Fukuoka City, the capital of Fukuoka prefecture, has been a gateway to Asian countries since long ago for its location close to those countries, and Fukuoka International Airport and Hakata Port were developed. It is also renowned gourmet city with its famous Hakata Ramen and the ‘food stall street’, and you can enjoy interesting food culture of good quality there. Sasebo City of Nagasaki prefecture is prospering as a tourist destination with its Kujuku-shima (Ninety-nine Islands) and Huis Ten Bosch – popular domestic attraction. Kumamoto City of Kumamoto prefecture is the third largest city in Kyushu. At the center of the city is the Kumamoto-Jo castle, which suffered considerable damage in the recent Kumamoto Earthquake in 2016, but now it is being repaired as a symbol of the city’s reconstruction efforts.
Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo City in Nagasaki prefecture is a theme park in its largest scale in Japan that reproduced the townscapes of Holland. Its variation of the seasonal flowers blooming throughout the year in the park boasts the largest in Japan. When evening falls, the vast town of Huis Ten Bosch glitters with illuminations. This world of light can also be enjoyed throughout the year. The park has a game spot inside where both adults and children can enjoy, as well as 44 kinds of other attractions.
Kujuku-Shima in Sasebo is the costal water body of 25km stretch from just outside of Sasebo Port northward with small and large islets scattered. Although it is named ‘Ninety-nine Islands’, actual number of islands counts 208. Kujuku-shima offers you opportunities for Nordic Walking, sea kayaking, sailing, and other outdoor activities on land and in the sea.
Shopping & Gourmet
Any city of Fukuoka, Kumamoto or Sasebo has large shopping malls and shopping arcades, and you can enjoy shopping anywhere. And as for gourmet experiences, Hakata's Tonkotsu Ramen (Pork bone broth ramen) and 'motsu-nabe' (offal cooked in stock) are the representatives of Kyushu's local delicacies. Hakata's 'food stall street' is one of the best- known gourmet area in Japan, and if you are in Fukuoka, it is the must-visit place. Kumamoto's most known local delicacy is 'basashi' (raw horse meat). 'Karashi-renkon', which is fried lotus root with mustard-miso in its holes is another popular local food. Sasebo that used to be a base of Japanese military has been used as an American base after the War, and there is legacy of American culture remaining. 'Sasebo Burger' is one of its local foods. There are many shops that sell Sasebo burgers in town, and you can do 'burger-hopping' with the 'burger map' in your hand.
A river cruise on the 'water-bus' that goes around the largest bustling areas in Kyushu – Nakasu and Nakagawa. It has a day cruise and a night cruise, and you can enjoy the view of bustling town of Fukuoka from the water.