Japan’s southernmost main island, Kyushu is also one of its most diverse regions, made up of the seven prefectures of Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Saga, Miyazaki, Oita, Kagoshima, and Kumamoto. Sunny, tropical vibes radiate across high-rise urban landscapes, emerald rice paddies and even a fiery active volcano in the middle of the sea, making it difficult to picture this kaleidoscopic landscape cloaked in the cooler temperatures of fall.
Don’t worry though, autumn in Kyushu is the real deal and it’s equally as spectacular as the more well-known northern areas.
Leaves here are among the last to fall across the country which means there’s plenty of time to plan a trip to hit every one of these breathtaking spots. Challenge accepted.
Fukuoka Castle Ruins
Although most famous for cherry blossom viewing, Fukuoka Castle Ruins (Maizuru Park) also holds its own during autumn thanks to its golden gingko trees and momiji in the neighboring Japanese garden. It’s also a lovely spot to escape from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding Fukuoka City which you can see from the top of the ruins.
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