Travel Section: Touring Kyushu - Part 1 -
Fukuoka and Nagasaki
A journey that will make you feel comfortable and not to be bound to schedule.
We offer a variety of accommodation plans to those ideas.
Experience your summer fun in Kyushu.
To Hakata’s spectacular center
When men start walking the streets of Hakata in traditional Happi coats, summer has arrived in the city. Happi are proper attire for Hakata Gion Yamakasa, a festival with a history of over 770 years. While the annual event takes place on July 1 – 15, the entire city takes on a festive atmosphere from June.
The festival features 1-ton floats that are raced through the city on the final day. Hotel Okura Fukuoka is located across the street from the goal. Rooms on the north side, which offer the best views of the race, are so popular they are fully booked by early spring each year.
The festival’s end heralds the start of high summer in Hakata. The city is at its most pleasant in the evenings, when the air is cooler. Enjoy a musical at the Hakataza the- ater next to the hotel. Or wander down for snacks at street-side vendors for which the city is famous.
When you’ve returned to the hotel, have a glass of delicious craft beer brewed at the hotel.
Beautiful night view & locally-made crafts
Hakata offers many great spots for enjoying the city’s spectacular night lights. The best place to stay for visiting many of the scenic sites is Hotel Nikko Fukuoka, which requires only a three-minute walk from JR Hakata station. The Fukuoka Tower, chosen as one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful night view spots, is only about 20 minutes from the hotel by taxi.
After checking in, refresh yourself at the Fitness Club. Enjoy a leisurely meal of local dishes at Japanese restaurant Benkay before setting out for some sightseeing. If you‘re interested in locally-made crafts, visit the Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum. Conspicuous among the many exhibits are the Hakata dolls, traditional ceramic figurines notable for their subtle coloring and finely carved details. They represent the unique aesthetics of Japan and as such are very popular souvenir items.
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.