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Hi, I'm Arisa!

I’ll be visiting some must-see places in Kyushu and Okinawa. Best part is, you vote for the places you wish to go and I’ll get there!

Scenic nature, culture and gastronomical wonders of Fukuoka for a start.

I am now in Fukuoka and I just visited the amazing beach paradise, Sakurai Futamigaura during the sunset period and witness the wonderful view of ‘blue hour’. Right now, I am heading to Nakasu Yatai Street to try some local delicacies. I cannot wait to eat them all!

Besides of street gourmet, I am going to try Motsunabe for tomorrow dinner! Dazaifu Tenmangu, one of Japan’s most important Shinto shrines that have lasted for more than a thousand years, is also one of my destination and I wish that I am able to draw a “Excellent Fortune” there!! This trip is off to a great start!

Where you voted for previously!
Saga 39%
Nagasaki 31%
Oita 30%

Hi, I'm Arisa!

Saga is a great choice, and I know I will have some relaxing yet fun time here!

Experience beauty and be beautiful at Saga

I just arrived in Saga yesterday and I am pretty sure that Saga will not fail to amaze me in the next few days. The Ureshino Onsen really made me feel like the goddess of beauty. This hot spring water is truly magical for skin beauty and my skin looks like newborn baby right now! I am having my second dinner in Saga and I just couldn’t resist the sweetness of fresh Yobuko squid and the rich flavour of Takezaki crabs.

For a rich autumn experience, I am going to take a look at the fiery fall leaves at Mifuneyama Rakuen and I think it will be a wondrous treat for my eyes. The Yutoku Inari Shrine is another must-see spot because it’s one of the “Japan’s Three Major Inari Shrine”. I am thinking of getting a lucky charm for my career there!

Where you voted for previously!
Kumamoto 43%
Miyazaki 30%
Kagoshima 27%

Hey, I'm back!

The top destination you voted for in the last two weeks is Kumamoto. Smart choice and I am looking forward to have a great time here!

Traditional yet interestingly pleasant Kumamoto

Last time when I was in Kumamoto, I visited the Kumamoto castle. So, this time I’ve decided to spend more of my time at Kusanseri Plateau. I want to feel the natural wonder of the vast Greenland there. I must say that my visit to Suizenji Garden was a serene experience for me as I sip my time away with some traditional matcha.

 

Tonight, I am going to taste grilled horse meat. I am already drooling at the photos only! I couldn’t resist not having dessert, so I will also try Kumamoto’s traditional dessert – Ikinari Dango. Red bean paste and sweet potato wrapped in mochi! Before leaving, I will meet Kumamon at the Kumamon Square and hopefully I might get a chance to dance with him!

Where should I go next? Pick a place of your choice for me!

A foodie’s gourmet experience in Okinawa

Relieving experience with Okinawa emerald green ocean

Okinawa's scenic and photographic journey

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See you on my next destination by 30 November 2020!

Easily reached by land, sea and air, dynamic Kyushu is bubbling with energy, culture and activity.

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Tiffany

Kagoshima – The Essence of Amami Island

Amami Island is an hour flight from Kagoshima, there are direct flights from Tokyo & Osaka too. This seaside city famous to those searching for uncompr...

Tiffany

  • Masters student
  • Entering 3rd year of living in Tokyo, Japan
  • Gastronomic tourism, exploring off-the-beaten-path places and cultural experiences in Japan!

Kagoshima - The essence of Amami Island

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Kagoshima’s truly breath-taking landscapes

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Amami Island is an hour flight from Kagoshima, there are direct flights from Tokyo & Osaka too. This seaside city famous to those searching for uncompromised local food and refined cultures of southern Japan, Kyushu. Here, I’ll be introducing a collection of my favourite places that captures Kagoshima’s breath-taking landscape, which creates an ideal avenue for picturesque shots. It’s highly recommended to book a rental car and explore the island as public transportation is limited.

Starting with Honoshi Kaigan (Honoshi Coast) which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Unlike regular beaches, Honohoshi coast is filled with round stones instead of sand. You may also see people fishing here!

Next, the naturally heart-shaped rock called Hato Rokku (Heart Rock).You may want to check the tide chart to avoid low tide periods. If time permits, I recommend driving-around the island in search of other naturally heart-shaped beaches made by rough waves which are absolutely stunning.

If water sports is up your alley, you might enjoy visiting Mangrove Chaya for kayaking. It’ll leave you breathless as you paddle through the beautiful landscape of the second largest mangrove forest in Japan.

Insider’s Tip: 大島紬村(Ooshima Tsumugi)is where silk textiles come alive due to the islands’ subtropical climate. I had a hands-on experience here with the guidance of a patient veteran. This 1300 years old tradition of developing silk fabric through mud-dyeing is still evident today, and its impeccable quality is still highly sought after by many Kimono lovers.

