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Kyushu (B, Kyūshū, literally "nine provinces") is Japan's third largest island, located southwest of the main island Honshu. An early center of Japanese civilization, Kyushu offers many historic treasures, modern cities and natural beauty.

Top destinations in Kyushu

1

Fukuoka

Kyushu's largest and most vibrant city.
3.7 / 5
2,516
2

Dazaifu

Historic town south of Fukuoka.
3.6 / 5
884
3

Kitakyushu

Industrial city in the north of Kyushu.
3.0 / 5
346
3

Arita and Imari

One of Japan's most famous area for pottery.
3.6 / 5
116
4

Karatsu

Coastal city known for castles and pottery.
2.9 / 5
40
5

Takeo Onsen

Onsen town with smooth waters and long history.
14
1

Nagasaki••

Attractive port city with a moving history.
4.1 / 5
1,917
4

Hirado

Former site of the Dutch trading post.
21
2

Aso

Active volcano with a huge ancient caldera.
3.8 / 5
1,024
3

Kumamoto

Modern city most famous for its castle.
3.7 / 5
1,301
4

Minamata

From pollution site to environmental model city.
2.9 / 5
64
5

Amakusa

Remote islands with a large Christian population.
31
1

Yufuin

Rural yet trendy hot spring town near Beppu.
4.1 / 5
449
2

Beppu

Japan's capital city of hot springs.
3.8 / 5
1,346
4

Usuki

Town known for its unique stone Buddhas.
3.6 / 5
41
1

Takachiho

Mountain town steeped in mythology.
4.2 / 5
252
2

Udo Shrine

Shrine constructed in a cliff side cave.
3.6 / 5
88
3

Miyazaki

City in southeastern Kyushu.
3.4 / 5
542
3

Kirishima

National Park with volcanic mountain range.
3.8 / 5
263
4

Kagoshima

Southernmost of Kyushu's major cities.
3.8 / 5
1,140
Page last updated: April 12, 2016