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Kyushu and Okinawa

Glorious beaches and pristine coral reels, vibrant cities, active volcanoes and bubbling hot springs await on the southernmost islands of the Japanese archipelago. 

Separated from Japan’s main island of Honshu by a narrow channel, Kyushu island blends Japanese modernity with easy-going lifestyles amid dramatic coastal and mountain landscapes. For a great introduction to Kyushu, visit Fukuoka, which has beaches, temples, slick shopping malls, seafood and ramen restaurants. In the Saga Prefecture, rice fields tumble down to coastal villages and Arita and Imari are famous for porcelain wares.

Often remembered for the World War II nuclear bombings, Nagasaki is a doorway to the tranquil Goto Islands. Travel to Kyushu’s eastern coastline to hike to waterfalls and around volcanic craters in the Miyazaki Prefecture. The beaches of Nichinan have some of the country’s best surf breaks. North of here, Oita is home to the jaw-dropping Yabakei Gorge and onsen (hot spring) resorts such as Beppu.

Pass by Kumamoto to visit the 17th-century Kumamoto Castle on your way to the southern seaside city of Kagoshima. Follow trails through lava fields at the base of Mount Sakurajima and then board a boat bound for the Okinawa Prefecture.

Some 160 tropical islands make up the Okinawa archipelago, an area once ruled by the Ryukyu Kingdom. Learn about this empire and Okinawa culture at Ryukyu Mura theme park, on Okinawa Island. Naha, the prefectural capital, has thriving artisan quarters and the mile-long Kokusaidori dining and retail district. Visit Nago for fruit-themed amusement parks and Okinawa City for family-friendly beaches.

Don’t miss up-close views of exotic marine life from the underground observatory at Busena Marine Park. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is one of the world’s largest aquariums. Stroll amid a primeval forest and limestone caves at the Valley of Gangala.

White-sand beaches set between sparkling blue waters and forested hillsides characterize Okinawa’s islands. Join whale-watching tours on Zamami Island. Escape the crowds at Hatenohama Beach and admire heart-shaped rocks on Kouri Island. Superb snorkeling and scuba diving awaits at Iriomote Island and Ishigaki Island.

Fukuoka and Naha are the main flight hubs for Kyushu and Okinawa, respectively. Use a reliable network of buses, ferries and trains to get around this beguilingly diverse region.


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Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station NT$2,969
Reviewed on 2019/8/18
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Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station

Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station

4-23 Hakataekichuogai, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
     
    4.1 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Very convenient. Nice facilities and helpful staff.

    Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay NT$3,314
    Reviewed on 2019/6/22
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    Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay

    Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay

    1496 Tancha, Kunigami, Onna, Okinawa-ken
       
      4.3 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Our room was dated, OLD CARPET, BAD SMELL. Dust everywhere. The beach, pool and stores inside the hotel are great

      Mitsui Garden Hotel Fukuoka Gion NT$3,447
      Reviewed on 2019/7/16
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      Mitsui Garden Hotel Fukuoka Gion

      Mitsui Garden Hotel Fukuoka Gion

      2-8-15, Hakataekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
         
        4.5 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Very clean and room well designed. Convenient location. The breakfast is excellent.

        Tokyu Stay Hakata NT$2,043
        Reviewed on 2019/8/19
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        Tokyu Stay Hakata

        Tokyu Stay Hakata

        1-11-11 Hakataekiminami, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
           
          4.5 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Staff: very nice Room: a few hair were on the bathroom floor when I got there, but overall clean Washer/Dryer in every room 👍👍 Breakfast buffet: many pretty tasty Japanese and non-Japanese food to choose from I will stay again!!

          Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel NT$2,140
          Reviewed on 2019/7/12
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          Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel

          Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel

          1-2-20 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
             
            4.0 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            It’s a 10 minute walk from the Hakata Station and there is plenty of shopping and eateries all around this centralised area. The hotel is standard for Japan. Room is not big but you should know what you’re in for when it comes to room size here. The hotel is clean, safe and the staff are very accommodating. ...

            APA Hotel Naha NT$1,610
            Reviewed on 2019/4/25
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            APA Hotel Naha

            APA Hotel Naha

            1-4-16,Matsuyama, Naha, Okinawa-ken
               
              3.6 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Has a public bath at the second floor. Convenient location.

              Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa NT$6,617
              Reviewed on 2019/8/8
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              Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa

              Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa

              1108 Serakaki Onnason, Onna, Okinawa
                 
                4.7 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Of all the hotel I stayed around the world. This is simply the best.

                THE LIVELY FUKUOKA NT$2,274
                Reviewed on 2019/8/20
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                THE LIVELY FUKUOKA

                THE LIVELY FUKUOKA

                5-2-18 Nakasu Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  New and clean. Good location, it’s really near the subway.

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