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Unforgettable: Kyushu by Local Train

In the spring of 2012, I took a trip around the island of Kyushu by train. The route was a massive loop hugging the coasts of the island, and the journey lasted almost two weeks. My primary means of transport … Continue reading

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Finding Fukuoka Guidebook Released in the United States and Europe

My second guidebook, Finding Fukuoka: A Travel and Dining Guide for the Fukuoka City Area, is now available in the United States and Europe through Amazon. Finding Fukuoka is the first definitive English-language guide to the city of Fukuoka, Kyushu’s … 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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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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Debut of the Osaka Insider Guidebook–and My First Published Work!

Some of you may remember my Osaka Insider blog, and ongoing project that eventually led me to start writing a guidebook. After much hard work, I have finally released my first published work,¬†Osaka Insider: A Travel Guide for Osaka Prefecture!! … 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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