Eye on the World: Kyushu & Nagasaki, Japan

written by | Posted on November 19th, 2012

Kimono-clad Japanese girl in Yuifin, a historic city in Kyushu.

Kimono-clad Japanese girl in Yuifin, a historic city in Kyushu.

Beppu Jigoku Meguri, literally means

Beppu Jigoku Meguri, literally means "The Hell Tour of Beppu." Eight hot springs ooze from the earth making it one of the most famous hot spring resorts in Japan.

Entrance to the 90-year old Hotel Kamenoi Bessou, which was originally the private estate of a wealthy landowner. Today, the 15 Japanese-style private cottages, all with private spring baths, reflect the rapidly disappearing charm of rural Bessou, a popular retreat for locals.

Entrance to the 90-year old Hotel Kamenoi Bessou, which was originally the private estate of a wealthy landowner. Today, the 15 Japanese-style private cottages, all with private spring baths, reflect the rapidly disappearing charm of rural Bessou, a popular retreat for locals.

The driveway at Hotel Kamenoi Bessou covered with fallen leaves, adding an autumnal charm to the rustic and picturesque resort.

The driveway at Hotel Kamenoi Bessou covered with fallen leaves, adding an autumnal charm to the rustic and picturesque resort.

Yufuin-onsen, known as

Yufuin-onsen, known as "Bungo Fuji" is a hot spring hotel on the shore of Lake Kinrin-ko in Yuifin. It has a great atmosphere and hot and cold water natural springs. There are a number of galleries, cafes and restaurants and, of coiurse, a wide choice of bathing options.

The alpine town of Yufuin in Kyushu is a popular retreat for the Japanese who come mostly for its numerous springs. It's relatively void of Westerners, but rich in Japanese food and lodgings.

The alpine town of Yufuin in Kyushu is a popular retreat for the Japanese who come mostly for its numerous springs. It's relatively void of Westerners, but rich in Japanese food and lodgings.

A colorful fall scene in Yuifin, a resort town full of mineral springs and reachable by a two-hour train ride from Fukuoka, one of the largest cities in Kyushu.

A colorful fall scene in Yuifin, a resort town full of mineral springs and reachable by a two-hour train ride from Fukuoka, one of the largest cities in Kyushu.

Built in 1853, the Oura Catholic Church, or Church of the 26 Martyrs, in Nagaski is the only Western-style building declared a national monument and the oldest church in Japan.

Built in 1853, the Oura Catholic Church, or Church of the 26 Martyrs, in Nagaski is the only Western-style building declared a national monument and the oldest church in Japan.

Interior of Nagasaki's landmark Oura Catholic Church.

Interior of Nagasaki's landmark Oura Catholic Church.

A stone monolith marks the hypocenter of where atomic bomb exploded in August 1945 over Nagasaki.

A stone monolith marks the hypocenter of where atomic bomb exploded in August 1945 over Nagasaki.

Visitors at Nagasaki's Atomic Bomb Museum.

Visitors at Nagasaki's Atomic Bomb Museum.

Visitors at Nagasaki's Atomic Bomb Museum.

Visitors at Nagasaki's Atomic Bomb Museum.

Nagasaki is a city of canals and rivers. This 17th century Sukuro Bridge over the Nakashima River is a city landmark. People often use the stones in the foreground to cross the river.

Nagasaki is a city of canals and rivers. This 17th century Sukuro Bridge over the Nakashima River is a city landmark. People often use the stones in the foreground to cross the river.

Visitors at the Nagasaki Peace Park are silhouetted against large fountains that symbolize world peace.

Visitors at the Nagasaki Peace Park are silhouetted against large fountains that symbolize world peace.

Nagasaki's Peace Park is a memorial to the victims of the atomic blast that leveled the city and was set up to remind the world about nuclear peril.

Nagasaki's Peace Park is a memorial to the victims of the atomic blast that leveled the city and was set up to remind the world about nuclear peril.

Nagasaki's Haman-Machi Mall is a sprawling complex containing hundreds of shops and stores all with magnificent city views.

Nagasaki's Haman-Machi Mall is a sprawling complex containing hundreds of shops and stores all with magnificent city views.

Vintage street trams are as iconic to Nagasaki as cable cars are to San Francisco. A few years ago there was a collective furor when city fathers proposed removing them.

Vintage street trams are as iconic to Nagasaki as cable cars are to San Francisco. A few years ago there was a collective furor when city fathers proposed removing them.

Built in the 17th century, a Dutch church stands in contrast to Nagasaki's modern buildings. The church is on Dejima Island, where Dutch traders were confined by the xenophobic lords that ruled Japan at the time.

Built in the 17th century, a Dutch church stands in contrast to Nagasaki's modern buildings. The church is on Dejima Island, where Dutch traders were confined by the xenophobic lords that ruled Japan at the time.

Kimono-clad Japanese girl in Yuifin, a historic city in Kyushu.Beppu Jigoku Meguri, literally means "The Hell Tour of Beppu." Eight hot springs ooze from the earth making it one of the most famous hot spring resorts in Japan.Entrance to the 90-year old Hotel Kamenoi Bessou, which was originally the private estate of a wealthy landowner. Today, the 15 Japanese-style private cottages, all with private spring baths, reflect the rapidly disappearing charm of rural Bessou, a popular retreat for locals.The driveway at Hotel Kamenoi Bessou covered with fallen leaves, adding an autumnal charm to the rustic and picturesque resort.Yufuin-onsen, known as "Bungo Fuji" is a hot spring hotel on the shore of Lake Kinrin-ko in Yuifin. It has a great atmosphere and hot and cold water natural springs. There are a number of galleries, cafes and restaurants and, of coiurse, a wide choice of bathing options.The alpine town of Yufuin in Kyushu is a popular retreat for the Japanese who come mostly for its numerous springs. It's relatively void of Westerners, but rich in Japanese food and lodgings.A colorful fall scene in Yuifin, a resort town full of mineral springs and reachable by a two-hour train ride from Fukuoka, one of the largest cities in Kyushu.Built in 1853, the Oura Catholic Church, or Church of the 26 Martyrs, in Nagaski is the only Western-style building declared a national monument and the oldest church in Japan.Interior of Nagasaki's landmark Oura Catholic Church.A stone monolith marks the hypocenter of where atomic bomb exploded in August 1945 over Nagasaki.Visitors at Nagasaki's Atomic Bomb Museum.Visitors at Nagasaki's Atomic Bomb Museum.Nagasaki is a city of canals and rivers. This 17th century Sukuro Bridge over the Nakashima River is a city landmark. People often use the stones in the foreground to cross the river.Visitors at the Nagasaki Peace Park are silhouetted against large fountains that symbolize world peace.Nagasaki's Peace Park is a memorial to the victims of the atomic blast that leveled the city and was set up to remind the world about nuclear peril.Nagasaki's Haman-Machi Mall is a sprawling complex containing hundreds of shops and stores all with magnificent city views.Vintage street trams are as iconic to Nagasaki as cable cars are to San Francisco. A few years ago there was a collective furor when city fathers proposed removing them.Built in the 17th century, a Dutch church stands in contrast to Nagasaki's modern buildings. The church is on Dejima Island, where Dutch traders were confined by the xenophobic lords that ruled Japan at the time.