Touring Kyushu ― Nagasaki
Stop at the famous pottery center, Hasami, on the way to your trip
After enjoying your hotel’s specialty breakfast, leave Hakata for your next destination, the theme park Huis Ten Bosch. It’s only about two hours away by train. Hasami, a famous pottery center, is located close to Huis Ten Bosch. The town has many galleries and potters’ studios exhibiting and selling Hasami ware. Saunter around enjoying the exhibits or try a bit of pottery making and decorating for some hands-on experience of the traditional craft.
Midsummer Night’s Dream at Huis Ten Bosch
Huis Ten Bosch is one of the few places in Japan offering illumination displays even in the summer. The theme park transforms into a wonder- land of light as the sun disappears. The scale of display is such that more than a night is needed to see everything. Rows of illuminated European-style buildings create a magical scene that makes you forget the summer heat.
How about spending the next day at the park’s Water Kingdom, which boasts Japan’s largest “floating playground”? There is also a lounge pool for persons 18 or older, where you can relax on a deck chair. After a fun-filled day at the park, revive yourself in the hot spring bath at Hotel Okura JR Huis Ten Bosch.
Enjoy one of the world’s top three spots beautiful night views
To wrap up your tour of the Kyushu area, visit Nagasaki, considered one of the world’s top three spots for beautiful night views, along with Hong Kong and Monaco. A little less than two hours is needed to travel from Huis Ten Bosch to Nagasaki by bus or train. Hotel JAL City Nagasaki is located in Shin- chi Chinatown. Check in early so that you have plenty of time to go sightseeing. Dejima and the Shianbashi district are close by. And many other spots of interest are within walking distance.
When the sun dips to the west, climb up to the top of Mt. Inasa. The spectacular view of faraway mountains and islands is a fitting ending to your Kyushu tour.