Tiffany

Fukuoka Passion for Flavour, Experience Exquisite Taste Combinations in a Day!

Start the day with some wholesome Hakata’s specialty chicken hot pot “Mizutaki” at Hakata Mizutaki Toriden. This flavourful hot pot is well deserving of i...

Tiffany

  • Masters student
  • Entering 3rd year of living in Tokyo, Japan
  • Gastronomic tourism, exploring off-the-beaten-path places and cultural experiences in Japan!

Fukuoka passion for flavour, experience exquisite taste combinations in a day!

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A heaven for seafood lovers

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Start the day with some wholesome Hakata’s specialty chicken hot pot“Mizutaki” at Hakata Mizutaki Toriden. This flavourful hot pot is well deserving of its title as a nationally recognized dish and loved by many! You will be taken through a journey of taste as the dish slowly elevates by the addition of other fresh ingredients throughout the meal course. Not to be missed!

Next, wind down with some Chai at Chai Tea Heron. This humble little space is filled with various kinds of Chai blends. Cafes are very prominent in Fukuoka. I take delight in the fact that the owner, cultivates chai from over 10 different types of spices (which is different from usual methods!) and introduces new menus frequently. Besides, it’s a great opportunity for foreign travellers to interact with locals, exchange views in a relaxing ambience while enjoying the elevated abundance of taste.

Fukuoka is not only known for its Hakata ramen, but also a heaven for seafood lovers! Locals enjoy having mackerels cooked in various ways, and one of it is eaten raw with a hint of sesame goodness. At Seimon Barai izakaya, you can rest assure that quality is uncompromised.

Finally, while the night is still young, savour at the fabled open-air street food vendors called Yatai. These food stalls can accommodate at most 10 people, which means it will be an intimate experience, almost like going to a sushiya! Yatai usually serves various traditional dishes, yakitori, ramen and oden. It’s also popular amongst the working folks to unwind.

Valyn

A Hidden Gem of Luxury

There is a beautiful private beach and resort in Okuma Beach (Kunigami-son), nestled between the ancestral Yanbaru forest (UNESCO World Natural Heritag...

Valyn

Travel Writer, Blogger. From Penang.

  • The author of the recently published Chinese travelogue titled – “My Bravest Journey: Be. Okinawa” (我在冲绳漫慢旅行
  • 90 days-solo-journey in Okinawa. Also, have been wandering around Shikoku, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Kawaguchi​
  • Love Okinawa food and onsen with a view of Mount Fuji

A hidden gem of luxury

c) Okuma Private Beach and Resort1
c) Okuma Private Beach and Resort2

This hidden gem spots you don't want to miss!

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There is a beautiful private beach and resort in Okuma Beach (Kunigami-son), nestled between the ancestral Yanbaru forest (UNESCO World Natural Heritage) and the East China Sea. It is easily accessible by self-drive or via a free shuttle bus in 2.5 hours from Naha airport.

This area is a unique retreat, offers the opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones, release your spirit and surrender to the magnificence of nature. Take a walk at the long sandy private beach, sleep in the luxurious and elegant palm cottage, relax on the boat while watching the sunset, or swim along with the fishes in the sea.

At this luxury resort, there is plenty to keep you and the kids thoroughly amused. Let the kids enjoy a handmade experience with Shisa-lion making, a demon of the famous legend represents the Ryukyu local guardian angel, or expend the family activities around the resort. Hike into the Yanbaru national park with the professional tour guide, kayaking or cycling with the sea wind. Located in the Kunigami Village, a visit to Yanbaru Forest Toy Museum would be fun for the kids. With a big room full of wooden toys, it’s more like a wood-based playground than a museum!

Valyn

See, Touch and Experience Marine Life!

The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world. Its massive Kuroshio Tank is home to the world’s largest fish, the Whale S...

Valyn

Travel Writer, Blogger. From Penang.

  • The author of the recently published Chinese travelogue titled – “My Bravest Journey: Be. Okinawa” (我在冲绳漫慢旅行
  • 90 days-solo-journey in Okinawa. Also, have been wandering around Shikoku, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Kawaguchi​
  • Love Okinawa food and onsen with a view of Mount Fuji

See, touch and experience marine life!

B) Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium1
B) Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium2

If you are a sea lover, definitely do not miss it.

B) Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium3
The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world. Its massive Kuroshio Tank is home to the world’s largest fish, the Whale Shark. You’ll be able to see two whale sharks (one male and one female) swimming right in front of you. Bring your kids along to observe a rich variety of marine creatures including manta rays, whale sharks, and seahorses. Feeding shows are held twice daily and both adults and kids love the show.

