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Chuhai, lemon sour, umeshu … one thing ties all of these drinks together, and it isn’t merely their prevalence in Japan. Rather, they are all made with shochu, arguably Japan’s true national…

Hundreds of verdant islands dotted across a bay of bright blue, shimmering waters as far as the eye can see… no, this isn’t some distant tropical paradise we’re talking about; it’s Kyushu’s…

Fukuoka is famous across Japan for one specific type of noodles: tonkotsu ramen, or ramen made with a pork bone-based broth. With hundreds of ramen shops dotted around the city, it’s hard…

Fukuoka’s best-known export abroad may be tonkotsu ramen, but the city is also famous within Japan for a few other dishes. One of these is mentaiko, or spicy cod roe, an ingredient…

Kyushu’s largest city, Fukuoka, is blessed with a seaside location and plentiful waterways, which means that besides regular sightseeing on land, there’s also a local alternative: seeing the city from the water.…

Located roughly midway between Fukuoka and Oita is Sanso Tensui, a serene yet welcoming onsen ryokan. With several outdoor baths, impeccably prepared kaiseki cuisine and luxurious rooms to play with, there’s enough…

Karatsu in Kyushu may be a little off the beaten track for foreigners, but it has enough sightseeing spots to keep you busy. That includes the former residence of Koreyoshi Takatori (1850-1927), a coal baron who did rather well for himself at the start of the Meiji Period, which was a time of great cultural exchange. A highlight of this unique mansion is the noh stage, an extravagant structure used to entertain guests – sometimes with Koreyoshi's own performances. The building not only conveys the splendor of what was considered modern Japanese architecture at the time it was built, but also tells us a lot about the man known as “Hizen’s king of the coal mine,” Hizen being the old name for the district. [caption id="attachment_147045" align="alignleft" width="1363"] One of the rooms in Koreyoshi Takatori's former residence, used for noh performances[/caption] Another local hotspot is the Nanatsugama caves, which have been designated as a National Natural Monument. The seven caves were pounded and carved into their current state by strong waves. They vary in size with the largest having a mere three-meter-wide mouth but a depth of 110m. Take a closer look with a boat ride if the waters are calm, or stay safely on the shore and admire the caves from above. The stunning scenery is enough to make you contemplate the strength of Mother Nature. For more info, go to www.city.karatsu.lg.jp Sponsored Post DISCOVER KYUSHU BY TRAIN Buy the JR Kyushu – All Kyushu JR Pass For an extra 5% off use our coupon code TOKYOWEEKENDER during check-out. [/su_column][/su_row]

Chuhai, hoppy, lemon sour, umeshu… one thing ties all of these drinks together, and it isn’t merely their prevalence in Japan. Rather, they are all made with shochu, arguably Japan’s true national…