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Kyushu Travel Guide

Onsen resort (温泉リゾート)

Most Japanese love bathing in Onsen, and many believe that the water can 
cure certain ailments.


There are many volcanoes around Japan especially Kyushu region, and 
therefore many Onsen resorts have been made.

Each Onsen is said to have its own healing property.

Onsen resorts or hotels either use water from an actual spring or they boil 
mineral water.

Onsen resorts have opened all over the country, and many hotels and
Ryokan have outside bathes offering spectacular view.
Public baths are also very common in Japan.
They generally have Jacuzzis, garden baths, and saunas.
At both Onsen and public baths, people actually wash their bodies before getting into 
the water.  It is bad manners to use soap or the towels in the bath itself.

The most famous Onsen resorts in Kyushu


Environmental Future City, Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu-city aiming for the World’s Environmental Capital.
Kitakyushu-city is the birthplace of Japanese modern steel industry, is now the world’s 
leading environmental future city after overcoming serious environmental pollution 
while it contributed greatly to Japan’s industrial development.

   Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

Situated at the northern end of Kyushu Island, Kitakyushu City is one of Japan’s 
20 government-decreed cities, with a population of 969,000
(according to the estimation as of May, 2013) and has an area of approx.490㎢.

In 1963, five municipal cities were equally merged to make Kitakyushu City, 
which was a very rare case in the world as each of the cities had such different 
personalities;Moji City flourished as an international trading port, Kokura City 
had lots of historical background as a Samurai town, Wakamatsu City was a 
busy coal port, and Yahata City and Tobata City had steel industry which greatly 
contributed to the industrial modernization of Japan.


Kitakyushu City has long been called the ‘Town of Manufacturing’ as its economy 
relies on such heavy chemical industries, such as steel, chemicals, and metal 
manufacturing, which occupy a much higher percentage of its gross product 
compared with other major cities in Japan.

Ever since the international trading ports were constructed in Moji and Wakamatsu. 
Japan’s steel industry began in Yawata in 1901, and many other manufacturing industries 
have originated here in Kitakyushu City, which has made the city a major driving force of 
Japan’s industrial development and made a gateway to Asian countries and regions.

Kitakyushu City experienced serious environmental pollution in the 1960’s. However, 
it has completely overcome these issues thanks to close cooperation with the 
government, industry, and academia. By fully utilizing a wide variety of technologies, 
know-hows, human resources, acquired during this process, it is continuously engaged 
in the creation and development of environmentally-friendly new technology. 
The ‘Eco-Town Project’ is one of the fine examples of Kitakyushu’s specific commitment 
towards environmental business and development in the field of recycling and innovative 


Especially Kitakyushu has been designated as the ‘Environmental Model City’ in 2008 
as the environmental future city in 2011. And also nominated as the ‘Model City for 
Green Growth’ by the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD). 
Kitakyushu City has an incredibly important role as the world’s leading 
environmentally-friendly city.

Kanmon Strait, has been registered on Japan Heritage

Kanmon Strait has been registered on the Japan Heritage as Kanmon Nostalgic 
Strait in 2017.

Kanmon Strait was an important and key place of inland and sea transportation
since ancient times. 
And at the end of Tokugawa Shogunate period in the middle of 
19th century, Moji and Shimonoseki ports were established at both side of
Kanmon Kaikyo Strait.

Since then, the western style lighthouses were constructed and many 
heavy modern western buildings were constructed one after another at Moji and Shimonoseki.

Kanmon Strait was a stage of Japan’s modernization history.
At the both side of Strait, Moji and Shimonoseki, there are lot of retro 
buildings and historical places used for modernization of Japan are still remain.


When you visit here, you can feel a nostalgic atmosphere, as if you are in a 
historical movie scene.

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Kumamoto Castle after the Earthquakes

Let’s visit Kumamato Castle
Kumamoto Castle is one of the three great castles, along with Nagoya Castle and 
Osaka Castle and one of the 100 best places in Japan to view cherry blossoms.

The current castle was built in 1601 by Kiyomasa Kato, a great commander and 
took 7 years to complete. 

Suddenly, without any prediction, the series of Earthquakes including magnitude 
7.0 main shock which struck in April 2016 beneath Kumamoto-city.
Then severe damages occurred Kumamoto prefecture including Kumamoto Castle.

Kumamoto Castle sustained damage to its roof and exterior buildings and walls 
because of the earthquakes and associated aftershocks.
Several of the castle’s shacihoko ornaments were destroyed, and a large number 
of kawara tiles also fell from the roof.

Now the restoration activities are being performed as fast as possible.

Now, the Kumamoto Castle can be seen from the outside of the moats 
surrounding the castle.

We will welcome you to our place Kumamoto Castle. 

All the photos on the page were taken in August 2016.