There is also a freshwater pool where visitors can touch living starfish and sea cucumbers with their own hands. The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is part of the Ocean Expo Park on Motobu Peninsula, and other attractions such as dynamic dolphin shows, sea turtle pool and outdoor manatee pool are available too. Don’t forget to take a drive nearby, through the longest toll free bridge in Okinawa, Kouri bridge. Spanning in total of 1960m, it connects to Kouri Island, located in the ocean north of Motobu Peninsular and featuring the spectacular ocean views. Definitely a wonderful way to see Okinawa or feel the salt scented sea breeze.

佐賀

Saga

Must-see & experience

  • Immerse in the fiery fall colours at Mifuneyama Rakuen
  • Spectacular sights at Yutoku Inari Shrine
  • Relax your body and mind at the Ureshino Onsen
  • Delectable seafood – Takezaki crabs & Yobuko squid

Intricate pottery, relaxing onsen and spectacular natural sights. Saga’s got it all

Saga’s onsens are also well-known for its soothing, skin-beautifying alkaline hot spring waters. Local food specialties such as the sweet and fresh Yobuko squids and richly flavoured Takezaki crabs will definitely make you drool. For more cultural visits and photographic experience, the Yutoku Inari Shrine is a great destination for its outstanding moutain view and traditional garden. Millions of visitors visit this shrine for good business and fortune too.

長崎

Nagasaki

Must-see & experience

  • Mesmerising 360° nightscape from Mount Inasa
  • Peaceful visits at Peace Park & the Atomic Bomb Museum
  • Picturesque Dutch town in Japan at Huis Ten Bosch
  • Uniquely Sasebo burgers & delicious Shippoku meals

Nagasaki prospered beautifully and peacefully

Nagasaki, being known as one of the cities destroyed by atomic bomb, is now one of the places where you can find sign of peace everywhere. Places like Nagasaki Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum were organized under the concept of world peace. Looking for a breath-taking night view of Nagasaki, head to Mt Inasa. Don’t forget to try on Sasebo burger, a local dish which born in America made with Sasebo local ingredients. If you’re into larger meals, try Shippoku cuisine that’s of mixed influence from other cultures. And while you’re in Nagasaki, don’t forget to visit the charming and beautiful Dutch town in Huis Ten Bosch for photo session.

大分

Oita

Must-see & experience

  • Japan’s highest suspension bridge at Kokonoe Yume Otsuribashi
  • Ultra high temperature hot springs at Hells of Beppu
  • Naturally moisturising hot spring at Yufuin Onsen
  • Dangerously fresh fugu fish and crunchy toriten
  • Amazingly quaint but naturally-inviting Oita

Amazingly quaint but naturally-inviting Oita

Though regarded as a place famous for its amazing onsens, Oita has other interesting activities you can experience from. For one, you can gaze at virgin forest below you as you walk through the sky on a suspension bridge at Kokonoe Yume Otsurihashi. It’s Japan’s highest suspension bridge. And for a relaxing time, you can head to Yufuin Onsen for an open-air hot spring bath to take in the view. 

There is Beppu Jigoku Meguri, a hot spring where you can only view but not bathe because it is regarded as a hell hot spring; temperatures are not ideal for soaking. But, there are lots of foot bath around each hell hot spring for you to get a relieving foot spa. If you want to have a hot spring bath, head to Yufuin Onsen for an open-air hot spring bath to take in the view and enjoy a relaxing time there.

Last but not least, for the adventurous soul, try Oita’s selection of fresh fugu fish prepared by certified chefs. Or you can always settle for crunchy toriten for a meal.

熊本

Kumamoto

Must-see & experience

  • Iconic Kumamoto castle of the Edo period
  • Beautiful strolls and experience tea ceremony at Suizenji Garden
  • Meet Kumamon, Kumamoto’s famous mascot
  • Grilled horse meat to challenge your palate & try Ikinari Dango

Where Japan’s ancient traditions are kept alive

One of the must-visit castle in whole of Japan is the Kumamoto castle. Its architecture will keep you in awe. The mighty castle has been protecting the city of Kumamoto since the Edo period. Experience vast emerald green grasslands at Kusasenri Plateau. It’s also a great location to gaze at the peak of Mount Aso. Sip traditional hand-whisked matcha as you look out to serene gardens at Suizenji Garden. Want to discover the fun side of Kumamoto? Fond of cute mascot? Meet the playful and charming Kumamon, Kumamoto’s famous official mascot. For the courageous foodie, you can try grilled horse fillet. To sweeten your tastebuds, take a bite of Ikinari Dango, Kumamoto’s traditional dessert.

鹿児島

kagoshima

Must-see & experience

  • Sakurajima – Symbol of Kagoshima, Japan’s one of most active volcano
  • Mount Kaimon, the Mount Fuji look-alike mountain
  • Steamy sand baths of Ibusuki onsen
  • Naturally beautiful – UNESCO World Heritage --Yakushima
  • Craft beer of Kirishima & delectable Satsuma-age (Fried Fish cake)

Nature and wellness. Kagoshima makes it possible.

