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About Kyushu

There is magic in the landscape of Kyushu. Japan's southern and westernmost island, she is by far the most enduringly beautiful: with active volcanoes, near-tropical coastline, rolling green hills and mountainsides carpeted pink with the petals of rhododendrons. There is an enchanting air to the region. Ideal for a hiking holiday or a chance to soak up Japanese culture, Kyushu offers an enormous variety of things to do for the intrepid traveller. Whether you're participating in a traditional tea ceremony, spotting monkeys along the Nichinan Coast, exploring ancient fortresses and temples, hiking in the Kuju Mountains or bathing in the Ibusuki Hot Springs, you will find yourself lost in a different world. The best places to stay in Kyushu will make you want to stay forever!

Kyushu was where it all began for Japan. Excavations near Kagoshima confirm that Jomon culture started spreading north from Japan's southermost island roughly 10,000 years ago. Japan's trade with China also began in Kyushu, highlighting her integral place in Japanese history. One of the luminaries of the Meiji Restoration was from Kyushu - Saigo Takamori - the subject of the film The Last Samurai, but it was during the last century that Kyushu earned a tragic place in history, when Nagasaki became the second victim of the atom bomb.

So, if you're a history lover, Kyushu is the place for you. The region is peppered with 16th century fortresses and ancient temples. Kumamoto Castle, for instance, is considered to be one of Japan's greatest castles, known for the cherry blossom that garlands her battlements. As for temples and shrines, you are spoilt for choice: the Fuki-ji Temple in the Oita prefecture, a national treasure of Japan, was originally built 1300 years ago, and looks beautiful in the autumn when the ground bristles with gold and red leaves. The same can be said of the Takachiho Shrine in Miyazaki.

It is surely the landscape of Kyushu that makes her the envy of Japan. The Kuju Mountains in Oita bloom pink with rhododendrons - a stunning sight to see - and are ideal for hiking while the near-tropical coastline of Nichinan is peopled with monkeys, making for a fascinating (and entertaining) excursion. During autumn, Kyushu's many gardens bloom bright with red and gold leaves and are wonderful to visit. Kiyomizuyama, one of Japan's greatest walking spots, is one such example, but the beautiful garden of Suizen-ji Joju-en is the place to visit for a gentle stroll. Located in the Kumamoto prefecture, her gentle hills and interlinking ponds are the definition of idyllic. Due to the active volcanic activity on the island, Kyushu is home to many hot springs, or "onsen", like that of Ibusuki - a tourist hotspot.

Where to stay - which city/region?

Unless you're in one of Kyushu's bustling urban centres like Fukuoka or Nagasaki, you will find yourself submerged in a different world.

Rural Kyushu

In the townships and villages lying scattered across the lush mountains and gentle green hills, are remnants of feudal Japan still very much alive today. In places like Izumi you can attend tea-making ceremonies while wearing the traditional kimono gown and learn about the ancestral customs of the region. Saga, a small and rustic province, is home to Japan's finest pottery industry, and is well worth checking out. Indeed, many natives of Honshu, on the main island of Japan, find themselves in a different world when in Kyushu: locals speak a curious mix of dialects near-incomprehensible to standard Japanese!

Fukuoka

Fukuoka lies at the very end of the bullet train line, and really is off most tourist radars. It's actually closer to Shanghai than it is to Tokyo! But if you're interested in your food, then you must visit this city. It is home to tonkotsu ramen, and the iconic yatai street stalls. Plus there's a wide range of superb fine dining restaurants. It's also a great destination if you want to experience Japanese festivals - the calendar is packed year round with celebrations for all.

Nagasaki

Nagasaki may be know to most due to its devastation at the end of WWII, but nowadays it's a thriving port city. But there is loads to do here for both culture vultures and active types. Nagasaki is full of UNESCO sites, plus there's the Peace Park and the unmissable views from the top of Mount Inasa (go up a night and watch the city twinkling in the darkness below).

