Category: Japan

Beppu – All About Food & “Hell”

Beppu, Oita, Kyushu

Oita Prefecture 大分県, located on the eastern coast of Kyushu, has the highest number of hot spring locations and also the highest annual yield of hot spring water in Japan. Bid goodbye to beautiful Takachiho Gorge, we continued our road trip to our next destination, Oita. Along the way, we stopped by at Kumamoto 熊本

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Takachiho Gorge 高千穂峡

Miyazaki, Kyushu

Takachiho Gorge (高千穂峡) is a narrow chasm cut through the rock by the Gokase River. The Gorge was formed after an eruption of Mount Aso the lava flowed from Mount Aso and over time eroded to create 80~ 100m high cliffs of volcanic basalt columns which filled the narrow valley of the Gokase River. We

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Takachiho 高千穂, of Myths and Legend

Takachiho, Miyazaki

Departing from Miyazaki City Centre, we drove for about two hours to Takachiho. Takachiho is located in the northwestern part of Miyazaki Prefecture. A place that is steeped in myth and legend and has been known since ancient times as a sacred ground where the gods descended to earth. Amano-Iwato Shrine 天岩戸神社 Upon arriving at

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Umagase & Cape Hyuga – Where Wishes Come True

Umagase & Cape Hyuga, Kyushu

After taking a quick bite at Sakurajima, we made our way to Miyazaki. We took a pit stop and saw the tourist board introducing Umagase, a scenic and beautiful place. As it was early afternoon, I did a search on Google and found the phone number and keyed into our car GPS and made our

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Sakurajima 桜島 of Volcano & Sea

Sakurajima Kagoshima

Time to leave Kagoshima, to continue our road trip. We keyed in our destination, Kagoshima Ferry Terminal, on our GPS and drove on to the ferry to Sakurajima. In fact, we did not know how we got ourselves on to the ferry. We just kept driving and when people waving to us to enter, we

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Kyushu – Kagoshima 鹿児島県

Sakurajima Kagoshima

After spending two nights at Nagasaki, time to bid farewell. We drove back to Hakata, Fukuoka to return the rental car and took the Shinkansen to Kagoshima. It was my first time taking Shinkansen. Unfortunately, I could not comment much about the experience except very comfortable that I slept throughout the journey or perhaps I

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Nagasaki 長崎県 – City of Peace

Nagasaki Peace Park

After experiencing “Hell”, we made our way to Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Nagasaki Peace Park. They are a short walk away from each other. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum was opened in April 1996 as part of the 50th-anniversary projects for the Nagasaki atomic bombing. The Museum exhibits relics, as

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To The Castle, “Hell” & Back

Nagasaki Shimbara Castle

We have a relaxing evening at Dejima Wharf upon arrival at Nagasaki, we spent the next morning at Shimbara Castle, then to Unzen Jigoku after an early lunch. The weather was amazing and the sky was clear. We keyed the telephone number of Shimabara Castle into the GPS and easily found our way there. We

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Kyushu Road Trip

Nagasaki Dejima Wharf

We landed at Fukuoka on a Friday morning after an overnight flight. Fukuoka is the largest city in Kyushu, located on the northern shore of Kyushu. It is also the most populous city in Kyushu. After collecting our luggage, I got myself a local SIM card, then made our way to collect our rental car.

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