Shimabara travel guide
Region spread in the foot of gentle mountain and facing to calm sea
Shimabara is consist of two cities on Shimabara peninsula, Shimabara-city west side of
peninsula and Minami-Shmabara-city south-west side of peninsula.
Located in the foot of mount Unzen and facing Ariake Bay, and those geographical conditions
and mild climate create natural scenic beauty
in the east and Mt. Unzen including Mt. Fugen.
The region offers various enjoyable things such as Nature, Onsen, Castle town of Shimabara-city,
Hidden Christian history as well as Local Gourmets.
Located in Shimabara-city and was built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura Shigemasa, who was
regarded as a master of castle building.
The castle, which took 7 years to complete, is also known as “Moritake Castle”.
Samurai was a term for the military nobility in pre-industrial Japan.
The Samurai Houses in Shimabara along the old Samurai street nearby Shimabara Castle
were built in 18th century.
Site of Historic Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion, registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site
as Hidden Christian Site, to tell the Christian faith continued even during the ban on Christianity.
Located in Minami-Shimabara-city, the Battle field of Shimabara Rebellion which was a peasant
uprising agaist bakufu’s persecution of Christians under the leadership of Amakusa Shiro in 1637.
Ferry to Kumamoto, from Shimabara
Two ferries are operated form Shimabara to Kumamoto
Kyusho Ferry : operated by Kyusho Ferry, 60 minutes ride
Ocean Arrow : operated by Kumamoto Ferry, 30 minutes ride
Ferry to Amakusa (Oniike) , from Kuchinotsu (Minami-Shimabara-city)
Shimatetsu Ferry : operated by Shinabara Rail Way, 30 minutes ride.
Featured tour related to Shimabara
Congratulations on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site registration
Japan’s unique practice of the Christian faith continued even during the ban on Christianity.
This tour introduce the history of Hidden Christian in Nagasaki Region while taking the World Heritages
and related sites of Nagasaki-city, Shimabara and Unzen.
Location of Shimabara
90 minutes by a vihecle from Nagasaki-city
70 minutes by a vihecle from Nagasaki Air port
30 minutes by a vihecle from Unzen-city
Aso travel guide
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
The largest active volcano in Japan
Its peak is 1592 m above sea level. Its caldera is 25 km across north to south and 18 km
across east to west. The caldera has a circumference of around 120 km, although sources
vary on the exact distance
|Japan’s largest active volcano||Look down the Crater||Around the Crater|
The beautiful prairie of 785,000 square meter in the crater
Spreads in northern part of Mt. Eboshi that is one of the Aso Five Mountains.
A big pond at its center and grazing horses round about make an idyllic scene
The perfect spot view the five peak of Mount Aso
Daikanbo literally means a big observatory peak.
The circumference of the Aso caldera is about 130 kilometers. From the observation site,
you can clearly see its conical shape
|Aso shrine||Kurokawa Onsen||Nabegataki Waterfall|
|Shirakawa fountain||Sensui-kyo||Issingyo big cherry tree|
Tourist Tram Minami Aso Rail Way
Enjoy the magnificent scenery of Aso
The Minami Aso railway is a private railroad offering a very scenic ride from Takamori to
Nakamatsu in the south east of the caldera.
Lovely and magnificent scenery can be enjoyed.
Enjoy Aso beef and local cuisines
The restaurant uses the old private house with thatched roof built more than 200 years ago.
Bake the meat and local ingredients with charcoal at a Japanese traditional style fire place.
Enjoy short trekking in the Nature.
Kikuchi Valley is located in Aso Kuju National Park and underground water flows out of the
subsoil for 4km along the valley floor. It is also called the Kikuchi water source and its water
was selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan
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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
Where to Explore
Amakusa → Kumamoto → Aso → Takachiho → Kuju → Kokonoe → Yufuin
Asakura → Akizuki → Ukiha → Fukuoka
Location of Aso
|Address||City hall : 504-1 Miyaji, Ichinomiya, Aso-city, Kumamoto-prefecture|
70 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city
70 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho
140 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city
|Population||234,000 Population density 540|
Beppu travel guide
Onsen Resort where the largest hot spring yield in Japan
The 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
|Address||City hall : 1-15 Kaminoguchi-cho, Beppu-city, Oita-prefecture|
20 minutes by a vehicle from Yufuin-city
100 minutes by a vehicle from Aso-city
160 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city
120 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city
100 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city
|Population||119,000 Population density 950 / km2|
Unzen Onsen Resort
Beautiful highland Onsen Resort situated Unzen National Park
The area 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.
