About twelve years ago, I went on a tour to Kyushu for four days by myself.
Kyushu is located in the west side of Japan. There are many spa resorts, delicious food, and good Shocyu (Japanese sake that is unique of Kyushu) available. So, not only Japanese but also Foreign tourists are visiting Kyushu.
Day 1 – Visited Kumamoto City. Kumamoto City is located in the central of Kyushu. Sakura (Horse-meat) is the most famous food in Kumamoto. And, Kumamoto Castle is the point of interest. However, that was damaged by the earth-quake two-years ago. I drunk Shocyu with my father and my father’s colleague after I visited Kumamoto Castle. Why were they there? Because they were traveling on business at that time!
Day 2 – Visited Miyazaki City via Aso. Aso is the biggest caldera in Japan that is very beautiful natural spot and many spa resorts are available. Also, Miyazaki City is located in the south east side of Kyushu. I ate delicious Miyazaki beef that night.
Day 3 – Visited Ibusuki via Kagoshima City. Ibusuki has a unique spa named Suna-buro (Sand-based sauna). It’s very hot but healthy.
Day 4 – Visited Kagoshima City. Kagoshima City is located in the south of Kyushu. Takamori Saigo is a famous historical person of the end of Edo era. He was a revolutionist. Now, “Sego Don” is on air on NHK that is tracing his life. Sakurajima is the citizen’s anchor. I drunk Shocyu again 🙂
Takamori Saigo (bronze statue)
Come to think of it, it was a very exciting trip. Today, since I have a family, I cannot go to trip alone. However, I hope to go to Kyushu again with my family!