Kyushu is the third biggest island of Japan, after Honshu and Hokkaido, with close to 36.000km² and more than 13 million inhabitants. Located on the South-west of the archipelago, it benefits from a subtropical climate and would be the birthplace of the Japanese civilisation. Made of eight prefectures, its biggest city is Fukuoka.
Kyushu is made of eight prefectures: Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Saga and the Ryukyu archipelago which includes Okinawa. It is the home of two volcanoes : the Mount Aso and, more in the South, the Sakurajima, as well as the surprising natural spring waters of Beppu.
From its main city's Hakata station, it is possible to rally Kagoshima in the far South through the Shinkansen bullet train since 2011.
Things to do in Kyushu
By train -- The JR Shinkansen Sanyo goes to Fukuoka Hakata. Count around 5 hours from Tokyo or 2h30 from Shin-Osaka.
By plane -- Low-cost Japanese companies go to the airports of Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Kagoshima.
Official website (in English)
7 days = US$ 259
14 days = US$ 412