5 historical and quirky places to go to in Kyushu

Kyushu is Japan’s southernmost most important island and the third largest after Hokkaido. There are seven prefectures that make up the island: FukuokaSagaNagasakiOitaKumamotoMiyazaki and Kagoshima. These prefectures are home to a handful of lively volcanoes (26 to be exact), world-class hot spring towns and great local cuisine.

While not as popular as Okinawa or Kyoto there’s an undeniable charm to every prefecture that make up this island. From Kokura Castle in Kita-Kyushu all the way down to Sakurajima in Kagoshima, many other destinations await the eager explorer.

Listed here are our top five spots to get you began on planning your Kyushu adventure.

1. Nagasaki City

An exquisite public park with a powerful message of peace Photo: iStock/ coward_lion

Nagasaki City is especially known for its tragic atomic bomb history. Limiting Nagasaki to the twentieth century could be unfair, though, since the history of this city goes back an extended time. Nagasaki was not only the backbone of Meiji restoration and modernization but in addition home to the Hidden Christians.

Appreciating Nagasaki fully and learning its history is perhaps a laborious task, but listed here are five places for a very good start: Oura Catholic Church, Dutch Slope, Peace Park and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Dejima and Glover Garden.

You may discover many of the most important sightseeing spots in two days because town isn’t so big. Besides, the must-see spots are inside just a few minutes of walking distance from one another. Brace yourself for a hike, though, because Nagasaki is considered one of the hilliest cities in Japan. And do reward yourself with its famous castella cakes after that.

  • ​​Peace Park: An exquisite public park commemorating the atomic bombing of town on August 9, 1945
  • Oura Catholic Church: A church dedicated to the 26 saints of Japan
  • Dutch Slope: A slope and stone steps that were built in the course of the former settlement period
  • Dejima: A former Dutch trading post that was once a man-made island
  • Glover Garden: The previous mansion of the Glover family and other foreign residences from the times of the Nagasaki foreign settlement

2. Aso-Kuju National Park

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The contrast between the volcano and grasslands is considered one of the key attractions. Photo: iStock/ Sau Nog Chan

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