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If you're looking for somewhere that most tourists never venture, this village—the mythological heart of the country—is well worth the journey. This is the place where the goddess Amaterasu's grandson is said to have descended to Earth to establish the Japanese Imperial Family. It's a favorite of many Japanese tourists, but it has not been discovered by most foreign travelers. An overnight stay
is recommended to see the many sights and soak up the atmosphere. A day trip, while possible, doesn't really give you a good enough sense of the place.
Aso-san comprises the world's largest caldera—128 km (80 miles) in circumference, from 18 km to 24 km (11 to 15 miles) wide in places—formed...
Fukuoka is a good base to begin exploring Kyushu. To get a sense of the city, walk along the meandering Naka-gawa river. The stunning Canal...