Fukuoka

Slurp a bowl of ramen noodles at one of the open-air yatai stalls along the Tenjin River.

Aso-san

The peaks of this active volcano offer great hiking and superb views across the largest caldera in the world.

Takachiho

Go boating through a gorge on the emerald-green Gokase-gawa, then watch the gods cavort at a kagura performance in this beguiling mountain village.

Usuki

Contemplate Japan’s finest stone-carved Buddhas, sitting serenely in their wooded valley for more than seven hundred years.

Beppu’s hidden onsen

Escape the Beppu crowds by hiking up to a secluded array of onsen in the western hills.

Yakushima

Go hiking in the rainiest place in Japan, through lush green forests up to the ancient yaku-sugi cedars, some of the oldest trees in the world.

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