Kumamoto

Kumamoto has a reputation for being extremely friendly. It has lots of beautiful architecture and castles (including Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan's most famous), and the Suizen-ji Joju-en Garden, which dates back to 1636, should not be missed.

Beppu

Beppu is a town on Kyushu's Eastern coast and it is one of Japan's most famous hot springs resorts, with over a hundred (almost all the ryokans and hotels will provide access to one for their guests). Beppu park is also a great place to come and admire the cherry blossom from March to Mid April.

What Not to miss

  • Don a kimono and take part in a traditional tea ceremony in Izumi!
  • Visit the Fuki-ji Temple in autumn, a site originally built over 1300 years ago, and admire the ancient beauty of the place.
  • Hike the Kuju Mountains in Oita and drink in the perfect views of the valleys that lie lush and pink with the petals of rhododendrons.
  • Take in the scenery at Suizen-ji Joju-en, a beautiful garden of gentle hills and ponds, in the Kumamoto prefecture.
  • Soak in the hot springs and sand baths of Ibusuki!
  • Visit Kumamoto Castle, a fine 16th century fortress and one of the greatest castles in Japan, famous for the white cherry blossom that garlands the battlements.

Kyushu teems with activity and blossoms with beauty all-year-round. Whether you're strolling through flowering gardens, hiking verdant mountains, exploring medieval castles or bathing in bubbling hot springs, you will find yourself lost in tranquility. Our collection of the best places to stay in Kyushu will leave you breathless.

The best places to stay in Kyushu

Nagasaki

  • JR Kyushu Hotel is situated right next to the main railway station so is an ideal base if you're touring further afield. It offers western style accommodation with a Japanese feel to the decor, and it's excellent value for money.
  • Hotel Monterey has been decorated to evoke a Portuguese palace (a nod to the city's overseas connections), and it provides elegant interiors and a good Italian restaurant.
  • Hotel New is also next to the railway station but this 183 room property is a more upscale affair. It offers both Japanese and Western style accommodation, plus there are three excellent restaurants to choose from.

Fukuoka

  • Hotel Il Palazzo is a trendy boutique property in the heart of the city. Come here for moody interiors, glamorous evening spaces and good restaurant.
  • Another boutique pick is With The Style, a smart 16 room property. Contemporary rooms feature bold works of art, all have luxury bathrooms and the best come with a private terrace.

Kumamoto

  • For an authentic experience book the Maruko Hotel in the centre of town. You'll find roll down futons, tatami mats, floor level dining tables and hot spring baths.
  • Kumamoto Hotel Castle is a large property also in a good central location. Rooms are contemporary in style and boast floor to ceiling window for maximum views of the castle.

Beppu

  • Kappo Ryokan Sennari is a tradtional Japanese inn in a central location. Interiors are classic with tatami mats, paper shutters and wicker chairs, plus there's a hot spring bath in the garden and an excellent restaurant.
  • Hotel Umine is situated on Beppu's seafront and offers the option of either Japanese or Western accommodation accompanied by great sea views.

Value chic

  • Hotel Nikko Kumamoto: chic and centrally located in Kumamoto, this hotel offers a gourmet restaurant, 191 elegant rooms and gorgeous views.
  • Azumaen Ryokan: breathtakingly beautiful location on the banks of Lake Oshidori, a traditional Japanese ryokan (inn) offering 27 charming rooms. Top quality rural getaway!

Rural retreat

  • Unzen Kanko Hotel: wrapped in the arms of nature, the hotel is set within a historic building - a throwback to another era - offering 39 stylish rooms and two restaurants. Divine!
  • Ryokan Sanga: in a beautiful forest at the source of two hot springs, a traditional hotel offering 15 classically Japanese rooms. Ideal for a spa break or a romantic getaway.
  • Kuokawa Onsen Oku No Yu: the perfect place to unwind, the hotel nestles hidden in the belly of a forest just beside the Tanohara River. Relax in the hot springs or go for a swim in the indoor pool. The rooms are of a light and minimalist design.

