Nagasaki Sofukuji Temple. © touristinjapan.com

Sofuku-ji Temple

Sofuku-ji is an Ōbaku zen temple located in Nagasaki City in Nagasaki Prefecture. The temple was constructed in 1629 to serve Chinese people living in Nagasaki. It later became Japanese, so the architecture is an interesting mix of Chinese and Japanese styles. The complex has numerous important cultural assets, among them two national treasures; the …

Kōshi-byō, Nagasaki Confucius Shrine. © touristinjapan.com

Kōshi-byō, Nagasaki Confucius Shrine

The Confucius Shrine in Nagasaki is a Chinese shrine, dedicated to the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius (551–479 BC). The shrine dates back to 1893, when it was first constructed by the Chinese community in Nagasaki. It is a beautiful example of Chinese architecture, and stands as a colorful contrast to the traditional Japanese shrines. Already as …

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Entrance. © touristinjapan.com

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, located in Nagasaki City, is a museum dedicated to remembering the traumatic day in 1945, when the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. The museum displays artifacts from the bombing, and explains the events leading up to the bombing. The museum has numerous photos of Nagasaki before the bombing, …

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14 Ryokans with Private Onsen in Kyushu

This is a list of some of the best ryokans in Kyushu. All the listed properties have private onsen baths (indoor or outdoor). Kyushu is a paradise for onsen lovers, with some of Japans most famous onsen towns being located in this region. Amongst the most popular onsen areas in Kyushu are Beppu, Yufuin, Kurokawa and Mt. Unzen. …

Miyajidake Shrine, Fukutsu. © touristinjapan.com

Miyajidake Shrine, Fukutsu

Miyajidake is a large shinto shrine located in Fukutsu, about 25 minutes north of Fukuoka City. The shrine is especially known for having Japans largest Shimenawa rope, copper bell and Taiko drum. Additionally, due to it’s high location, there is a magnificent sunset view through the shrines torii gates. The approach to Miyajidake shrine is a …