Thursday, March 2, 2017

#Kyushu Travel ♪ Most 31 Beautiful Sights in Japan! Recommended Kitakyushu Attractions! Tokyo⇔Kyushu by STARFLYER

#Kyushu Travel ♪ Most 31 Beautiful Sights in Japan! 
Recommended Kitakyushu Attractions! 
Tokyo⇔Kyushu by STARFLYER 

Come on let's off to other regions of Japan!
We have always seen scenes from Japanese dramas and comics 
of the open-air hot springs time 
and mysterious local cuisine and food, 
as well as many famous scenery. 
It is believed that most of them can be experienced in different regions in Japan.

This time, 
let us share with you our trip to Kitakyushu(Northern part of Kyushu) and Yamaguchi.

Sightseeing spots in Kitakyushu and Yamaguchi are really impressive.

Local areas away from big city like Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto,
always give people a special and friendly feeling.

Okay!! Let's take the domestic airline in Japan!

When you have chance visiting Tokyo, 
most people are hoping to visit some more places beside Tokyo.
But the thing is ... 
transportation fee in Japan is quite high.

No worry!
We would like to recommend you this great airline!!
(That means, when you travel to Tokyo, 
you can take domestic flight from Haneda Airport off to other part of Japan!)

This time, 
we plan to go to Kitakyushu and Yamaguchi
we use the airline "STARFLYER"

As long as purchasing the tickets in advance, 
you probably can get cheaper tickets.
From Haneda Airport off to other regions of Japan,
are you interested?

From Tokyo to Kitakyushu? 
Where is Kitakyushu?
Kitakyushu is a city in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwest of Japan.

We recommend you can bring most of the attraction spots together 
in Kitakyushu and Yamaguchi to your travel plan.

In the 1960s, Japan's period of high economic growth, 
Kitakyushu has been much attention as an industrial city,
 due to the establishment of a lot of Japanese ironwork factories
and also making a large export of carbon.

Talking about its tourism,
it was started in 2014.
In order to ease the load of Fukuoka Airport, 
policy of increasing the use of Kitakyushu Airport
makes Kitakyushu to play actively on the tourist resources!


How much does it cost
flying from Haneda Airport to Kitakyushu Airport?
Key point is it is much more cheaper than Shinkansen 
from Tokyo to Kitakyushu.

Shinkansen Bullet Train: Nozomi  (のぞみ)
One-way costs about 20,000 yen  (about 4 hours moving time)
One-way costs about 9,500 yen (1 hour 50 minutes flying time)
* The above amount is the average price of the search result,
 price would be varied.

not only cost less but also save much more time!


Haneda ⇔ Kitakyushu 
Take off 

Taking STARFLYER, not only save time 
but also receiving a more comprehensive service!

The general thing is a welcome drink!
You know what? An unique service. 
If you are ordering a coffee, 
a chocolate will come together. 
Also, there are USB connector and plug for charger. 
Don't you think STARFLYER is a right choice?

★Japan's Domestic Airline "STARFLYER"
Official Site: 

!!!Special price for Foreign Tourists!!!
Yes! A good news to everyone!
Fly JAPAN Value Fare
Click HERE if you are considering yourself a foreign visitors to Japan.

1. Tokyo (Haneda Domestic)⇔Kitakyusyu --- JPY 9,000 per flight
2. Tokyo (Haneda Domestic)⇔Fukuoka --- JPY 9,000 per flight 
3. Tokyo(Haneda Domestic)⇔Yamaguchi (Ube Airport) --- JPY 9,000 per flight
4. Tokyo(Haneda Domestic)⇔Osaka(Kansai Airport) --- JPY 7,000 per flight
5. Nagoya(Chubu Centrair)⇔Fukuoka --- JPY 7,000 per flight

* The fare is only available to foreign tourists visiting Japan.

How to reserve and purchase ticket at 
*English site is available


Rental car travel is recommended for trip outside cities!

(Left) Rental car counters can be seen at the arrival hall of Kitakyushu Airport.
(Right) Running through the coral reef of 300 million years ago, Akiyoshidai (秋吉台)

Yes! This time, 
we rent a car for this Kitakyushu trip!
Just do the renting procedures as long as you arrive the airport. 
Nissan Rent-a-car 
our favorite rental car company!

★Nissan Rental Car ~ Kitakyushu Airport Store ~
- Location: Kitakyushu Airport Arrival Hall
-6 Kukokitamachi, Kokuraminami-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 800-0306 Japan
- Business hours: 08: 00 ~ 23: 00
- Homepage: 


Popular Sightseeing Spots in Kitakyushu & Yamaguchi

Kitakyushu itself is a harbor, 
of course its natural scenery is worth to visit.
 Together with its neighbor Yamaguchi Prefecture, 
it is worth to plan a trip to 
travel around Kitakyushu & Yamaguchi!

