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Kyushu / Okinawa Area

Fukuoka

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Fukuoka has the largest economy in the Kyushu area. It is a major transportation hub and has land access to and from the mainland through the Shinkansen, with many air routes as well from Tokyo and Osaka. It is also just three hours away from Korea by high-speed boat. Fukuoka was once bustling with Japan’s first contemporary steel factory, the Yahata Steel Works, as well as the Chikuho Coalfield and the Miike Coal Mine. They have all closed down now, becoming valuable industrial sites that show us the development of contemporary Japanese history. Currently thriving industries are iron and steel manufacturing, as well as automobile-related production. Its agriculture is known for the Amao brand strawberries due to its warm climate. Fukuoka takes pride in being one of Japan’s largest producers of bluefin tuna and pufferfish, and holds one of the largest domestic market shares in seaweed farming. Hakata dolls, its traditional craft, are also popular works of art.

Fukuoka Sengyo Ichiba

It is a local fresh fish market that was established in 1955 and has been operating as a major base for shipping and supplying not only to the whole of Fukuoka ...

Location : Fukuoka-City, Fukuoka
Language : Japanese only

Fukuoka Soy sauce Brewing Cooperation

It was established as a cooperative raw soy sauce-producing plant in 1967 and it has started producing processed flavorings in 1991 alongside since then. ...

Location : Chikushino-City, Fukuoka
Language : Japanese only

KITAKYUSHU ECO TOWN

The eco-town project, the business with the aim of "be utilized as...

Location : Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka
Language : Japanese and English

KITAKYUSHU ENVIRONMENT MUSEUM

The Higashida area in Yahata-Higashi ward of Kitakyushu City is called "Smart Community."
Due to factors including the establishment of ...

Location : Kitakyushu-City, Fukuoka
Language : Japanese and English

Mojiko Local Beer Brewery

"Mojiko Local Beer is one of the microbrew in Kitakyushu city. We use...

Location : Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka
Language : Japanese Only

Ryushodo Co., Ltd.

A company creating Japanese and Western confectionery and bread, founded in 1924. ...

Location : Yame-city, Fukuoka
Language : Japanese, English (Brochure/accompanying guide)

Shabondama Soap

Shabondama Soap Co. Ltd., produces and sells soap that is completely...

Location : Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka
Language : Japanese Only

Takaha Kiko Co., Ltd.

A solenoid manufacturing company, founded in December 1979. From parts to finished products, we employ an integrated production system comprised of various processing technologies ...

Location : Iizuka-city, Fukuoka
Language : Japanese, English (Brochure/video/images)

TOTO MUSEUM (TOTO.LTD)

The TOTO Museum is dedicated to bathroom facilities and equipment including world-class warm heated seat with washing(bidet) function. ...

Location : Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka
Language :
Japanese
English (Signage/brochure/video/accompanying guide) Confirmation in advance is required to confirm that a guide is available
Chinese (Signage/brochure/video)
Chinese (Signage/brochure/video)
Korean (Signage/brochure/video)
Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay, Spanish, German, French (Brochure)

Water Plaza Kitakyushu

The Water Plaza was established by an independent administrative institution, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), with ...

Location : Kitakyushu-City, Fukuoka
Language : Japanese

Kagoshima

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Located at the southern end of Kyushu, Kagoshima consists of over 20 islands and the mainland bordered by other prefectures. It is active in agriculture and remains an avid producer of sweet potatoes to this day. Sweet potatoes are known as satsuma imo, which comes from Kagoshima’s name during the early modern period, Satsuma, and the Japanese word for potatoes, imo. Kagoshima also grows tea, sugar canes, pumpkins, and peas, and is also known for livestock farming, garnering popularity for its high-end meat such as black pork and Kagoshima black beef. It is also dotted with unique hot springs, including the steam sand bath in which you are buried in the sand to keep warm. It is also known for Yakushima, an island with ancient forests listed as a world heritage site, as well as Tanegashima, another island with the largest rocket launching site in Japan. Kagoshima’s traditional craft, Oshima weave, is woven silk with 1,300 years of history. It is held in high regard and is considered the most luxurious textile in Japan.

Denbeegura

Denbeegura was founded as a hand-made shochu distillery in the first year of the Meiji Period (1868). ...

Location : Ichikikushikino-City, Kagoshima
Language : Japanese

Hamada Syuzou Denzouingura

Located in the city of Ichikikushikino, which faces the East China Sea, Hamada Syuzou Denzouingura is a company which continues to evolve in order to seek out new potential for honkaku (authentic) shochu. ...

Location : Ichikikushikino-City, Kagoshima
Language : Japanese

KOMASA JYOZO

Shochu company, established in 1883...

Location : Hioki-city, Kagoshima
Language : Japanese, English

Kurozu Factory shop & Restaurant

"Sakamoto Kurozu", artisan amber rice vinegar made of premium-rice, ...

