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Beppu

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Beppu is a city located in Oita prefecture on the island of Kyushu, known for its many unique hot springs. When you arrive at Beppu station, the statue of the “Shiny Uncle” welcomes you heartily. It is the statue of Kumahachi Aburaya, a Meiji Era entrepreneur famous for his contribution to the increase in tourism in Beppu and all over Japan. He is also known for his love of children. The concept of the “Eight Hells of Beppu”, which are eight hot springs in Beppu for viewing, rather than bathing, is attributed to him. He was greatly inspired by his trip to North America and implemented many new ideas upon his return to Japan. Why not visit Japan and get inspired too with a trip to Beppu?

 

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Okinawa

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Okinawa is often regarded as the “Japanese Hawaii”. It is a southern chain of Japanese islands and its tropical-subtropical climate makes it a great resort destination throughout most of the year (except for the rainy season (late April-early June) and typhoon season (July-August)). Okinawa also has its own culture and people welcome you as warmly as the weather. The word “Okinawa” itself means “the rope in the open sea” due to its long stretch of islands. Only 49 of the islands of Okinawa are inhabited and the remaining 111 are uninhabited.

 

Travelling in Okinawa

 

Transportation. This might be one of the challenges for those, who are planning to do backpacking in Okinawa. Unlike most parts of Japan, the transportation system in Okinawa is not very advanced, but it is quite costly. The majority of tourists commute using taxis, which can be found practically anywhere. But if you are a budget traveler you can use the car-rent serv

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Yakushima

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Yakushima is an island located south of Kyushu and is part of Kagoshima’s Prefecture territory. This island is one of the less built up places in Japan. Its unique tropical and rainy weather, along with its forests, mountains and waterfalls make Yakushima one of the natural wonders of Japan. Its natural beauty is such that many parts of the island have been declared as UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. Yakushima has also been an inspiration for artists such as Hayao Miyazaki, who, inspired by its landscapes was able to illustrate the forests of the animated movie “Princess Mononoke.” This is why Yakushima is a must see destination not only for adventure seekers and nature lovers, but for anyone planning a visit to Japan.

Yakushima’s weather cannot be compared to the weather in any other region in Japan. It is extremely rainy, which is why, among the locals, there is a phrase that says that in Yakushima “it rains for 35 days a month.” This may sound li

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Recommended places in Kagoshima

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Accommodation:

Green Guest House

 

Without a doubt, the best place to stay in Kagoshima is the Green Guest House. It has a very convenient location, no further than a 10 minute walk from Tenmonkan and only 5 minutes away from Dolphin Port and the ports where the ferries depart, towards Sakurajima and Yakushima. Additionally, GGH has a policy to support travelers, therefore they will always lend a hand to people visiting Kagoshima, by recommending places to visit, helping to plan a trip or even assisting with making reservations of tickets and accommodation for travelers that cannot speak the Japanese language.

 

The facilities of GGH are extremely clean, with available options for every budget and taste. If you are on a budget and you don’t mind sharing a room, you can pay 1,800 Yen for a night at one of the split (male and female) dormitories or 2,300 to stay in a “capsule” in the mixed dormitory. If you want to have a little bit mo

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Kagoshima

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Kagoshima is the southernmost city on the island of Kyushu. This city is famous for having beautiful landscapes and holds significant historical importance for Japan.   Originally known as Satsuma, during Japan’s feudal period; it was home to one of the most influential and powerful Daimyos of The Land of the Rising Sun, ruling over a territory that reached as far as Okinawa. The Satsuma Clan was one of the Samurai Families that supported and lead the Meiji restoration (1868), by being one of the main military forces that defeated the Shogunate. However, the clan later became one of the Shogunates greatest critics, and in 1877, under the leadership of the legendary Saigo Takamori, it rose up against the decisions of the new government, an event known as the Satsuma Rebellion. This battle that symbolized the struggle between the new and the old order, made Saigo Takamori into a hero figure that fought against injustice. The American movie“The Last Samurai” vaguely depicts

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