In the recently accounced readers choice awards of Conde Nast Traveller (US & UK), Seven Stars in Kyushu has won the best train award (for the 2nd time in a row).
Kyushu has been listed as one of the 50 places listed in TIME Magazine's "World's Greatest Places 2022".
Read the feature below to learn about the destinations in Kyushu which were featured in the listing.
Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organization aims to promote the integration of tourism and community development in Kyushu.
At the annual general meeting held on June 15th 2022, the name of the organization changed to "Kyushu Tourism Organization", with the intention of taking a more leading role in the initiatives.
Exciting upgrades are coming for the luxury sleeper train, operated by Kyushu Railway Company.
Running since Oct 15 2013, these are the first major upgrades to the train. Upgrades will be completed between July and September 2022, before services resume from October.
Click on the link to read more about the details of the upgrades
The New York Post has featured some new opens for 2022. They cover the Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen, Hoshino Resort Yufuin and Goto Retreat Ray (Nagasaki).
Click the link below to read more.
In a list of 12 hotels around the world that offer forest bathing, meditation, and transformatative nature activities, "okcs Retreat Iki Kairi" on Iki island, Nagasaki was featured.
Link to property: okcs Retreat Iki Kairi
Click on the link below to read the full text.
Click on the link below to read the 2022 edition of the Kyushu Weekender, created by the team at Tokyo Weekender, Tokyo's longest-running English lifestyle magazine.
2 hotels in Kyushu are introduced in Travel + Leisure private hot tub hotel feature.
See the links below for more about the two hotels and to the feature.
In a list of 10 spots from around the world, Travel + Leisure features two Kyushu healing spots.
Hiking and "forest bathing" on Yakushima Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and sand bathing in Ibusuki, Kagoshima.
See the link for more information on these destinations in Kagoshima.
Kyushu has been selected by Travel + Leisure as one of the best 50 places to travel to in 2022.
Check out their alphabetical list in the link below, and their intro to Kyushu (25th in the list).
Thanks to the editors at Condé Nast Traveler for the feature of Kyushu in their list of the Best Places to Go in 2022.
We look forward to when we can welcome visitors to Kyushu!
Thank you to Travel & Cruise Weekly (AU) for featuring Kyushu in their October digital issue of "Keep Dreaming".
Check out the content on their site, Oct issue 64, pages 24-25, or in the pdf below.
The results of the 2021 Condé Nast Traveler readers awards are out, and Seven Stars has been ranked the best train in the world! Running since 2013, JR Kyushu's luxury sleeper train Seven Stars runs throughout the 7 prefectures of Kyushu, showcasing the scenery, history, culture and cuisine of the island.
Click the link to see the full ranking.
KTPO is excited to announce that Australia-based Linked Tourism has been appointed to represent
Kyushu for the Australian market, effective immediately. We look forward to promoting Kyushu
For details, please click the link below.
Editors of Condé Nast Traveler have listed JR Kyushu's newest sightseeing train 36+3 on their "Best New Ways to Travel" hot list, and Kagoshima Prefecture on their "Where to Travel Next" hot list of 2021.
Are you ready to get your hiking boots on and to discover Kyushu's nature over and over again? Whether it's a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride over one of the world's largest calderas, a relaxing hot soak in the quaint onsen town Yufuin, or a trip to a wild monkey park, AFAR introduces some of Kyushu's best experiences.
If you're a full-time foodie, an outdoors enthusiast, a history and culture addict, or all three - Lonely Planet has three full-feature articles published on Kyushu. Enjoy the reading trip!
Now open for year-round stays, the hilltop Hirado Castle is transformed into an ultra-luxurious stay, where a group of maximum five have the castle grounds to themselves. Hirado used to be Japan's door to the rest of the world - a stay in this small town will introduce you to Kyushu's rich history and culture. Read Conde Nast Traveler's article on the unique experience.
For further details, please check out the link below.
For details, please check the URL below.
Forbes USA nominates Nagasaki Prefecture's Hirado Castle as one of the best new boutique hotel openings in 2021. Read more here.
Enjoy a month-long autumn road trip through Kyushu with writer Ashlea Halpern. Fill up on a bowl of creamy tonkotsu ramen from a Fukuoka yatai and get ready to travel to Oita's Yume Otsurihashi suspension bridge to enjoy the most stunning views in fall. Finish with a visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site Yakushima's famous Shiratani Unsuikyo. Read the article here.
USA-based HERE Magazine features Fukuoka as their "Travel Crush of The Week". Read about writer Tiana Attride's go-to comfort food tamago-kake-gohan in Fukuoka and explore the city of a thousand food stalls here.
The Kagoshima prefecture-based volcano Shinmoedake is nominated in the 1967 "You Only Live Twice" James Bond movie. Read the article here.
