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Thought by many to be the birthplace of the Japanese nation, Kyushu is the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, with a turbulent history matched by its seething volcanic terrain.

This island was the focal point of foreign interest in Japan, and the only place during Japan’s long years of self-imposed isolation where contact with the outside world was permitted.

Around Kyushu

Mount Aso caldera in KyushuA land of cosmopolitan cities and castles, active volcanoes and scenic crater lakes, Kyushu is a prime location to explore Japan’s history, both ancient and more recent. An ideal location for scenic hikes in an unspoilt landscape and for visiting hot spring resorts well beyond the reach of conventional tourists.

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Places to visit in Kyushu

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Kyushu, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring Kyushu

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Kyushu, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Kyushu

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around Kyushu

    Accommodation choices for Kyushu

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Kyushu. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Outside the Monterey Hotel, Nagasaki

      Monterey Hotel


      Located at the bottom of the 'Dutch Slopes', the Monterey Hotel offers a touch of class, with open courtyard (offering al fresco dining), and tastefully decorated rooms.

    • Shared indoor hotspring, Kirishima Hotel

      Kirishima Hotel


      The Kirishima Hotel overlooks the hills and valleys of the Kirishima onsen area. Its rooms are either Japanese or Japanese with western beds and are relatively spacious with good views over the valleys.