Welcome to Central Kyūshū
Central Kyūshū comprises most of Nagasaki Prefecture (長崎県), all of Kumamoto Prefecture (熊本県), the Shimabara Peninsula (島原半島) and the northern tip of Miyazaki Prefecture (宮崎県). Southeast of the island centre is lovely Takachiho, mythical home of the sun goddess Amaterasu.
In 2016 the Kumamoto region suffered severe earthquakes that killed many people, destroyed thousands of homes and badly damaged roads and buildings. In October that same year, Aso-san (Mt Aso) erupted, causing further destruction. At research time, some sites, roads and rail lines were still closed pending repair.