Barefoot luxury

  • Miyama Sansou: the perfect countryside hideaway, in an utterly enchanting location. Built to resemble a small village, the individual cottages have a chic and minimalist design. Epic views, natural hot spring tubs, paper shutters.
  • Tenku no Mori: a self-sufficient hotel in a forest overlooking the Kagoshima Mountains, offering spacious and minimalist wooden villas with superb views.

For an apartment or villa

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of villas and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • The summers can be hot and humid, with temperatures reaching well above 35 degrees. The best time to go is during the autumn, when you miss the monsoons and can enjoy the rare and gorgeous colours of nature, the temperature darting between 28 and 18 degrees.
  • Fly to either Fukuoka, Nagasaki or Kumamoto.
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Kyushu

  • Jr Kyushu Hotel Nagasaki Nagasaki (Nagasaki-shi) 144 rooms from £60

    A smart hotel conveniently located next to JR Nagasaki Station. Light and airy rooms feature soft hues, crisp white linen and simple dark wooden furniture. Find efficient service and massages on arrangement. With easy access to the city this is an ideal property for both business and leisure.

    Value chic  -  A sophisticated hotel boasting a central location all offered at a very reasonable rate.
    Sights nearby  -  Climb the 277 steps leading up to the Suwa Shrine.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the scenic Heiwa Park.
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  • Soyotei Kumage-gun, Yakushima 10 rooms from £97

    Boasting a seafront location on Yakushima Island, Soyotei offers traditional Japanese style accommodation. Be sure to enjoy their exquisite meals made using local seafood! Unwind in the beautiful outdoor bath or chill in the hammock. Family rooms available. An utterly rejuvenating coastal stay!

    Beach Life  -  This property enjoys a beachfront location so spend your days lounging by the seaside!
    Total relaxation  -  A peaceful atmosphere, splendid views and great cuisine
    Great walks  -  Wander down the beach at sunset taking in the absolutely stunning views or head off on the Jomon Sugi trek
    Sights nearby  -  The whole island of Yakushima is a World Heritge Site so be sure to explore its full beauty!
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  • Maruko Hotel Kumamoto 46 rooms from £97

    A traditional Japanese hotel located in the centre of the city. Classically styled rooms include roll down futons, tatami mats, floor level dining tables and little else. A number of hot spring baths are utterly spoiling to unwind in after a day spent exploring the city. Charming.

    Local exploring  -  A hotel offering an authentic Japanese experience and a central city location.
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from the impressive Kumamoto Castle.
    Great walks  -  Wander through the picturesque Suizen-ji Garden.
    Full of character
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  • Azumaen Ryokan Unzen (Nagasaki-ken) 27 rooms from £98

    Azumaen Ryokan boasts a spectacular location on the banks of Lake Oshidori. The property offers accommodation featuring traditional tatami (woven-straw) flooring and either Western style or Japanese futon beds. Take stock of the spectacular views as you relax in their onsens! A top quality retreat.

    Sights nearby  -  Check out the magnificent Unzen Hot Spring or head to the historic Manmyoji Temple
    Back to Nature  -  Azumaen Ryokan enjoys a stunningly beautiful rural location
    Great walks  -  Head off on wonderful hikes around Unzen National Park
    Traditional  -  This hotel is a ryokan - traditional Japanese Inn.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
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  • Hotel Nikko Kumamoto Kumamoto 191 rooms from £98

    A centrally located hotel boasting epic views of Kumamoto Castle. An impressive collection of restaurants serve up gourmet cuisine. Rooms are elegant with crisp white linen, nuetral tones and simple dark wooden furniture. With efficient service and a great locality this is an ideal city base.