Location : Hioki-city, Kagoshima
Language : Japanese, English, Chinese, Spanish

Nakahara Suisan Co., Ltd.

Makurazaki Dashi Shop (:Company) “Katsuichi” deals with “Katsuo Senbei” (:Bonito Cracker) and “Umami Chabushi”(:Tea Miso Soup), ...

Location : Makurazaki-city, Kagoshima
Language :
Japanese
English (Brochure/video/images/accompanying guide)
Chinese (Brochure/video/images)

Satsuma Kinzangura

Kinzangura sits in a mountain setting, a short drive away from downtown Ichikikushikino City. ...

Location : Ichikikushikino-City, Kagoshima
Language : Japanese

Satsuma Muso


Location : Kagoshima-city, Kagoshima
Language : Japanese and English

SHIMODOZONO

Green tea cultivator, manufacturer and wholesaler.

Location : Kagoshiima-city, Kagoshima
Language : Japanese and English

Yachiyoden Distilling

We always aim to make the best Shochu, and...

Location : Tarumizu-city, Kagoshima
Language : Japanese and English

Kumamoto

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Kumamoto’s mascot, Kumamon, is popular throughout Japan. Kumamoto is surrounded by mountains on three sides—one of them is a caldera called Mt. Aso. It is generally warm, except in the inlands where temperatures vary largely and heavy rainfall occurs occasionally. The soft rushes used for making tatami mats are mostly from Kumamoto. Watermelon, tomato, eggplant, ginger, and melon farming is active in Kumamoto, and technological advancements are now being in order to export the produce. Western Kumamoto is adjacent to the bays connecting to the East China Sea. Shad and shellfish are fished in the shallow Ariake Sea, and yellowtail and sea bream are farmed in the Yatsushiro Sea to the south. Its manufacturing industry is similar to the rest of Kyushu, making it home to semiconductor and automobile-related companies. The logistics industry is also gathering with the development of the highway network.

Fukano Distillery

Since our company's founding in 1823, we have produced mainly rice shochu, but also other products such as vegetable shochu and coffee liqueur with no sugar ...

Location : Hitoyoshi-City, Kumamoto
Language : Japanese only

Matsuai Food

Matsuai Food, Inc. has been producing soy sauce, miso, vinegar and other seasonings since 1827 in Shiranui Uki, Kumamoto, which is blessed with mild climate ...

Location : Uki-City, Kumamoto
Language : Japanese (English and Chinese, depending on available guides)

Yebisumiso

Our company produces amazake made without using preservatives or sweeteners. Amazake, which literally means "sweet sake", is a traditional sweet, ...

Location : Kumamoto-City, Kumamoto
Language : Japanese only

Miyazaki

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Miyazaki is bordered by the Kyushu Mountains to the west and the sea to the east. It is warm throughout the year, with long hours of sunlight and the tropical beauty of the Nichinan Coast stretching from the center to the south making it a popular sightseeing destination. Its warm weather is fit for vegetable and fruit cultivation, which mostly revolves around cucumbers, green bell peppers, mangos, and the Miyazaki-sourced citrus fruit called hyuganatsu. Miyazaki is a prominent producer of livestock including cattle, pigs, and chicken, and Miyazaki beef has come out on top four times as of 2017 at the National Japanese Beef Ability Expo, which is held every five years. It is also active in fishery and forestry, marked by a large production of cedar wood as well as skipjack tuna caught using pole-and-line fishing. Wood from its dense forests is also used in traditional crafts. A famous example is Miyazaki rokuro, which is carved wooden tableware.

Takachiho Farm

It is owned by Minami Nihon Rakuno Kyodo Co., Ltd. and has various facilities such as farms, manufacturing plants, and biogas plants. You can see the process of ...

Location : Miyakonojo-City, Miyazaki
Language : Japanese only

Minami Nihon Rakuno Kyodo

The company was founded in July of 1960, and marked its 50th anniversary in 2010. It manufactures and sells a wide range of dessert and beverage products, ...

Location : Miyakonojo-City, Miyazaki
Language : Janapnese only

Nagasaki

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Nagasaki has an active marine industry due to the long coastline created by isolated islands and small peninsulas and it had the largest production of Japanese horse mackerel, Pacific bluefin tuna, red sea bream, and horned turban in 2013. It adopted foreign cultures despite the Japanese isolation policy during the early modern period thanks to Dejima, an island in the area and the only place foreigners were allowed to enter. This gave birth to Western-style foods, such as a Japanese sponge cake called castella. Manufacturing work is conducted in Sasebo, which is known as the shipbuilder’s town. Nagasaki is also blessed with varied landforms and nature, which helps promote diverse kinds of produce, in particular loquats, potatoes, strawberries, and beef cattle. Tortoiseshell work made of imported raw materials is a symbolic traditional craft of Nagasaki.

