This is one of Japan’s top 100 spectacular waterfalls situated in the center of Miyazaki prefecture. The water falls from a height of 73m and is a sight to behold. It is said that emperor神武 sharpened arrows under the waterfall, and it is from this that the waterfall takes its name, which literally translates to “arrow sharpening waterfall”.
This is a canyon of the Gokase River, located at the prefectural border of Miyazaki and Kumamoto. A cliff that reaches 80-100 meters high continues over into the distance for 7 km. It is a mystery of nature formed by the large eruption of Mount Aso. It is the land of "Tenson Korin" (who is believed to be a descendent of the grandson of the great God Amaterasu, Ninigi). Boat trips are also popular in this area.
This is a shrine with an unknown date of construction, with the shrine deities being the Izanagi no Kami (Male God) and Izanami no Kami (Goddess), and the Iwagimi Shogunate. There is a mysterious path up to the shrine of 260 steps, at the top of which is situated the shrine. It is said that the sacred Nageia tree brings fortune in love with the, Ugeto rock bringing fortune for success. Because it became the stage of animation "It is also the setting for the anime "Hotarubi no Mori e", and many fans make the trip here to see the original setting in the flesh.
This is an active volcano situated in the Aso region of Kumamoto prefecture, where plumes of smoke can still be seen. An eruption from around 90,000 years ago formed the largest caldera rock formation of 380 square kilometers, which provides stunning views. At the foot of the mountain, there are camp facilities, as well as horse riding and star gazing which can be enjoyed by visitors.
This is an onsen in the northern part of Mount Aso. It is one of the most well recognized Onsen areas, with 2 stars from the Michelin tourism guide. It was built with the concept of the town roads being a "corridor" with each guest inn as a "room", and was built whilst maintaining integration with the natural surroundings. It is popular for those visiting several different Onsen.
This is a hot spring bath in Beppu City. It has 1300 years of history, and boasts the highest volume of natural hot spring water in Japan. It was built around the 8 Onsen towns known as the "8 baths", and due to the sulphuric smells, it has a famous "Beppu hell tour" with the "water hell", "blood pond hell", "white pond hell" and "tornado hell". There are also plenty of sand baths and bedrock baths.
This is an Onsen close to Kinrin Pond, which is at the foot of Mount Yufu. The volume of hot spring water is the second largest in Japan. It has the distinct characteristic of having numerous luxury traditional Japanese lodgings which are integrated into the natural surroundings with the minimum of disturbance. The central Yufu street in this area has many fashionable miscellaneous goods shops, and restaurants, making it popular with visitors young and old.
This is a 1583m high active volcano in Yufu city. Due to its resemblance to Mount Fuji, it is sometimes called the "Bungo Fuji". It has been historically known as a site of worship and object of reverence, and also appears as a holy mountain in the "Kojiki" anthology. It is ideal for those who don't wish to climb the mountain as well as the railway is also popular with train enthusiasts, with the route having amazing scenery of Mount Yufu in its backdrop.
This is a hot spring in Unzen city, built in 701 AD. From the Edo era(1603-1868) up until the Meiji era(1868-1912), it developed as a resort area for many foreigners who visited Nagasaki, with Sea Bolt being one of the first. The 30 Onsen have the smell of the naturally occurring sulphur and smoke, known as the "Unzen hell". It also has a sad history of being witness to Christian martyrdom.
This is a cape area at the Sada peninsula in Ehime prefecture. At the tip is situated the lighthouse (height - 18m, light extension range 49 meters), and on a clear day, visitors can view Beppu and Kyushu from afar. This area was also a military base during the war, and remains that evidence this can be seen in this area.
This is one of Japan's three most famous castles, built in 1607 by Kato Kiyomasa. The castle is famous for being the place where Miyamoto Musashi, the most famous Japanese sword warrior and author of the martial art "book of five rings" spent his later years, as well as being the scene to the Southwestern War, the final civil war in Japanese history. The main hall known as the "Shokun no Ma" represents the grandiose and opulent Daimyo culture. The castle was damaged by the Kumamoto earthquake of 2016, but has been restored.
This is a coastal area in southern Miyazaki prefecture. It is known as one of the greatest drive and touring routes along the Auto Route 220. With the spectacular coastal view by one's side while driving, visiting drivers can enjoy driving along the curves of the natural coastline. The nearby Aoshima Beach is also a popular surfing spot for beginners and pros alike.