    Local exploring  -  A chic, centrally located, property close to many of the city's attractions.
    Sights nearby  -  Just a 10 minute walk from the impressive Kumamoto Castle.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the scenic Suizenji Park.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Hotel Nikko Huid Ten Bosch Nagasaki (Sasebo) 388 rooms from £103

    A grand hotel located at the gates of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park. Elegant rooms are western in style with sash windows, chintz curtains and simple wooden furniture. Dine in the choice selection of restaurants and spend evenings with microphone in hand at the karaoke bar. Perfect for families.

    Families  -  The location within the Huis Ten Bosch theme park makes this ideal for family holidays.
    Sights nearby  -  Embark on the hotel's city guided tour visiting numerous historical sights.
    Full of character
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  • Yamada Bessou Beppu 11 rooms from £104

    A traditional Ryokan situated in picturesque gardens. Rooms are spacious with light wooden floors, tatami matting, paper shutters and roll down futons. The guesthouse chef serves up exemplary regional dishes and there's private and communal hot spring baths. A truly authentic stay.

    Total relaxation  -  A tranquil property set in pretty gardens in a city known for its healing Onsens (hot spring baths).
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the 'hells of Beppu' (strikingly coloured springs).
    Full of character
    Traditional
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  • Unzen Fukudaya Unzen (Unzen-shi) 41 rooms from £118

    Unzen Fukudaya is located a few miles outside Unzen, just a short distance from the National Park. This ryokan offers smart traditional accommodation and you can choose between rooms with Western beds or Japanese futon bedding. Cosy communal areas complete with wood-burning stoves.

    Foodies  -  Unzen Fukudaya's restaurant serves up splendid kaiseki cuisine
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in the public baths or treat yourself to a massage!
    Sights nearby  -  The magnificent Unzen Hot Spring is definitely worth a visit.
    Great walks  -  Head off on stunning hikes around Unzen National Park
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  • Kumamoto Hotel Castle Kumamoto 179 rooms from £119

    An elegant hotel situated in the heart of Kumamoto. Stylish rooms are contemporary in style with floor to ceiling windows, crisp white linen, luxury bathrooms and the best boast views of Kumamoto Castle. A range of regional and international dishes are served up in the restaurant. A chic city base.

    Local exploring  -  Boasting a central location and excellent transport links.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the picturesque Suizenji Garden.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the mighty Kumamoto Castle.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Kappo Ryokan Sennari Beppu (Oita) 8 rooms from £122

    A traditional Japanese inn located in central Beppu. Classically designed rooms feature paper shutters, tatami mats, floor level dining and wicker chairs. The restaurant specialises in seafood and within the tranquil gardens there's a hot water spring bath for post exploration relaxing. Charming.

    Local exploring  -  Ideally positioned, in a very central location, to explore the city.
    Great walks  -  Climb up Mount Tsurumi and enjoy the views from the top.
    Full of character
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  • Rihga Royal Kokura Kyushu Fukuoka (Kitakyushu) 295 rooms from £134

    A sleek high-rise hotel boasting sweeping views across the city. Smart rooms are simply dressed with crisp white linen, soft hues and large windows. Two top floor restaurants offer Chinese and Japanese cuisine. A spoiling spa and gym are utterly spoiling after a day exploring the city.

    City Style  -  A luxury hotel located on the 14th-20th floors and boasting epic city views.
    Local markets  -  Wander through the Yanagibashi market and sample the regional flavours.
    Sights nearby  -  Situated just 2.2 km from the impressive Kokura Castle.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool.
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  • Hakusuikan Ryokan Ibusuki City, Kyushu 205 rooms from £135

    Enjoying a superb location overlooking Kagoshima Bay, Hakusaikan Ryokan is situated on Ibusuki's coast. Traditional Japanese accommodation (tatami woven-straw flooring and futon bedding) offered. Unwind and heal in a variety of baths and onsens! Head off exploring the city. A truly top-notch spot!

