Monthly Archives: June 2012

Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival 2012

Summer is a time for festivals in Japan, and as July approaches people throughout Fukuoka and other parts of Kyushu begin to prepare for one of Fukuoka City’s most spectacular events, the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival. This festival began about … Continue reading

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“Finding Fukuoka” Guidebook in the Works

As many of you predicted following the January release of my Osaka guidebook, I have begun planning and research for my Fukuoka guidebook. It will cover Fukuoka City and nearby destinations (Dazaifu, Yanagawa, Imari, etc.), and since Fukuoka is a … Continue reading

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Kurokawa Onsen: Pristine Hot Spring Town in the Mountains

Kurokawa Onsen is located about 20 km (12.5 mi.) from Mt. Aso, in the northern part of Kumamoto Prefecture and central part of Kyushu. Situated in a forested valley with a peaceful mountain stream running through the middle, it is … Continue reading

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Restored Steam Locomotive SL Hitoyoshi

For a limited time, the restored steam locomotive SL Hitoyoshi and its retro-style train cars are making runs between Kumamoto and Hitoyoshi Stations. The train makes one trip per day in each direction on select days (see calendar at bottom … Continue reading

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