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Kyushu and Okinawa

Glorious beaches and pristine coral reels, vibrant cities, active volcanoes and bubbling hot springs await on the southernmost islands of the Japanese archipelago. 

Separated from Japan’s main island of Honshu by a narrow channel, Kyushu island blends Japanese modernity with easy-going lifestyles amid dramatic coastal and mountain landscapes. For a great introduction to Kyushu, visit Fukuoka, which has beaches, temples, slick shopping malls, seafood and ramen restaurants. In the Saga Prefecture, rice fields tumble down to coastal villages and Arita and Imari are famous for porcelain wares.

Often remembered for the World War II nuclear bombings, Nagasaki is a doorway to the tranquil Goto Islands. Travel to Kyushu’s eastern coastline to hike to waterfalls and around volcanic craters in the Miyazaki Prefecture. The beaches of Nichinan have some of the country’s best surf breaks. North of here, Oita is home to the jaw-dropping Yabakei Gorge and onsen (hot spring) resorts such as Beppu.

Pass by Kumamoto to visit the 17th-century Kumamoto Castle on your way to the southern seaside city of Kagoshima. Follow trails through lava fields at the base of Mount Sakurajima and then board a boat bound for the Okinawa Prefecture.

Some 160 tropical islands make up the Okinawa archipelago, an area once ruled by the Ryukyu Kingdom. Learn about this empire and Okinawa culture at Ryukyu Mura theme park, on Okinawa Island. Naha, the prefectural capital, has thriving artisan quarters and the mile-long Kokusaidori dining and retail district. Visit Nago for fruit-themed amusement parks and Okinawa City for family-friendly beaches.

Don’t miss up-close views of exotic marine life from the underground observatory at Busena Marine Park. Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is one of the world’s largest aquariums. Stroll amid a primeval forest and limestone caves at the Valley of Gangala.

White-sand beaches set between sparkling blue waters and forested hillsides characterize Okinawa’s islands. Join whale-watching tours on Zamami Island. Escape the crowds at Hatenohama Beach and admire heart-shaped rocks on Kouri Island. Superb snorkeling and scuba diving awaits at Iriomote Island and Ishigaki Island.

Fukuoka and Naha are the main flight hubs for Kyushu and Okinawa, respectively. Use a reliable network of buses, ferries and trains to get around this beguilingly diverse region.

Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in Kyushu and Okinawa?

A: If you're eager to explore the delights of the region of Fukuoka, renting a car is a terrific idea. You'll have the freedom and flexibility to go wherever you want, when you want. With our handy guide to Cheap Car Hire in Kyushu and Okinawa, you'll be tearing down the highway in next to no time. If your vacation's more about enjoying the cities of Kitakyushu or Kumamoto, public transportation (or ride-sharing) is the perfect way to go.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to Kyushu and Okinawa?

A: While Kyushu and Okinawa has a number of different airports, most international flights touchdown at one of these major terminals:

  • Fukuoka (FUK): 1,660 international flights per month.
  • Naha (OKA): 850 international flights per month.
  • Kagoshima (KOJ): 102 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to Kyushu and Okinawa?

A: Kyushu and Okinawa has no shortage of excellent accommodations. Hotels are a reliable option. Apartments, private vacation homes and ryokans also offer great alternatives.

Q: What does a Kyushu and Okinawa vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: You can start off by securing your car, flight and hotel. Lock in as much or as little as you like. Next comes the more exciting stuff — booking awesome activities and epic adventures. With loads of terrific options to choose from, organizing your upcoming getaway in Kyushu and Okinawa will be a breeze.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to Kyushu and Okinawa?

A: You'll score some fantastic bargains if you combine your Flights, Hotels and Activities. It's straightforward (and easy on your budget) to create your ideal itinerary with a little help from Expedia. Why wait? It's time to turn those travel daydreams into reality and explore more of our amazing planet for less.

Q: What are the best things to do in Kyushu and Okinawa?

A: First stop, Kitakyushu. Start your vacation with a trip to well-known attractions like Mojiko Retro, Kokura Castle and West Japan General Exhibition Center.

If you're heading to Kumamoto, Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto City Hall and Aqua Dome Kumamoto are worth checking out.

Lastly, if Kagoshima is the only place you're stopping this time around, allow time to pay a visit to Mount Sakurajima, Kagoshima Citizens' Culture Hall and Kagoshima Arena.

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