    City Style  -  Located just ten minutes from Ibusuki's train station, Hakusuikan Ryokan is the idela spot from which to get to know the city
    Foodies  -  Enjoy excellent meals at each of their 6 on-site restaurants!
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind with one of the hotel's extensive spa treatment
    Great walks  -  Meander around the garden or head along the coast at sunset and take in the beautiful views
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
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  • Watermark Hotel Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch Nagasaki (Sasebo,) 228 rooms from £138

    A grand hotel situated within the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park and featuring European inspired architecture. Spacious rooms are light and airy with large sash windows, warm yellow hues and elegant wooden furniture. Sip cocktails in the marina facing bar and feast on regional dishes. Ideal for families.

    Families  -  Situated within Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park, ideal for holidays with children.
    Great walks  -  Take a sunset stroll along the oceanfront.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Hotel Monterey Nagasaki Nagasaki 123 rooms from £142

    A stylish remnant of the city's Portuguese connections. An elegant lobby complete with black and white tiled flooring and heavy antique furniture set the tone. Boasting a central patio and glamorous Italian restaurant. A charming base for exploring the city.

    City Style  -  An elegant property reminiscent of a Portuguese palace.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the Urakami Cathedral, dating back from the beginning of the 20th century.
    Great walks  -  Wander through the picturesque hillside Glavor Garden.
    Full of character
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  • Kuokawa Onsen Oku No Yu Kumamoto, Kyushu 26 rooms from £157

    A tranquil haven hidden in thick forest, situated besides the Tanohara River. Interiors are traditional and minimalist; think paper shutters, tatami mats and plenty of light wood. Boasting an indoor pool and healing hot water spring baths. The perfect spot to completely unwind amongst nature.

    Total relaxation  -  A rural haven situated in the Kurokawa Onsen hot spring area.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the impressive Nabegataki Waterfall.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool.
    Full of character
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  • Sozankyo Aso City, Kyushu 22 rooms from £165

    A luxury ryokan situated in the Aso Uchimaki Onsen Hot Spring Area. Traditionally designed throughout with floor level in-room dining, tatami mats and paper shutters. Boasting both indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, exemplary service and noteworthy regional cuisine. An utterly relaxing stay.

    Total relaxation  -  A blissful property set in tranquil gardens and boasting both inside and outside onsens.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Traditional
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  • Yamamizuki Kumamoto, Kyushu 7 rooms from £130

    A charming traditional property set in picturesque wood thats colours change with the seasons. Rooms are Classically Japanese with tatami mats, floor level dining, futon beds and paper shutters. Numerous hot spring baths are utterly spoiling and the regional cuisine superb. A tranquil escape.

    Total relaxation  -  Set amidst a picturesque forest and boasting numerous healing hot spring baths.
    Sights nearby  -  Just 20 minutes from the scenic Nabegataki Waterfall.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Full of character
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  • Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk Fukuoka (CHUO-KU, JA) 1053 rooms from £168

    A luxury hotel boasting an enviable city centre location with oceanfront views. Contemporary rooms are minimalist in style with plenty of glass, crisp white linen, luxurious bathrooms and the best have hot tubs. Find efficient service and boundless facilities. Ideal for both business and leisure.

    Local exploring  -  Boasting a prime oceanfront location, adjacent to Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome, and with many other attractions within walking distance.
    Great walks  -  Take a gentle stoll along the seashore.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Spa
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  • Umikaoru Yado Hotel New Matsumi Beppu (Oita) 35 rooms from £180

    A traditional Japanese hotel boasting an enviable location in the heart of Beppu. Classically designed rooms feature tatami mats, paper shutters and futon beds. An outdoor Onsen will ease any aches and pains post a days exploring. Regional dishes are served in the restaurant. An authentic stay.

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located to Beppu's main attractions.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the ancient stone Buddha Usaki.
    Traditional
    Full of character
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  • Hotel New Nagasaki Nagasaki (Daikoku-machi) 153 rooms from £186

    A sleek hotel well positioned next to the JR Nagasaki Train Station. Offering both contemporary western rooms and atmospheric Japanese style rooms. Dine on superlative Chinese, Japanese or continental cuisine at the three elegant restaurants. An ideal base for both business or leisure.

