Category Archives: Sightseeing

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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Kego Shrine Foot Bath

I’d like to start this, my 50th post, by thanking all of my loyal readers for their continuing support. Finding Fukuoka has steadily gained popularity since its humble beginnings, with a notable spike in visits in 2012. As a token of my … Continue reading

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Rail and Bus Passes for Kyushu

If you live outside of Japan and are planning to take a trip around Kyushu, you might consider the following passes to save some money on transportation costs and expand the scope of your travels. JR Kyushu Rail Pass This … Continue reading

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Green Fukuoka City Loop Bus: A Convenient Way to See the City’s Sights

For visitors to Fukuoka City, the “Green” bus provides an easy way to travel between the city’s famous sights and central districts. Its route connects JR Hakata Station, Gion, Nakasu, Tenjin, Ohori Park, Fukuoka Tower, the international ferry terminal (at night), … Continue reading

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Konpirasan

This blog’s primary focus is Fukuoka and Kyushu, but the underlying theme has always been “travel.” I would be doing the rest of Japan a great injustice if I limited my travels and/or writing to Kyushu alone, so I will … Continue reading

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Miyazaki: A Tale of Two Typhoons

Anybody who knows me is aware that I have an unnatural love for sandy beaches and the sea. By that, I mean that I can pass an entire day staring at the ocean from the shore and be more than … Continue reading

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