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Explore Japan: Kyushu

Kyushu is Japan's third largest island, situated in the southwest of the major island Honshu. An early center of Japanese civilization, Kyushu provides several historic treasures, modern cities and natural elegance. There are several other evidences of tectonic activity, inclusive numerous areas of hot springs. The most popular of these are in Beppu, on the east shore, and around Mt. Aso, in central Kyushu.

The climate is a little bit warmer and more tropical than Honshu, and the southern and Eastern coasts are generally affected by typhoons each year. The area is particularly mountainous with very fecund valleys much like the rest of Japan, except for the wide plain area at the top of the island - the location of the largest city area of Fukuoka and Kitakyushu.

Visitors to Kyushu coming from Honshu by train will most likely arrive at Hakata/Fukuoka, the island's main hub. Kyushu's most popular city for foreign visitors is likely Nagasaki, due to the dropping of the second atomic bomb in human history on 9 August 1945. There is much more to it than that, though.

One of Kyushu most genuine and controversial destination is Beppu, a hot-spring town famous for its "Hells" as much as for bathing.

History buffs will perceive the castle town of Kumamoto as well as Kagoshima, home to many of the Satsuma samurai that brought the Tokugawa shogunate to its demise.

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