Northern Kyushu is a sub-region of Kyushu. This northern region encompasses the prefectures of Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto and Oita. The northern region of Kyushu was the first to be colonized by the Chinese and Koreans.
Fukuoka is at the tip of Kyushu, surrounded by sea and with a rich history. In fact, the city was Japan’s first place to be exposed to the culture of Asia, and it has since become the real hub of Kyushu.
With its plethora of natural hot springs, Beppu is kind of like one big hot bath. Located in central Oita, hot water gushes out of the ground in many areas around the city, making it the perfect destination for anyone wanting to indulge in a little bit of spa therapy.
Nagasaki is a city with million dollar views, but you don’t have to be rich to visit. Its amphitheatre-esque orientation sees houses extending up the slopes and onto the surrounding mountains, casting their lights down toward the sea.
Kumamoto is rich in natural beauty and has the history to match. Venture to Kumamoto Castle to soak up some of the area’s culture and explore the castle built more than 400 years ago. It’s also worth your while to check out Mount Aso, which is a volcanic caldera with a whopping five peaks complete with craters, thanks to volcanic activity.