Unzen Bus center
Stay in Unzen
There are 17 Hotels and Japanese style inns around Unzen Jigoku.
From every hotel, beautiful scenery which changes by season can be enjoyed.
Unzen Golf Course
Characteristics of hot spring
Efficacy of hot spring
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
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.
Wander about Onsen town
With an “Onsen Tegata”, a pass made of cedar, travelers can make the rounds of three
different open-air Onsen.
Location of Kurokawa
|Address||Kurokawa, Minami-Oguni-cho, Aso-gun, Kumamoto-prefecture|
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
Futsukaichi is the nearest hot-spring town from Fukuoka-city.
Its public baths are grouped together in the old main street, favoured by traditionalists,
Gozen-yu is the most characteristic.
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Ibusuki & Satsuma peninsula travel guide
Satsuma peninsula extends about 50 kilometers south from Kagoshima-city,
making up the southwestern section of Kagoshima Prefecture.
The peninsula offers a mixture of hot springs, subtropical natural attractions and cultural sites.
Ibusuki is an onsen resort that is famous for its sand baths, where bathers are buried in
naturally heated sand.
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.
Sand Bath Hall SARAKU
Sand Bath, Kinko bay
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.
Monster called Issy
The Station is the southernmost railway station in Japan operated by JR,
boasts a breathtaking view of Kaimon-dake volcano to the front.
It is the Urashima Taro legendary shrine peninsula and this shrine is becoming popular as a power
spot of matchmaking 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 Mount Kaimondake and rocks with the sea spray
wearing them. The Cape is said to be the birthplace of the legend of Ryugu.
Enjoy tasting Shochu at the most famous Shochu brewery in Kagoshima
Meiji-gura is Satsuma Shuzo’s Shochu brewery and museum.
Makurazaki Osakana Center
The unique Somen noodle nagashi in Tosenkyo revine in Kaimon open throughout the year
serving cold Somen noodle that swim in the revloving container.
Location of Ibusuki
General information on Ibusuki-city
City hall ; 2424 Juchu Ibusuki-city, Kagoshima-prefecture
|Access||1 hour and 40 minutes by a vehicle from Kagoshima Airport
50 minutes by a vehicle from Kagoshima-chuo JR Station
55 minuted by JR Express train from Kagoshima-chuo JR Station
1 hour and 15 minutes by local train from from Kagoshima-chuo JR Station
Kagoshima kotsu bus
|Population||40,000 Pupulation density : 270 / km2|
Onsen Resort facing to Tachibana bay
Located at western foot of Mount Unzen, and consist of Shimabara peninsula Onsen Resort
along with Unzen Onsen Resort and Shimabara Onsen Resort.
About 30 Hotels and Japanese style accommodation are standing along the Tachibana bay
and there are 3 public baths where visitor can use.
The Japan’s highest radiation calorie of hot spring. (radiation calorie is calculated in hot water
temperature multiplied hot water yield)
Some of them reaching 80-100 °C and producing over 15,000 tons of hot water daily.
Your own cooking can be enjoyed made by Onsen steam using local ingredients such as
vegetables and fishes
Called “ Hot foot 105”
The length of foot bath is 105m which is same number of the hot spring source temperature of
105 degree Celsius.
There are various kind of gift shops and restaurants around the foot bath.
Obama-cho, Unzen-city, Nagasaki-prefecture
80 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city
60 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki Air port
45 minutes by a vehicle from Shimabara-city
2 hours and 20 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city
3 hours and 00 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city
Yufuin travel guide
A beautiful and quietly rustic Onsen Resort
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).
Reproduced the townscape of the Cotswold region in England.
The place was also used for Harry Potter’s shooting location.
Kamenoi Besso, a featured accommodation around Kinrinko lake
Location of Yufuin
|Address||Yufu-city Yufuin office : 3738-1 Kawakami, Yufuin-cho, Yufu-city, Oita-prefecture|
20 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu-city
80 minutes by a vehicle from Aso-city
130 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city
100 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city
100 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city
|Population||33,000 Population density 105|
Minamata travel guide
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
|Address||City hall : 1-1-1 Jinnai, Minamata-city, Kumamoto-prefecture|
60 minutes by a vehicle from Hitoyoshi
1 hour and 40 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city
2 hours and 30 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho
2 hours and 20 minutes by a vehicle from Aso
2 hours and 40 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city
|Population||24,000 Population density 150|