Must-Visit ① of Kitakyushu and Yamaguchi Trip
 USA's CNN  recommended! 
Beautiful scenery!
-Motonosumi Inari Shrine-

Motonosumi Inari Shrine was selected by CNN,
one of the 31
the most beautiful sights in Japan in 2015.

The shrine is said to be built in 1955. 
As a white fox appeared at the bedside of a local fisherman, 
and he was told to follow the divine revelation to build the shrine here facing the Japan Sea.

In the hills on the cliff, standing with a continuous 123 Torii, 
the scenery is very spectacular!
Praying while running through the tunnel!
In addition, 
we find another interesting sightseeing spot here!
Offertory box on top of the Torii!
If you can put (throw) the coins inside the box, 
indeed it is said that you have good luck!

Motonosumi Inari Shrine (元乃隅稲成神社)
498 Yuyatsuo, Nagato, Yamaguchi 759-4712
Always open and no entrance fee is needed.
Map Code: 1017 007 024

Must-Visit ② of Kitakyushu and Yamaguchi Trip
It was selected as 
 "World's must-visit spot before death"
 - Tsunoshima Ohashi -

"Tsunoshima Ohashi" is a bridge connecting Hohokucho Oaza Kanda, Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi and Hohokucho Tsunoshima.

It was completed in 2000. 
The straight through bridge on top of the transparent sea impresses you definitely!
And you know what?
 A lot of Japanese dramas and commercials were filmed here!

In addition, it is selected as the "World's must-visit spot before death" in 2013!
Ranked No.1 in Japan and No. 3 in the World.
it has become a very famous sightseeing spots.

it was selected as the Japan's most beautiful bridge 
at the world most famous travel site TripAdvisor.

★ Tsunoshima Ohashi (角島大橋)
 Hohokucho Oaza Kanda, Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture 759-5331
- There are parking and restrooms
- MAP CODE for rental car: 851375228

Must-Visit ③ of Kitakyushu and Yamaguchi Trip
Akiyoshidai  Kokutei Koen (秋吉台国定公園)
is designated as a Quasi-National Park in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Why is it here recognized as a natural monument? 
In fact, because it is not a mountain, but a huge "limestone zone."

In about 300 million years ago, 
it was the coral reefs of the sea.
As the crustal changes and uplift forming such a huge limestone zone.

Since rain easily produces chemical changes; 
thereby, it forms the characteristics of its current landscape.

★Akiyoshidai  (秋吉台)
Shuhocho Akiyoshi, Mine, Yamaguchi 754-0511
For more info (English)
MAP CODE for rental car: 243217705

Must-Visit ④ of Kitakyushu and Yamaguchi Trip
The largest Cave in Asia 
Akiyoshido (秋芳洞)

As we said underground of Akiyoshidai has many limestone cave;
and Akiyoshido is the largest cave. 

The entrance of the cave is 24 meters height,
 and the highest part of the cave inside is said to be 80 meters from the floor.
Regardless of the seasons, it maintains the temperature of about 17 degrees. 
So that means when you visit in the winter in December,
 the temperature is still very comfortable inside!

Actually, it was explored by Emperor Hirohito in 1926. 
Then, it was designated a Special Natural Monument in 1952.

Akiyoshido (秋芳洞)
- 3506-2 Shuhocho Akiyoshi, Mine, Yamaguchi Prefecture 754-0511
- MAP CODE: 243186804

Must-Visit ⑤ of Kitakyushu and Yamaguchi Trip
Bridge connecting the state and Kyushu
Kanmon Bridge (関門橋)

The bridge opened in 1973,
 connecting Shimoseki in Yamaguchi and Fukuoka in Kitakyushu.
It is about 1068m.
If you rent a car, 
it is good to have a ride.

Since it is a huge bridge, 
the bottom of the bridge is about 67cm wide! 
(Made of 14,014 iron wire of 5mm)

There are free parking lot and observation desk in Shimonoseki.
Feel free to have a look.

★Kanmon Bridge(関門橋)
Dannouracho, Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi 751-0814
MAP CODE for rental car: 16775067

Must-Visit ⑥ of Kitakyushu and Yamaguchi Trip
Harbor view of 120-year history
Mojiko (門司港)

At Mojiko,
you can see the harbor view of the Meiji era about 120 years ago.

The reason why it has become a famous spot is
there was someone selling banana cheap here as a auction. 
It is said that a mass of banana has been shipped to Japan from Taiwan in 1908.
Some of the bananas have changed shape, 
so people started selling them cheaper!
Then, it has become one of the sightseeing spots for tourists.

Mojiko was an international trade port in the past,
So foreign culture and food can be found here! 
For example, "Roast Curry" (焼きカレー)is one of the representatives.

Besides, Western-style architecture can be found. 
So it has become the popular sightseeing spots to both Japanese locals and foreign visitors. 

