Although I've been in Japan for years, I never had a chance to visit Kyushu until this recent trip. It was a nice escape from our robotic life in Tokyo. We flew into Nagasaki, then proceeded to Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo. From there we drove to Kikuchi onsen in Kumamoto and stayed overnight for a treat. The next day was a long drive from Kumamoto to Kuju in Oita, we passed thru Mt. Aso with a stunning view and reached Takachiho in Miyazaki. We covered a lot of grounds within three days, thanks Karens for her planning and arrangement! Driving around beautiful scenery, going to an onsen and having great local food are a treat in Kyushu, there is nothing else anyone should need!

Bonus: If you are brave enough, try basashi (raw horse sashimi), a delicate cuisine in Kyushu.

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  Two colonial ladies walking at Glover Garden, nice time slip.

Two colonial ladies walking at Glover Garden, nice time slip.

  Nagasaki used to have a large Christian population and was once the center of Japanese Catholicism.

Nagasaki used to have a large Christian population and was once the center of Japanese Catholicism.

  There are impressive illuminations everywhere in Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki

There are impressive illuminations everywhere in Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki

  Rose Festival at Huis Ten Bosch, Sasebo, Nagasaki

Rose Festival at Huis Ten Bosch, Sasebo, Nagasaki

  Kikuchi onsen area, Matsumoto

Kikuchi onsen area, Matsumoto

  Karens enjoying her fresh air at a flower park in Kuju, Oita

Karens enjoying her fresh air at a flower park in Kuju, Oita

  The mighty Takachiho in Miyazaki, get there before 4PM to rent a row boat!

The mighty Takachiho in Miyazaki, get there before 4PM to rent a row boat!

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