    Local exploring  -  With excellent transport links this hotel is an ideal base for exploring the city.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the hillside Clover Gardens.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Hotel Umine Beppu (Beppu-shi, Ōita-ken) 20 rooms from £186

    Hotel Umine is located along the coast of Beppu. This sleek spot offers a variety of smart accommodation in either the Western or traditionally Japanese style (think futon bedding and onsen baths). Relax on the terrace after a day out sightseeing and take in the sea views. A splendid city stay.

    Local exploring  -  Hotel Umine's central location is the ideal choice for those wanting to explore Beppu
    Sights nearby  -  Head over to the Hells of Beppu spring baths or check out Yukemori Observatory
    Great walks  -  Head off hiking around the nearby Mount Tsurumi
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Shiosai No Yado Seikai Ryokan Beppu (Oita) 46 rooms from £194

    A sleek luxury property overlooking the ocean. Contemporary rooms feature floor to ceiling windows, enormous terraces and the best boast hot tubs. The design perfectly mixes traditional Japanese with contemporary styles. An elegant restaurant serves up exemplary regional dishes. Fabulous.

    Total relaxation  -  Offering both hot spring baths and a spa salon this luxury propety is the perfect spot for some city rest and recuperation.
    Local exploring  -  Well located to access the city's attractions.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the 'hells of Beppu' also known as Beppu's natural hot water springs.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Hotel Il Palazzo Fukuoka 62 rooms from £223

    A glitzy hotel located in the heart of Fukuoka. Moody lounges and elegant restaurants provide glamorous evening spaces. Rooms are smart and simply designed; think crisp white linen, contemporary furnishings and in room bathrooms. A chic city spot.

    Local exploring  -  Boasting a central location near the Nakasu Kawabata Station and with easy access to the city's main attractions.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the impressive Fukuoka Castle ruins.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
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  • Hotel Nikko Fukuoka Fukuoka (Hakata-ku) 360 rooms from £223

    A luxury hotel conveniently located close to both the airport and city centre. Chic rooms are classic in style with large windows, crisp white linen and elegant antique furniture. A choice selection of 8 restaurants cover a number of world cuisines. An ideal base for either business of leisure.

    Local exploring  -  Excellent transport links to both the airport, Hakata Station and the city's attractions.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the picterusque Rakusui-en Garden.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the first zen temple of Japan, Shofuku-ji Temple.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Ryokan Wakaba Kumamoto, Kyushu 15 rooms from £224

    A charming Ryokan (Japanese inn) set amidst the forest in utterly tranquil surrounds. Traditionally designed throughout rooms feature tatami mats, floor level dining tables and paper shutters. A number of indoor and outdoor hot spring baths will ease any aching muscles. Rural bliss.

    Back to Nature  -  A tranquil property set within picturesque countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the impressive Aso Shrine.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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  • Ryokan Sanga Minamioguni, Kyushu 15 rooms from £224

    A traditional property situated in a picturesque forest at the source of two hot water springs. The house, made from wood and glass, mixes traditional design with contemporary style. Classically Japanese rooms feature tatami mats and paper shutters. A place to completely unwind.

    Spa breaks  -  Boasting two hot water spring sources; one offering medicinal benefits and the other cleansing for the skin.
    Total relaxation  -  Tucked away in the forest a luxury ryokan ideal for indulging in a little rest and recuperation.
    Trekking  -  Find miles of hiking trails starting straight from the property.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the historical Mangan-ji Temple just 10 minutes from the property.
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  • Miyazaki Ryokan Unzen (Obama-cho) 98 rooms from £225

    Surrounded by natural beauty, Miyazaki Ryokan is situated a short distance outside Unzen and offers chic, traditional accommodation. Enjoy excellent meals made from seasonal ingredients and relax in their beautiful garden! A wonderfully peaceful and country retreat.

