Top Choice Park in Nagasaki

Peace Park

North of the hypocentre, the Peace Park is presided over by the 10-tonne bronze Nagasaki Peace Statue, designed in 1955 by Kitamura Seibo. It also includes the dove-shaped Fountain of Peace (1969) and the Peace Symb…
Top Choice Museum in Nagasaki

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

An essential Nagasaki experience, this sombre place recounts the city's destruction and loss of life through photos and artefacts, including mangled rocks, trees, furniture, pottery and clothing, a clock stopped at …
Top Choice Museum in Nagasaki

Nagasaki Museum of History & Culture

This large museum with attractive displays opened in 2005 to focus on Nagasaki's proud history of international exchange. The main gallery is a fabulous reconstruction of a section of the Edo-period Nagasaki Magistr…
Top Choice Museum in Fukuoka

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

On the upper floors of the large Hakata Riverain Centre (博多リバレイン), this large museum houses the world-renowned Asia Gallery and additional galleries for special exhibits (admission fee varies) and artists in residen…
Top Choice Museum in Fukuoka

Hakata Machiya Furusato-kan

Spread over three machiya (traditional townhouses), this folk museum recreates a Hakata nagare (neighbourhood unit) from the late Meiji era. The replica buildings house historical photos and displays of traditional …
Top Choice Aquarium in Kagoshima

Kagoshima City Aquarium

Beautiful seascapes brim with your favourite marine life by the harbour. Perhaps the coolest exhibit is the giant tank where whale sharks, tuna and other deep-water fish circle around (and above!) you. There is grea…
Top Choice Museum in Kagoshima

Museum of the Meiji Restoration

The museum offers insights into the unique social system of education, samurai loyalty and sword techniques that made Satsuma one of Japan's leading provinces, with a great audioguide in English. There are hourly au…
Top Choice Museum in Beppu

Beppu Traditional Bamboo Crafts Centre

The hands-on crafts centre displays refined works from Edo-period masters as well as current examples of uses for this versatile material, which grows copiously in this region. If you'd like to try your hand at craf…
Top Choice Museum in Arita

Kyūshū Ceramic Museum

The best ceramics museum in the region, about five minutes on foot from Arita Station, is the large, hilltop Kyūshū Ceramic Museum. The Shibata Collection comprehensively showcases the development and styles of Kyūs…
Top Choice Market in Karatsu

Yobuko Morning Market

This colourful morning market for squid, fish and produce animates the quaint, dwindling fishing port of Yobuko (呼子) each day, drawing visitors from all over the region.