|Capital City: Tokyo, Main Cities: Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Kyoto,
Population: 125,422,000 Area [sq.km]: 377,800
Currency: 1 Yen, Languages: Japanese, Religions: Shinto, Buddhist, Christian
Kyushu means "nine states" in Japanese and actually has nine prefectures.
Shikoku is a county of four regions or prefectures.
|Huis Ten Bosch, old good days of Europe. Feel Europe in Japan. Relax in this theme park as in Netherlands. It locates near Nagasaki. Enjoy relaxing in the park. 2001/11/26||Glover Garden in Nagasaki is famous exotic spot. 1.3 million visitors a year. Englishman Glover came to Nagasaki in 1859 and ran trading company, contributed Japan's modernization. 2001/11/24|
|Shurijo has been the Castle of Ryukyu Kingdom for 500 years. Restored and appointed as World Heritage in 1992. Ryukyus has been an independent Kingdom and had close relation with China, Korea and Japan. 2002/10/19||Urakami Cathedral and Peace Park in Nagasaki, Nagasaki nowadays is a good sightseeing spot in Kyushu. Urakami District is called "Love and Peace Zone." 2001/11/25|
|Clay figure "Shisa" guard Okinawa. Naha City MACHIGUWA means market in Okinawa dialect, ICHIBA is standard Japanese. Okinawa has its own culture like language. 2002/10/19||Illuminated Nagasaki at night. There are two types of lights. One is China Town's bright Empire red. The other is gentle light like at Eyeglass bridge. 2001/11/25|
|Hot spring town, YUFUIN Traditional hot spring town targets at matured generation. But YUFUIN aims at young generation. There are many sophisticated store for them. 2003/11/29||Beautiful Japanese Zen garden, Komyo-zenji Temple in Fukuoka. Gravels represent sea and moss is continent. It is the world of illusion, but reality. I like this kind of scenery and space. 2000/08/14|
|Uncanny Takachiho Gorge Cliff of sheer columnar joint was made by lava's in Mt. Aso being rapidly cooled in Gokase river. Dropping from waterfall and V shaped rock create mysterious scenery. 2007/04/21||Tropical Island Okinawa's beautiful flower, orchid. Orchid is a national flower of Thailand. See many orchid in Bangkok Airport. Okinawa is No.1 producer of orchid in Japan. 2002/10/19|
|Historic Takachiho Shrine Shogunate Minamoto donated cedar tree 800 years ago. Main shrine was rebuilt in 1778. Traditional night shrine dances are played 4 scenes out of 33. 2007/04/21||Pillar-shaped coast Hyuga 70m Cliff towers vertically in both shores on the seawater road. When magma invaded 15 million years ago, getting cold, hardening, the pillar-shaped rock was made. 2007/04/21|
|Kokura Castle in a downtown was constructed by Tadaoki Hosokawa and Ogasawara family has been the load for 234 years. A lively downtown is next to the moat and interesting comparison with Edo period. 2005/05/14||Moji harbor retrospective town Moji harbor opened in 1889 and became base of continental trade. Six million passengers a year have passed there in the best days. Retrospective town attracts today. 2005/05/14|
|Ritsurin Park, comprising 6 ponds and 13 hills against deep greenery of Mt. Shiun, reminds us of traditional Japanese paintings. Masterpiece of Japanese garden, 370 years ago. 2006/05/07||Soseki Natsume, Dogo Hot Spring, Matsuyama Castle, can be seen by walking. 2006/05/07|