    Sights nearby  -  The magnificent Unzen Hot Spring is definitely worth a visit
    Great walks  -  Head off on stunning hikes around Unzen National Park
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Traditional
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
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  • Yufuin Sankouen Ryokan Oita (Yufu) 26 rooms from £274

    A chic property boasting impressive views of the surrounding mountains. Featuring a generous number of healing hot spring baths, traditionally styled Japanese rooms and friendly, efficient service. Feast on exemplary Kaiseki Cuisine. Ideally located to access the region's attractions. Superb.

    Total relaxation  -  Set within beautifully manicured gardens and boasting no less than 10 hot spring baths.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks around the picturesque Kinrinko Lake.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the historic Ogosha Shrine.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Yufuin Onsen Hinoharu Ryokan Oita (Yufu) 11 rooms from £298

    A chic boutique property set in utterly tranquil surrounds. Beautifully designed Japanese rooms feature paper shutters and lanterns, roll down futon beds and polished wooden floors, the best have indulgent baths. Delicately prepared Kaiseki dishes are on offer and staff are friendly and attentive.

    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in a hot spring bath or over a soothing massage, feast on fresh and healthy food and unravel in the tranquil surrounds.
    Great walks  -  Find miles of walking trails through the hills.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • With the Style Fukuoka Fukuoka 16 rooms from £311

    A chic boutique property set in the heart of the city. Contemporary rooms feature bright works of art, luxury bathrooms separated by a glass screen and the best have small terraces. Boasting a patio garden complete with pool and hip bar and two atmospheric restaurants. Fabulous.

    City Style  -  A chic boutique hotel complete with contemporary artworks and lively poolside bar.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the picturesque Ohori Park.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive Fukuoka Castle ruins.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
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  • Yufuin Kaze No Mori Oita (Yufu) from £313

    A boutique property set atop a hill with a great vantage of the scenic mountain surrounds. Japanese styled rooms give a comfortable and authentic experience. With a multitude of outdoor pursuits in the surrounding area this is the perfect rural escape.

    Country Escape  -  A rural property set in lush gardens overlooking Yufuin.
    Great walks  -  Explore the walking trails that surround the scenic Lake Kinriko, accessible directly from the property.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Ryokan Yumotoso Aso-gun, Kyushu 12 rooms from £323

    A traditional wooden property set overlooking the Tahara River in the Kurokawa Onsen hot-spring area. Atmospheric rooms are reminiscent of design from the end of Edo Period yet with modern comforts such as western bed and flat screen TVs. A charming rural escape.

    Country Escape  -  A charming rural property set in pretty countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Situated a 10-minute drive from Meotodaki Falls.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Full of character
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  • Suginoi Hotel Beppu (Oita) from £341

    A grand hotel located on the lush hills overlooking Beppu. A mix of Japanese and western styled rooms boast epic views. A series of Onsens (hot water springs) are utterly spoiling. Boasting a number of eateries, lounges, karaoke rooms and a bowling alley. A perfect base for exploring the region.

    Local exploring  -  Located near the hot spring area and with easy access to the city.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor pools.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Yufuin Hoteiya Oita (Yufu-shi) 14 rooms from £353

    A traditional property located in the picturesque Yufuin area. Japanese style rooms feature tatami mats, paper shutters and lanterns. The best boast private outdoor hot spring baths. Spend evenings feasting on regional cuisine after a day spent in the great outdoors. A rejuvenating stay.

    Rural  -  A tranquil rural property set in the Yufuin hot spring area. The perfect spot to get some rest and recuperation.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around the nearby Lake Kinrin.
    Full of character
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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  • Unzen Kanko Hotel Unzen 39 rooms from £356

    Surrounded by beautiful nature, Unzen Kanko Hotel offers traditional accommodation in a historic building. The interiors feature original decor and furnishings whilst you can enjoy splendid French or Japanese cuisine at their restaurants. A great country retreat and real throwback to another era!

