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), where you'll find 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.

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$63.64 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Visit Gunkanjima island, the Battleship island, in Nagasaki

What is Gunkanjima?“Gunkanjima” is known as the “Battleship island” located in Nagasaki prefecture. The shape of the island resembles a Japanese battleship. Here, you can observe the crumbling aftermath of heavy modernisation during industrialisation in Japan. Coal was once plentiful in this island, and many mining facilities were established during the Showa period, most notably Mitsubishi Corporation. Coal production sustained Japan’s economy for years, as corporations sent more and more workers and their families over to the island. Both the mining facilities and settlement in this small 15-acre island increasingly grew and became so densely packed as families were forced in very narrow settlements. There were 5,259 people living on the island in 1959, exceeding the population density of Tokyo by 9 times! The ruins of modernist architecture at that time is really fascinating to observe, such as the uniform and rational high-rise apartment blocks that were left to rot one after another, and the towering concrete sea wall that surrounded the island. These high-rise buildings and the surrounding sea wall resembled a Japanese battleship called “Tosa”, which is why the island has the nickname Battleship island. In addition to the residencies, many urban facilities were also built such as movie theaters, restaurants, hospitals, and entertainment venues. However, petroleum eventually replaced coal in supplying the country’s energy needs, and the coal industry abruptly came to halt in 1974. Many workers and inhabitants quickly abandoned the island, often leaving their possessions behind, thus you can see some material goods and artefacts that were left over in the buildings. One can really feel the mysterious atmosphere and sense the feeling of entrapment by looking at the crumbling ruins of the strangely identical architecture. You are able to look back through time at this mysterious island which once served to represent modernisation and growth in Japan but at the same time introduced new restrictive and disciplinary behaviour influenced by infrastructural forms. What is unique about this island is that it has been untouched for decades, leaving innate processes in nature to take over the concrete architecture, creating a juxtaposition of nature and artificial structures. This is indeed both beautiful and peculiar in many ways. In recent years, many films have been filmed on this island, such as Skyfall James Bond, as well as the popular anime series Attack on Titan. There has been an increasing number of visitors too now that the island restriction ban has been lifted. It is now also recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site as a “Meiji Industrial Revolution Site”.

$91.56 Cultural & Theme Tours


ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Catholic Nakamachi Church, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, Kyushu26 Saints' Three Boy Statues, St. Thomas West and 15 Martyr (Nagasaki 16 Saints) MemorialDuration: 30 minutesStop At: 26 Martyrs Museum, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, KyushuMaterials related to the Great Voyage Age, Mural painting and sculptureDuration: 1 hourStop At: Urakami Cathedral, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, KyushuA Bombed Malia Statue, Celestial bellDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Nagasaki Peace Park, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, KyushuPeace Memorial StatueDuration: 20 minutes

$77.82 Cultural & Theme Tours


ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Hotel NagasakiTravelers can see 15,000 lanterns , many fun and excited show . 12:30 DEPARTURE FROM JR HAKATA ST. CHIKUSHIGUCHI BUS PARKING14:30 NAGASAKI CASTELLA CENTER SHOPPING15:00 ARRIVE AT NAGASAKI TOKIWA PARKING FREE TIME20:00 DEPARTURE FROM NAGASAKI TOKIWA PARKING21/30 ARRIVE AT JR HAKATA ST CHIKUSHIGUCHI BUS PARKING Duration: 5 hours

$82.40 Cultural & Theme Tours


ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Nagasaki Peace Park, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, KyushuThis statue symbolizes the love of God and the mercy of Buddha, wishing for the spirit of the atomic bomb victims and eternal peace, the right hand pointing to heaven, "the threat of the atomic bomb (the past of Nagasaki)", the left hand It shows "peace (the future of Nagasaki)", the face is neither a god nor a Buddha but a lightly closed eyes and quietly praying over the religion over the relief of the souls of the war victims of 70,000 abundant war victims.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Glover Garden, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, Kyushu"Glover Garden" is the one that transplanted and restored the six Meiji period Western-style buildings that were scattered around the city, with the old grabber houses, former ringer houses, and old ortho-houses of the designated national important cultural assets at the core.It is familiar to many people as a foreign tourist attraction, more than 1 million tourists a year I am visiting.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, KyushuThe Atomic Bomb Museum announces the situation of the unimaginable damage that the atomic bomb exerted on human beings to future generations, and also in order to widely broadcast the wishes for peace of Nagasaki citizens to the inside and outside of the country, to contribute to the realization of abolition of nuclear weapons and world peaceful peace It was installed as a facility.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Megane Bridge, Isahaya, Nagasaki Prefecture, KyushuThis eyeglass bridge built in 1634 is famous for Japan's first arched stone bridge. As the shadow reflected on the river draws a bicubic circle and it looks like "glasses", it is said that this name is attached, and it is counted as the Japan Three Bridge as well as "Nihonbashi" and "Kintai Bridge".Duration: 10 minutes

$15 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara and Pearl Experience

Visit: Kujukushima Aquarium Umikirara, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, KyushuKujukushima Aquarium Umi-kirara houses sea life from the local underwater environment. Delve below the waves and gaze at schools of fish and gigantic rays dancing among the beautiful coral reefs.

$58.97 Classes & Workshops

Color your own Tairyo Bata!

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productIn April of 1865, a Western steam sailing vessel appeared off of Hashima (now known as Hashima in Ichikikushikino City, Kagoshima Prefecture) located in the Satsuma Peninsula facing the East China Sea. It came to Hashima covertly in order to take nineteen young Satsuma feudal retainers on board. They were selected by the Satsuma clan to study abroad in Great Britain and to tour the European countries for the sake of national interests. Pass By: Satsuma Students Museum, Ichikikushikino, Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu

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