The Best of Kyushu
Collected by Erin Bogar, AFAR Local Expert
In the southernmost of Japan’s main islands, it’s all about volcanoes, hot springs, and ramen. Mount Aso, Japan’s most active volcano, is located in central Kyushu and the island’s largest city, Fukuoka, is famous for its pork bone broth tonkotsu ramen, ancient temples, and beaches.
1458 Iwanouecho, Hirado, Nagasaki Prefecture 859-5121, Japan
Perched above Hirado Bay, the five-story Hirado Castle is surrounded on three sides by water. Once occupied by the Matsura Samurai clan, the castle’s exhibits showcase items from Japan’s feudal period including, documents, drawings, armor, and...
Kunisaki Peninsula, Otanagamatsu, Kitsuki, Ōita Prefecture 879-0903, Japan
Take a 10-day trek through the Kunisaki Peninsula, tucked away on the eastern end of Japan’s Inland Sea. Follow in the footsteps of Buddhist monks from 1,000 years ago through forests, farmlands, and the surrounding Kyushu mountains. Visit...
Mount Aso, Kurokawa, Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture 869-2225, Japan
Mount Fuji might get all of the press, but the largest active volcano in Japan is actually Mount Aso, located in the center of Kumamoto Prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu. Mount Aso can also claim the world's largest caldera, a...
Japan, 〒862-0950 Kumamoto-ken, Kumamoto-shi, Chūō-ku, Suizenji, 6 Chome−20, 熊本市中央区水前寺６丁目２０−２４
Every region of Japan has its own take on ramen, and Kyushu is the master of rich tonkotsu broth made from pork bones. The noodles tend to be straight, thin, and firmer than other styles. Ajisen Ramen is a chain based in Kumamoto that has spread...
1775 Kyōmachi, Karatsu-shi, Saga-ken 847-0045, Japan
Start your morning at this elegant, one-counter shop at 8 a.m. sharp for freshly made, warm tofu. The shop is as welcoming as it is small, so make reservations and don’t miss the melt-in-your-mouth fried tofu.
13-21 Sennichichō, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima-ken 892-0843, Japan
Ajimori is famous for the Kagoshima-style black pork and shabu-shabu dinner, a style of meal where the pork is cooked at the table with vegetables. Ajimori is also known for its excellent service and hospitality. There is a private room with...
10 Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0026, Japan
Located in the Hakata ward of Fukuoka, Kawabatadori is an unpretentious shopping street popular with the locals. This area, also famous for nightlife, is an old-style covered arcade where stores sell Hakata specialties, traditional sweets, and...
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