival has been started to celebrate a new year by 
Chinese who lived in Nagasaki, and it became the Nagasaki’s 
festival since 1994. More than 10 thousand lanterns are 
decorated at China town during the festival.  more

Nagasaki Kunchi 

It is one of big-three festival in Japan, held on October 7 to 9 
at
Suwa Shrine. The festival features Chinese dance including 
Ja-odori, this time dancing all around the city but especially at 
Suwa Shrine. The whole of Nagasaki Kunchi dance was 
designated on Important Intangible Cultural Asset.  more

Tsuwano is a town where Carp are swimming

Tsuwano is a castle town where the landscape and atmospheres of 
Edo-period still remain.

  

You can time back to more than 100 years ago and can be met colorful 
and beautiful Carp are swimming in the canal along the street.

  
Tsuwano is westernmost part of Shimane prefecture in Chugoku rejoin.


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Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region

The site has been registered on the World heritage in 2017, 
and consist of the following.

  

・Okinoshima, Okitsu-miya Munakata Taisha
・Okitsu-miya Yohaisyo in Oshima island
・Nakatsu-miya, Munakata Taisha in Oshima island
・Hatsu-miya, Munakata Taisha
・Shimbaru-Nuyama Mounded Tomb Group
  

The sacred island of Okinoshima, situated between the Japanese 
archipelago and the Korean peninsula, has long attracted the devotion 
of the local population in the Munakata region, who possessed advanced 
nautical skills. Large-scale rituals utilizing an enormous quantity of 
precious votive offerings were conducted on the island to pray for safe 
ocean voyages from the 4th to the 9th centuries, a period of more than 500 
years during which overseas exchange occurred frequently in East Asia.  
Ritual sites bearing witness to the successive phases of ancient rituals that 
chronicle the formation of indigenous beliefs in Japan have survived to the 
present almost intact, because the island of Okinoshima, as an object of 
worship, has been protected by established taboos strictly limiting access 
to the island.


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Usa & Ajimu region travel guide (宇佐 & 安心院)

Usa area including Ajimu are located at the base of 
Kunisaki peninsula and spreading around Usa Shrine.

Since ancient time the Kunisaki peninsula has been home
of Kyushu’s prominent Usa Shrine, influencing the surrounding
hills and valleys with Buddhist culture.
Althoufh this is a shinto shrine, it has long been holy ground to 
both Shito and Buddhist activities, and the Kunisaki mountains
and valleys were ofen chosen by monks as practice ground 
for meditation.


Where to Explore
Usa Shrine  

The shrine is one of the most beautiful Shrine in Japan, 
and is the head shrine of Hachiman Shrine that is 
composed 44,000 shrines. First built in the 8th century, the main 

hall, constructed in Hachiman-zukuri architectural style has been 
designated a natioanl treasure. The shrine features a fusion 
of Shinto and Buddhist culture unique to Japan.  more


Ajimu Winery  

The winery producing a mellow wine and located in the natural 
rich
Ajimu basin.
There are brewery, reservoir, vineyard, tasting shop in the park, 
you can try wine tasting.


Higashi-shiiya waterfall

The waterfall has been listed on the Japan’s top 100 waterfall.
It is called "Kyushu Kegon" because it resembles Nikko Kegon
waterfall.
The waterfall that falls on a cliff at a height of 85 meters is 
wonderful.


Senzai Farm  

250 wisteria flowers bloom at the most largest garden in 
Kyushu with 2,400 square meter of trellis.
Wistria flowers being swayed by the wind, it is enjoyable 
take a walk.
2,000 roses bloom from May at the rose park.

Jyoi No.1 bunker  

The bunker was built as shelter from warplane air raid.
There are 10 bunkers in this Usa plain area.