★Mojiko (門司港)
Moji Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture
MAP CODE for rental car: 3631213

※Bonus Spots① of Kitakyushu and Yamaguchi Trip
Kokura Castle (小倉城)
Photo are credited to :  Official Site of Kokura Castle

Kokura Castle was built in 1264 on the estuary of the hills.
It has been rebuilt for many times in Sengoku Period around 1500~1600.

Today, it is used a museum to displayed the historical memorial items. 

★Kokura Castle
2-1 Jōnai, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyūshū-shi, Fukuoka 803-0813
Entrance Fee: Adult 350yen  Junior/High school 200yen  elementary school 100yen
April~Oct 9:00~18:00; Nov~March 9:00~17:00 (Last entrance 16:30)

※Bonus Spots② of Kitakyushu and Yamaguchi Trip
Karato Market(唐戸市場)
Photo credited to official site of Karato Market

Karato Market is closed to Shimonoseki Aquaculture wholesale market,
 the main market selling local seafood.
Vegetable are sold here too.
Come here for both fresh seafood and vegetables.
Wanna experience the lively Japanese market atmosphere?
Then you don't wanna miss it!

★Karato Market (唐戸市場)
5-50 Karatochō, Shimonoseki-shi, Yamaguchi 750-0005
Map Code for rental car: 16743384

※Bonus Spots③ of Kitakyushu and Yamaguchi Trip
If you are thinking to go to Fukuoka↓

Fukuoka's famous spot "Nakasu"

This time, 
we landed at Kitakyushu Airport 
Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi and the neighboring areas
Northern Kyushu

Let's see the spots we have visited in Northern Kyushu!

(Left) Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki (right) Mt. Aso in Kumamoto

Moving from Kitakyushu, arrive Fukuoka, one of the Japan's metropolises!
If you are thinking to stay longer, 
you would like to spend a day at the larger amusement park
Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki.
Of course, 
don't forget to try the castella cake and champon noodles. 

On the other hands, 
if you like nature,
we recommend you to go to see the live volcano Mt. Aso in Kumamoto.

Must-eat ① of Kitakyushu and Yamaguchi Trip

1. Puffer fish (ふぐ)
You can have puffer fish around the Shimonoseki Area
You know what Japan's 80% of puffer fish are from Shimonoseki.

Besides, safe cooking method of puffer fish was first found at
Restaurant Shunpanro(春帆樓)at Shimonoseki.
There are also branches in Osaka and Tokyo as well.

 the beginning of the safe conditioning puffer fish restaurant spring sail, the beginning is also opened here Oh!
The current spring sail floor, in addition to the next off the shop, in Tokyo, Osaka and so all branches in Japan it!

2. Kawara Soba Noodles

As the name,
it is fried buckwheat noodles placed on tiles!
Try dipping sauce while eating!

During the Seinan war, final civil war around 1877,
the soldiers used tiles (kawara) to cook. 
Then, the dish has known in the hot spring area of Shimonoseki around 1961.

Take the domestic flight from Tokyo traveling within Japan!
nice service!
nice price!
domestic fight in Japan!

Most people would go traveling to large cities 
for some main and golden sightseeing spots.
This time,
we make use of the domestic flight STARFLYER
to travel Kitakyushu!
Visiting and experiencing the deeper parts of Japan!
Using "STARFLYER" to travel may save you more money
than riding Shinkansen bullet train.

Official site: (English)

1. Tokyo (Haneda Domestic)⇔Kitakyusyu --- JPY 9,000 per flight
2. Tokyo (Haneda Domestic)⇔Fukuoka --- JPY 9,000 per flight 
3. Tokyo(Haneda Domestic)⇔Yamaguchi (Ube Airport) --- JPY 9,000 per flight
4. Tokyo(Haneda Domestic)⇔Osaka(Kansai Airport) --- JPY 7,000 per flight
5. Nagoya(Chubu Centrair)⇔Fukuoka --- JPY 7,000 per flight

※ Some note for foreign visitors to use STAYFLYER
・You must have your ticket the international flights from and to Japan. 
・Show the tickets and passport at the check-in counter (e-ticket with flight info. is also acceptable.)
・From the beginning of the reservation to the date before your flight,
 all procedures are managed by official website of STAYFLYER.

※Regarding to the departure flight and arriving flight of Haneda,
Chubu and Kitakyushu Airport, 
STARFLYER would charge you "Airport Passenger Service Fee" for airport while ordering tickets.
- Haneda: over 12 years old: 290 yen / 3 -12 years old: 140 yen
- Nagoya(Chubu Centrair): over 12 years old: 310 yen / 3 - 12 years old: 150 yen
- Kitakyushu: over 12 years old: 100 yen / 3 - 12 years old: 50 yen

How to reserve and purchase ticket at 
*English site is available

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