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Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/25 15:35
We fly into Fukuoka and have five days before we meet my brother and his wife and head over to stay in Usa and Yufuin. We've visited Kyushu twice before and gone all over, Kumamoto and Mt Aso and right down to Kagoshima. This time we're going to chill out for the first couple of nights in Fukuoka and then go over to Karatsu.
Does anyone have any recommendations about lovely places to visit in that area in the second half of March. We will have a car and like to visit smaller villages, preferably with old buildings and temples and good food.
We could stay three nights in Karatsu and drive out from there, or stay a night somewhere else but we'll have to take the car back to Karatsu before we return to Fukuoka to meet the relatives.
Any ideas for that part of Kyushu would be gratefully received!
by yeshekathy  

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/25 18:16
Yanagawa, old buildings, canals and boat rides.
by hakata14 (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/25 20:11
sounds like our kind of place - thank you, will check it out.
by yeshekathy rate this post as useful

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/25 20:25
Maybe also g샖j or 쑠@?
by Glimpigumpi rate this post as useful

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/25 20:38
That came out in Japanese - sorry do not understand it... ??
by yeshekathy rate this post as useful

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/25 22:47
The first one is Yoshinogari Archeological park which thoroughly enjoyed but it is my sort of thing and definitely wouldnt be for everyone. I assume you have visited the fantastic museum at Dazaifu in your previous travels https://www.kyuhaku.jp/en/
by Stan Norrell rate this post as useful

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/25 23:36
Yanagawa is a nice day trip from Fukuoka. Do note that there are not too many towns with significant old temples around Saga. One area which is really impressive is the Kunisaki Peninsula - one of my favorite areas in Japan. Kitsuki is also a nice town with some nice samurai residences in the same area
by mfedley rate this post as useful

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/26 06:48
More good ideas - thank you!
Yoshinogari does sound interesting Stan - we love archeological sites in Europe. It seems to be very spread out (?) I guess we'll decide according to the weather. Yes spent a great day in Dazaifu and loved the museum! We'll probably go back to show my brother and his wife.
The Kunisaki Peninsula is one of our must dos mfedley. We'll be staying in Usa and then driving around to Yufuin. It's rather huge though, any recommendations for specific ways to drive and take it all in - all in one short day??
by yeshekathy rate this post as useful

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/26 07:20
Mt Hachiman and its terraced fields.just south of Karatsu.
Yobuko, just to the west of Karatsu. World capital for squid.
by Alishan rate this post as useful

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/26 17:36
i just thought you would google the kanji, then you see the places for it.
the first one is already explained, the second one is Nanzo-in, a pretty cool lying budda
https://www.google.at/maps/place/Nanzoin/@33.618823,130.5701805,17z/da...
by Glimpigumpi rate this post as useful

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/26 21:50
by mfedley rate this post as useful

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/27 03:10
I see the spammers are back. I'd ignore the .in links above

Yoshinogari is a large park. You could ignore the forest & field zone & not miss much. I wish I could have had someone I could ask questions of regarding the village recreations.

If the blossoms start to come out when you are in Fukuoka then Uminonakamichi Seaside park should not be missed.
by Stan Norrell rate this post as useful

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/27 08:05
Oh Glimpigumpi, googling kanji is a hilarious exercise sometimes. It didnft quite get it right this time either. One of the funniest things I saw was a game where you wrote in english, translated it to kanji and then translated it back again... a couple wrote love letters like this and then read them out at their wedding!
But thanks for the suggestions. Thanks for your reports medley... great information. Ifm looking forward to that area. Someone said ignore the e.inf posts - they seem to have gone.
Once again some good advice from people on this forum. I love that people are so happy to generously share their experience. I wonder when the blossoms will arrive in Kyushu next year. We arrive on 15th March and are in Kyushu until 26th then Honshu to Kii Peninsula until 6th April so wefre hoping!
My husband and brother want to do a bike ride theyfve read about somewhere near Usa. Does anyone have any advice about it? I donft ride a bike and they are trying to persuade me to go on a tandem (yikes!).
by yeshekathy rate this post as useful

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/27 10:45
I agree with Stan that Yoshinogiri Park is a nice day trip from Fukuoka. It's quite large and gives you a much different perspective of Japan than most people don't understand. The Yaoyoi people are quite interesting and pop up quite often in Japanese history....
by mfedley rate this post as useful

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/29 09:57
You gave some general info on what you saw during previous trips, but more details would be helpful. If you are driving, the whole area is wide open for you.
Near Mt Aso is the beautiful Nabegadaki waterfall, Daikanbo Lookout, and Yamabuki springhead. Some very nice sights, and mostly unknown to the crowds.
https://is.gd/BJmtBa
https://is.gd/u4kLp7
If you haven't seen it yet, the Yutoku Inari Shrine is pure gold.
https://youtu.be/2UU_1Aip_l4
Nearby also is the Arita Porcelain Park, which is like suddenly walking into Dresden, Germany.
Kumamoto also has the Kyusendo Cave, which is one of the best limestone caves on the island.
https://www.kyusendo.jp/
There are also some very good places for cherry blossoms, and your timing might be just right. One of the best and completely uncrowded is Kayoicho Park in Kasuya.
http://bit.ly/1KAm8cU
by Ken (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/29 17:25
In the list Ken just postet you see also a video of Nanzoin, in case you still didnt grab the meaning of my messages....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT4VQFmHFyM&index=2&t=0s&list=PL7LcPcm...
by Glimpigumpi rate this post as useful

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/30 10:07
Yes I did get the message eventually - and certainly plan a visit to Nanzoin - on one previous trip I tried to collect large buddhas (ie see all I could) and it's good to find another one. I still have to get to the wonderful one on Chiba - next time for Tokyo and Chiba. The Uzuki Buddhas are magnificent and the whole area very beautiful.
Thank you so much for all this help. I am really looking forward to Kyushu again. Sad it's not until March!
by yeshekathy rate this post as useful

Re: Advice about travel in Northern Kyushu 2018/11/30 11:18
You didn't specify the one in Chiba - you mean the Tokyowan Kannon, maybe?
http://www.t-kannon.jp
Not to mention one in Nokogiriyama.
There is also the Ushiku Daibutsu (100m) in Ibaraki that you may find more impressive.
https://www.japanvisitor.com/japan-temples-shrines/ushiku-daibutsu
as well as another in Takasaki, Gunma.

But if you want to see them in Fukuoka, you picked the right place - there are 3 actually. In addition to Nanzoin, in Fukuoka City itself next to the Gion subway Station is Tochoji, with Japan's biggest wooden carved Buddha - about 11m in height and weighs 30 tons.
https://youtu.be/hug3tCMvu28

There is also the Naritasan Jibo Kannon in Kurume.
https://youtu.be/G1SBtmqXteE

The stone carvings at Usuki are not bad, but the Great Buddhas might be more memorable. Usuki has centuries of history though.
https://youtu.be/LEnz0T-H5eA
by Ken (guest) rate this post as useful

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