Japan Shikoku : Thousand Years olds Hot Springs – Dogo Onsen Honkan & “Botchan” Natsume Soseki at Matsuyama. Top 16 things not to be missed!

Matsuyama city Ehime Prefecture Shikoku 松山 愛媛県 四国 Matsuyama is the largest city in Shikuko island and also the capital of Ehime Prefecture. Tourists from everywhere rushed here to take a bath in the oldest hot springs – Dogo Onsen and visit the Botchan Train. 1. Dogo Onsen 道後温泉 The wooden public bathhouse is oldest bathhouse in Japan, date …

Japan Shikoku : The most spectacular view on the Shimanami Kaido @ Kirosan Observatory Park, Imabari

Shimanami Kaido Shimanami Kaido is a spectacular 60-kilometer road-and-bridge network connecting Japan’s main island of Honshu with Shikoku, passing over 6 small islands in the Seto Inland Sea 瀬戸内海. The startng point of Shimanami Kaido is in Honshu 本州 Island in Onomichi 尾道 city and end at Imabari 今治 City in Shikoku 四国 Island. Shimanami Kaido will link …

Japan Southwest Honshu / Chugoku : Cat Alley of Onomichi Town, Hiroshima

Onomichi 尾道 is literally translated as “tail road” After we touched down in Hiroshima Airport, we drove directly to the southwest Honshu, a small town called Onomichi. This is a hilly port city which is famous due to a famous drama called 東京物語 (Tokyo Monogatari) which was filmed here. And also well-known for it cats …

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

This itinerary include : Old Town – Yufuin Characters shop – Totoro & friends – Japanese animation Themed Park – Sanrio Hormonyland Oita Fun Rides – Ferris Wheel Amuran in Kagoshima City Hot Spring – Beppu “HELL” colorful hot spring for viewing only Beach – Miyazaki Shrine – Udo Shrine/鵜戸神宮 Ocean – Great Pacific Ocean drive Statue – Sun Messe …

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 …