Top 5 Reasons why you should self drive in Kyushu – 8 days – Itinerary Summary

One Round of Kyushu Island, Japan – Self Drive with rental car 1. Why self drive in Kyushu? Kyushu Island is located at the southern Island of Japan, about the size of Taiwan.  It is one of the best place to do self drive in Japan.  Driving in Kyushu Island is similar to driving in …

Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 7 & 8 -Kumamoto Aso, the largest volcano in Japan & Nagasaki & Saga

Kumamoto City – Mount Aso Mount Aso / 阿蘇山 is an active volcano which is only 1.5 hour drive from Kumamoto City. Japan lies on the “Ring of Fire”, there are 110 active volcano in Japan and among them 47 are still active.  Pretty scary right, that is why there are so many earthquake in …

Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 6 – Kumamoto Prefecture : Kumamoto Castle and Kumamoto University

Kagoshima to Kumamoto – How far? From Kagoshima to Kumamoto is about 175 km, took us about 2.5 hours. Kumamoto /熊本  Kuma mean bear in English and Moto is origin, so Kumamoto is the origin of bear.  It has another nickname called Hi no Kuni meaning Fire Country because of the nearby giant volcano Mt Aso …

Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 5 : Kagoshima Prefecture, Kagoshima City & Sakurajima

Kirishima to Kagoshima City – How far? Kirishima to Kagoshima city took us about 1 hour drive, about 40km.  Both places are located in Kagoshima Prefecture. Kagoshima/鹿児島 highlight Sand bath at Ibusuki When we talk about Kagoshima, people often relate to their warm beaches and sand bath.  Too bad it was winter when I was …

Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 4 – Kagoshima Prefecture : Kirishima

Miyazaki City to Kirishima – how far? It takes about 1.5 hour to reach Kirishima from Miyazaki. Kirishima (霧島)  Kirishima (霧島) is an active volcanic mountain range that lies on the border between Miyazaki and Kagoshima Prefectures.  It has lots of mountains, highlands, volcanic lakes and hot springs, if you love hiking through mountainous surroundings, …

Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 3 – Miyazaki Prefecture : Is Miyazaki City not Easter Island! Is winter but feel like tropical atmosphere in Miyazaki!

Beppu to Miyazaki From Beppu to Miyazaki is about 3 hour drive.  We stopped in the rest area on the way.  It was drizzling when we stopped for our early lunch break. Rest Area on highway to Miyazaki We bought the tickets from the vending machines and passed the tickets to the counter so that …

Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 2 – Oita Prefecture : Sanrio Hormony Land and Hells of Beppu

Why Self Drive in Kyushu? Kyushu is a great place to self drive, the driving seat is on the right which is same as most commonwealth countries.  Driving in Kyushu is like driving in Australia, roads are wide and spacious, no hassle at all.  Not everywhere in Japan is good for self driving.  I won’t …

Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 1 – Oita Prefecture – A quiet getaway in Yufuin/湯布院

Self Drive in Kyushu Island Japan Kyushu 九州 is the most southern island in Japan, this island is most suitable for self drive because of it wide roads and less cars.  There are total 7 prefectures in Kyushu and the capital is Fukuoka.  The size of Kyushu is about the size of Taiwan.  I am …

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Summary Itinerary

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Summary Itinerary We like to self drive within Japan outskirt cities, driving within major big cities is not recommended due to the heavy traffic and extremely narrow roads.  Most sign are posted in “Romaji”- in English which is readable for foreigner. If you read Kanji/Chinese Character, …

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 8 – Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Japan 8 days self drive in Central Region – Day 8 – Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture  Hakone Hotel Kowakien This hotel is well located in a beautiful garden.  It was very pleasant to walk around the huge garden and admire the beautiful scenery early morning after we woke up. It was very nice to see the …