JR Kyushu's sightseeing sweets train "Aru Ressha" is featured in Time Out Magazine's list of amazing novelty trains in Japan. Read more about Aru Ressha here.
Walk under 1,000 blooming cherry trees in Maizuru Park, Fukuoka's top cherry blossom viewing spot, from March 21 through March 31. Read the article here.
In an earlier article, Forbes readers enjoyed an armchair train ride through Kyushu on JR Kyushu's luxury sightseeing train 36+3. Leaving readers awe-inspired, the luxury train made it to the top of Forbes' list of trains inspiring slow travel in 2021! Read the full article here.
Handmade from the beds to the porcelain dinner plates by local artisans, JR Kyushu's stunning sleeper train Seven Stars is a dream ride for many! It's no surprise that readers ranked a trip through Kyushu on the Seven Stars as second in US magazine Condé Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Awards. Read the full article here.
JR Kyushu's Discover Rail Pass is available for foreign residents of Japan from December 11, 2020 through March 29, 2021. Read more about the rail pass here.
The exciting and unique Hirado Castle Stay in Nagasaki Prefecture, and Hoshino Resort's newest KAI Kirishima (Kagoshima Prefecture) and KAI Beppu (Oita Prefecture) are featured in US magazine Travel Noire's list of sleek new luxury hotels around the world in 2021. Read the full article here.
For details, please check the URL below.
For details, please check the URL below.
Jump into KAI Kirishima’s rejuvenating hot spring bath and enjoy the breathtakingly dramatic view of Sakurajima, one of Japan’s most active volcanoes located in Kagoshima prefecture. Read more about this luxurious must-stay ryokan located in a field of stunning silvergrass in their ‘60 Most Exciting Hotel Openings Around the World’ and ‘10 New Remote Hotels Opening in 2021’ articles.
60 Most Exciting Hotel Openings Around the World: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ramseyqubein/2020/12/06/new-year-new-hotels-57-of-the-newest-hotels-opening-around-the-world/?sh=45e7663e6890
10 New Remote Hotels Opening in 2021: https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicoletrilivas/2020/12/10/secluded-stays-10-new-remote-hotels-opening-in-2021/?sh=2a4a5154f404
Travel guidebook Lonely Planet inspires its readers to include JR Kyushu's newest luxury train on their #kyushubucketlist for an incredibly awe-inspiring ride through Kyushu's bountiful nature. Click here for a 3-minute read on the stunning 36+3 sightseeing train.
America’s top business magazine ‘Forbes’ introduces JR Kyushu’s newest luxury sightseeing train 36+3.
Read why this train journey through the seven prefectures of Kyushu may be your once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Condé Nast Traveller's print-only insider report on the best places to bed down features the newly opened four-room hotel Hotel Cultia Dazaifu, formerly the residence of the Yoshitsugu family, in Fukuoka.
Launched in October 2020, the stunning JR Kyushu luxury sightseeing train 36+3 is a dream ride for many! Top-ranked US travel magazine AFAR covered the story here: https://www.afar.com/magazine/jr-kyushu-36-plus-3-train-luxury-sightseeing-train-launches-in-japan
Located in Fukuoka Prefecture and surrounded by the dramatic Genkai Sea, Itoshima City has taken out spot number 3 in the world in Monocle's 2021 Best Small Cities Index. Find out why this not-so-hidden beach paradise is a must-visit for lovers of scenic views: https://monocle.com/magazine/the-forecast/2021/bright-lights-small-city/
Happy November! Sometimes the best travel memories are found in the smallest joys. That's why we have listed five on-the-go experiences that every Kyushu-traveler should try! We love hearing stories, and we figured you do too. We visited a "Michelin behind plastic covers" and requested an all-vegan course. Learn why Yuichi loves his yatai, and why he's so eager to accommodate food diversity in Kyushu!
As we leave the warmer days of Kyushu behind us, we are excited to dive into Kyushu’s fall and winter seasons. There is nothing better than hot soaks and self care as the colder days approach, so get ready to plan for a relaxing #kyushubucketlist! This month’s special brings you right back to your childhood (hint: you may want to adjust the light of your device for this one!).
Discover the most stunning fall must-sees in Northern Kyushu in this month’s Kyushu in Focus. Immerse yourself in Kyushu’s stunning fall palette and find the stories of taste that make up the wonderful autumn memories of Kyushu. And don’t forget to fold yourself some colorful ‘momiji’ origami – instruction video found on the last page!
As one of Japan's most festive seasons, autumn deserves extra attention in our opinion. This month we introduce the stunning autumn colors of Southern Kyushu. How familiar are you with Kyushu’s fall season? Find out through our tricky crossword if you are prepared to discover your spiritual self through Kyushu’s stunning nature!