Easily reached by land, sea and air, dynamic Kyushu is bubbling with energy, culture and activity
Japan’s third-largest island is internationally famous for its tonkotsu ramen, varied hot springs, dramatic mountains, and peaceful beaches. While the startup hub of Fukuoka bubbles with international attention, the volcanic terrain to the south continues to rumble and smoke. The seismic activity has created a craggy wonderland of eight steaming hot spring areas, known collectively as Beppu Onsen, as well as soaring peaks to hike, such as Mt. Karakuni in the Kirishima mountain range. Offering a taste of both cutting-edge modernity and slow-paced living, Japan's southern island is best explored at a leisurely pace. Head south to relax on an island bursting with spectacular nature, culture and cuisine.
- The bubbling, beneficial waters of Beppu Onsen
- Chow down on a bowl of rich, creamy tonkotsu ramen in Fukuoka
- Views of smoking Sakurajima, one of Japan's most active volcanoes
- Staring into the crater of a volcano atop Mt. Aso