    Great walks  -  Head off for a scenic hike around Unzen National Park and revel in the area's beauty
    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accomodated at this hotel.
    Sights nearby  -  Be sure to visit Unzen Hot Spring!
    Traditional
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Yufuin Sanso Waremokou Oita (Yufu) 5 rooms from £359

    A boutique property boasting stunning mountain views. Two steaming outdoor hot spring baths take advantage of the picturesque setting. Traditionally styled rooms feature tatami mats, paper shutters and futon beds. Find an exemplary seasonal menu (including blowfish) and a selection of sake. Superb.

    Total relaxation  -  With stunning mountain views, peaceful surrounds and a number of hot spring baths this is a very relaxing stay.
    Local exploring  -  Well placed to access the region's main attractions.
    Great walks  -  Stroll along the walking paths surrounding the scenic Kinrinko Lake.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the historic Bussanji shrine.
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  • Miyama Sansou Minamioguni-machi, Kyushu 16 rooms from £401

    A luxury rural escape built to resemble a small village. Individual cottages are chicly designed with minimalist style and architecture making the most of the epic views. Rooms feature natural spring hot tubs, western beds and paper shutters. The perfect countryside hideaway.

    Country Escape  -  Set in picturesque countryside complete with a stream and lush green paddy fields.
    Great walks  -  Explore the scenic surrounds by foot.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Yufuin Gettouan Ryokan Oita (Yufu) 18 rooms from £406

    A small boutique hotel located amidst picturesque woods. Traditional rooms feature tatami mat floors. Low level dining tables and large windows that frame the views. Indulgent regional meals are served and tea ceremonies are also on offer. A charming stay ideal for totally unwinding.

    Total relaxation  -  Set in tranquil surrounds and complete with healing hot spring baths.
    Great walks  -  Take long scenic walks through the forest and along the river.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 12yrs are welcome.
    Traditional
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  • Huis Ten Bosch Forest Villa Nagasaki (Sasebo) 105 rooms from £424

    Charming villas situated along a peaceful canal inside the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park. Style is based on Dutch design and features chintz patterns, flower-filled gardens and soft hues. boasting a spa and a restaurant that promotes healthy eating. A tranquil spot ideal for family getaways.

    Families  -  Set inside the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park and offering private accommodation with plenty of space for little ones to run around.
    Great walks  -  Visit the scenic Saikai Bridge and take a stroll through the park.
    Sailing  -  Take a relaxing cruise along the canal.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
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  • Kurosawa Onsen Oyado Noshiyu Minamioguni, Kyushu 11 rooms from £424

    A small traditional Japanese inn set amidst a pretty forest. The eleven atmospheric rooms have beamed ceilings, tatami mats and low-level dining tables. Regional dishes are served in the dining room and there's both indoor and outdoor onsens to relax in. A charming stay.

    Hideaway  -  Nestled amdst the forest, with not another house in sight. The ideal place to get away from it all.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the picturesque forest.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Beppu Showaen Beppu (Oita) 11 rooms from £568

    A collection of traditional houses set in beautifully manicured gardens. Classically designed throughout, rooms feature tatami mats, floor level dining, paper shutters and Japanese art. Each house boasts a healing hot water spring bath. Exemplary regional dishes are served in-room. Superb.

    Total relaxation  -  A luxury property set in picturesque gardens. A tranquil haven amidst the city.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Traditional
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  • Tenku no Mori Kirishima (Makizono-cho) 6 rooms from £828

    The stunning Tenku no Mori enjoys a splendid forestal location overlooking the mountains of Kagoshima. Feel rejuvenated in their spacious and private wooden villas, with floor to ceiling windows offering superb views. Wonderful cuisine served using their own produce! A first-class rural escape.

    Fishing  -  If you fancy a relaxing afternoon then wander off and find a good spot for some fishing
    Great walks  -  Head off hiking up Mount Kirishima
    Outstanding location
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Kiwi Collection
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