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.
Where to explore
|Japan’s largest active volcano||Look down the Crater||Around the Crater|
|Aso shrine||Kurokawa Onsen||Nabegataki Waterfall|
|Shirakawa suigen||Sensui-kyo||Issingyo big cherry tree|
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
Beppu is a popular hot spring town nestle at the foot of volcanos, Mt. Yufu and Mt. Tsurumi.
Welcome to Beppu
Beppu bay & Mount Takasaki
Oniishi bozu jigoku
About 1700 wild Japanese monkey are living in the park.
The monkeys are fed regularly by park wardens in order to keep them on the mountain and
prevent conflicts with farmers and residents in the neighborhood.
Location of Beppu
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
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
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
Hyotan Onsen is a 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.
|There are Outdoor bathes, Hyotan bath, Waterfall bath, Steam bath and Sand bath.
You can also enjoy meals at the restaurant; local specialty cuisine Dangojiru, or food steamed with the steam from hot spring.
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
Featured tours related to Shimabara
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 Onsen Resort||Entrance of Unzen Onsen Resort|
|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
Minamata is located in Kumamoto Prefecture, It is on the west coast of Kyushu and faces
Amakusa islands. There are two Onsen resorts;
Yunotsuru Onsen located along the Yuide River in the mountains and called Mountain Onsen.
Yunoko Onsen faces Yatsushiro Sea and called Ocean Onsen.
|Yuido River||Corridor of Ryokan||Outdoor bath|
|Airinkan, local restaurant||Paddy field at mountain area||Paddy field at mountain area|
|Yunoko Onsen||Yunoko Onsen||Yunoko Onsen|
|Spanish Village, restaurant||Spanish Village||Spanish Village|
Location of Minamata
Featured tour related to Amakusa
Nagayu Onsen 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.
|Ramune Onsen||Ramune Onsen||Ramune Onsen|
|Nagayu Onsen||Open air Bath in the river||River side|
|Onsen Town||Onsen Town||Onsen Town|
|Michino-eki, Souvenir shop||Local restaurant||Onsen town|