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Onsen resorts in Aso


Aso possesses the world’s largest Caldera with 18km west-east and 24 km north-south,

created by 4 times of explosive volcanic activity in the ancient time, 3 million years ago.

Surrounding the caldera is the world’s largest outer mountain, and there are 5 mountains.


There are many Onsen resorts where are located mountain foot of outer mountain.

Onsen resorts are;

Takamori, Minami-Aso, Tarutama, Toshinoki, Akamizu, Uchionomaki, and Kurokawa

Kawachi Wisteria Garden, in Kitakyushu-city


Kawachi Wisteria Garden is a private garden at the Mountain foot of Sarakura in 

Kitakyushu-city and famous for its spectacularly presented, large numbers of wisteria flowers. The garden is opened to the public seasonally

during the wisteria season which usually peaks around late April to middle of May.


The garden’s most prominent features are two, roughly 100 meter long tunnels made of wisteria

trees of differing varieties and colors, ranging from white to dark purple.

Sakurai Futamigaura, in Itoshima


A beautiful sunset scenic spot at Genkai Sea. The place is selected as Japan’s 100 scenic 

beauty sunset beach. Located in Genkai Quasi-National Park. The married rock is connected

by the large Shimenawa with 30 metre length and 1 ton weight. Male rock is 11.8 metre high

and Female rock is 11.2 metre height.

Shimenawa is the thick, twisted, straw rope. It was believed in ancient days that a Shimenawa

had the power to keep off evil sprits, so many objects connected with Shinto Shrines decorated

with Shimenawa.

Yame Central Tea Plantation, in Yame


The country of Green Tea, Yame.  The Green Tea grown in Yame is one of the highest grade

of tea throughout Japan.  This is the large Tea plantation spreading on a gently sloping hilly

area, about 70 ha.

There is an observatory at the top of hill,  Ariake bay as well as Shimabara Peninsula in

Nagasaki-prefecture can be seen on sunny days.

Hokohara martyrdom place in Omura


This is a place related to the Kori-kuzure incident in Omura in 1657 in which

a large number of hidden Christians were arrested.

As many as 608 Christians were arrested, making it a rare and major incident

in the history of Christian oppression.

411 Christians were beheaded, and 131 of them were martyred at Hokohara

martyrdom place.


As a result of this incident, the Omura domain began implementing even stricter

policies prohibiting Christianity.

The believers have erected the monument to commemorate the martyrdom

at this location.

Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi, in Oita


The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Japan the 2nd longest in the World. Splendid

and beautiful view from the thrilling suspension bridge over the Naruko river valley.

The bridge is located in Kokonoe near Yufuin.

390 metre long, 173 metre height from the Naruko River valley. 

  Naruko River Valley south

  Naruko River Valley north

       Shindo Watefall

26 Saints Pilgrimage route on January 29 in 1597


The route of this day was from Akama in Munakata to Wajiro, the distance

was 21 km.


Started at Akama accommodation and using Karatsu walking road, they went to

Wajiro passing through Koga and Shingu.

Accommodation was Wajiro where faced Hakata bay, in order to cross from

Saitozaki to Shikanoshima the next day.

Okawachiyama porcelain district, in Imari


Imari is most notable because of Imari porcelain which has 400 years history.

The city borders Arita to the south and embraces the natural port of Imari Bay.

The porcelain was exported from the port of Imari specifically for the European

export trade.

Okawachiyama porcelain district

Originally, an owner of the Imari porcelain was Nabeshima clan, in order to develop 

and protect its outstanding technique, he gathered skilled artisans and painters in 

Okawachiyama district. Now. about 30 potteries are manufacturing Imari porcelain.

Society of Edo period from 1603


The Edo period began in 1603 by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu who won the Battle

of Sekigahara and lasted for 260 years until 1868.

The Tokugawa shogun granted territory to feudal lords throughout Japan and  

controlled from Edo (current Tokyo).

The Tokugawa shogunate established many rules to prevent civil wars among feudal

lords and maintain a stable government.

Samurai laws; feudal lords were prohibited from repairing their castles or getting married

without permission from the shogunate.

Sankin Kotai : the party of feudal lords should visit Edo with own expense every two

years for preventing rebellion.

Establishment of Class system : classify samurai, farmer and merchant  

Ban on Christianity

The emperor became a symbol of traditional authority, delegating government to

the shogun.

Shimabara Peninsula Martyrs Memorial Cathedral


This Cathedral is house of prayer for tens of thousands Christians who were martyred

between 1612 and 1658 throughout the Shimabara Peninsula.

It was built in 1997 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of 26

Japanese Saints and the 360th anniversary of the Shimabara Rebellion.

The Cathedral is a beautiful octagonal building with a large octagonal dome.