Kagoshima offers scenic and picturesque views for nature lovers. For one, Sakurajima, the most active volcano in Japan allows you to stroll peacefully along its lava field and gaze at its majestic peak. Another peak you might want to conquer is Mount Kaimon. It resembles the famous Mount Fuji. For more nature immersion, Yakushima is the place to discover more. Take a walk in the ancient forests with trees thought to be as old as 7,000 years there. And at Ibusuki Onsen, you can even try Japan’s unusual steamy sand baths for detoxification. Seeking for a craft beer and authentic shochu experience, visit Kirishima Factory Garden and try the exclusive shochu ice cream here. Lastly, end your gastronomical experience with the tasty Satsuma-age, deep fried fish paste.

宮崎

Miyazaki

Must-see & experience

  • Beautiful coastal sightseeing train ride of Umisachi Yamasachi
  • Impressive Takachiho Gorge views from the boat
  • Oninosentakuita, Great platforms of Devil’s Washboard – wavelike rock formation
  • The best of all wagyu beef – Miyazaki wagyu
  • Popular local dish – delightful Chicken Namban

Scenic coastal experiences of Miyazaki

Miyazaki has one of the warmest climates in Japan. It’s famous for its ocean-drives and beaches. Experience the enthralling coastal views when you board the JR Kyushu sightseeing train of Umisachi Yamasachi Limited Express. And for gorgeous view of the Takachiho Gorge, you can rent a boat and paddle at your own pace to take in the view. For an unusual view of the oceanic platform, don’t miss out the Oninosentakuita, Devil’s Washboard along the coastlines at Aoshima.

Last but not least, if you’re a wagyu fan, then you must savour literally the best wagyu in the world, the Miyazaki wagyu beef. Beside of that, the tasty Chicken Namban is also a must-try cuisine to all visitors to Miyazaki.

Foodie's Paradise in Okinawa

Must-see & experience

  • Local yummy delights at Makishi Public Market
  • Pottery of everyday life at Yachimun Street
  • Endless food and drinks at Kokusai-dori Yatai Mura

Experience the real Okinawan street food and drinks

When it comes to Okinawan food culture, the Makishi Public Market is a great place to experience the local delicacies of real Okinawa. Purchase the local produced meat, seafood, vegetables at the 1st floor and get them cooked by professional chef at the 2nd floor. For an even more local food stall experience, the Kokusai-dori Yatai Mura is a must-go.

Relish in delicious street foods from various food vendors there. Then, observe the everyday life of Okinawa etched in pottery at Tsuboya Yachimun Street. Experience its 300 years of history beautiful ceramics and potteries.

Seaside Relaxation in Okinawa

Must-see & experience

  • View the emerald green ocean from Kouri Island
  • Experience traditional Okinawan culture
  • Watch aircrafts landing and taking off with delicious afternoon tea
  • Spectacular underwater world

Explore and experience relaxing lifestyle at Okinawa seasides

Enjoy a cultural theme park and learn history about Ryukyu tradition at Ryukyu Mura Village. Admire the magical underwater world at Churaumi Aquarium and witness the largest fish, whale sharks swimming freely in the tank. Seeking for romantic and scenic view, head to Kouri Ocean Tower.

The view from the roof top observation area will be the most unforgettable memory of your Okinawa trip. Get to Senagajima Umikaji Terrace for a relaxing afternoon tea while watching the aircrafts landing and taking off.

Capture Picturesque Okinawa

Must-see & experience

  • Fun-filled time at Mihama American Village
  • Spectacular Manza Cape
  • Amazing limestone cave and forest at Valley of Gangala
  • Sunny time at Azama Sunsun beach
  • Take an oceanic drive on Kouri Bridge

Picturesque journey in Okinawa

Other than cultural experiences, Okinawa offers its own grandeur when it comes to scenic spots, spaces and natural beauty. Azama Sunsun beach gives you the view of the emerald green ocean as far as the eye can see. Manza Cape lets you enjoy the view of the ocean on a high cliff.

Experience scenic and historic limestone cave and its forest at the Valley of Gangala. You can also take an oceanic drive along the Kouri Bridge, the longest toll-free bridge that overlooks the ocean. Immerse in American culture in Okinawa at the Mihama American Village, the only place in Okinawa with a Ferris wheel!

Scuba-diving is now re-opened in Okinawa

You can now enjoy swimming among nature.

Beginning from September, all ocean activities will resume in Okinawa region as announced by the regional government.

The Mayor of Okinawa said in his press conference on last Wednesday, all activities within the region will adhere to the latests advisory of safety precautions to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

— JNTO

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