CHOKO SHOYU

Our factory was established under the concept of...

Location : Omura-city, Nagasaki
Language : Japanese Only

Furuse Ltd.

Furuse’s somen noodles are made of selected flour and high-quality water from the streams of the Unzen mountains, ...

Location : Minamishimabara-city, Nagasaki
Language : Japanese

GENKAI SHUZO

"Iki" is the birthplace of mugi shochu, the authentic ...

Location : Iki-city, Nagasaki
Language : Japanese Only (Brochures in English and Chinese language versions are available.)

House of Kurawan-Kan

Experience pottery at “the House of Kurawan-Kan.” Here you can experience the shaping of ceramic ware either by hand or potter’s ...

Location : Higashisonogigun, Nagasaki
Language : Japanese

Huis Ten Bosch

"Nagasaki Next-Generation Energy Park" opened in March 2009...

Location : Sasebo-city, Nagasaki
Language : Japanese Only

Kobayashijin Seimen Co., Ltd.

Founded in 1908, “Kobayashijin” has produced hand-made Shimabara somen noodles for more than 100 years. ...

Location : Minamishimabara-City, Nagasaki
Language : Japanese

Motomura Seimen-kojo

Our noodle factory is located in Sugawa in Minamishimabara City, which is known as the birthplace of Shimabara somen noodles. ...

Location : Minamishimabara-City, Nagasaki
Language : Japanese

Tarami Corporation

Tarami Corporation provides consumers with various kinds of fruits from ...

Location : Isahaya-city, Nagasaki
Language : Japanese only

Tenobe-jinkawa Ltd.

“Tenobe-Jinkawa” is located in Kitaarima-cho in Minamishimabara City, the south-western part of the Shimabara Peninsula in Nagasaki Prefecture. ...

Location : Minamishimabara-City, Nagasaki
Language : Japanese

the East Nagasaki Sewage Treatment Plant

The environmental equipment "METHASAURUS" was installed ...

Location : Nagasaki-city, Nagasaki
Language : Japanese, English, Chinese

Village of Goto-Udon

Hand-stretched goto udon noodles are fine, elastic, and chewy, made with camellia oil that gives these noodles their characteristic smooth texture. ...

Location : Minamimatsuuragun, Nagasaki
Language : Japanese

Oita

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True to its slogan as the prefecture of hot springs, Oita has many hot spring resorts. Among them, the most nationally-renowned are Beppu, with large amounts of water emerging at the source, and Yufuin, with beautiful landscapes and water quality. Oita attracts many overseas tourists, especially from neighboring countries such as Korea and China. Usuki City in eastern Oita is known for its Usuki Stone Buddhas, which are carved directly into the exposed rock faces of cliffs. They are the only stone buddhas designated as national treasures. Mackerel and horse mackerel caught in the fast-flowing Hoyo Strait have a powerful branding identity and are called Seki mackerel and Seki horse mackerel. Oita is also known for Bungo beef and Shamo chicken. Northern Oita is home to as automobile industry as well as iron, steel, and petroleum companies. Onta ware, known for its unique crafting technique used to create beautiful patterns, is designated as a national intangible cultural property.

Ajimu Winery

Ajimu Winery grows high-quality grapes by taking advantage of the temperature fluctuations found in the extreme climate unique to this region. The winery brews ...

Location : Usa-City, Oita
Language : Japanese
English, Korean, Chinese (pamphlet only)

Fujijin Soy Sauce Manufacturing Plant

・This soy sauce manufacturing plant was jointly completed in 1984 by 38 soy sauce manufacturers producers from the prefecture, with Fujijin playing a cen...

Location : Usuki-City, Oita
Language : Japanese only

Iichiko Hita Distillery

As a sake producer that develops raw sake, Iichiko Hita Distillery is devoted to every advanced technique for producing shochu, including utilizing raw sake mad...

Location : Hita-City, Oita
Language : Japanese
English (pamphlet only)

Kyushu Electric Power

Hacchobaru Pavilion was established adjacent to Kyushu Electric Power in a pleasant location overlooking the Kuju Mountain area. The facility explains matters, ...

Location : Kusu-gun, Oita
Language : Japanese
English, Korean (pamphlet only)

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation

Oita Steelworks has a super-size facility that is one of the largest in the world. It uses state-of-the-art technologies and is situated on an expansive site sp...

Location : Oita-City, Oita
Language : Japanese
English, Chinese, Korean(pamphlet only)

Sunasuberu Foods

・Sunasuberu Foods is a company wholly owned by Fujijin Co., Ltd.
・The company is named Sunasuberu Foods out of the desire to produce foods th...

Location : Usuki-City, Oita
Language : Japanese only

Saga

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Saga is in northwestern Kyushu and is only about 200 kilometers away from the Korean Peninsula. The Yoshinogari Ruins from the Yayoi period (10th century B.C. - 3rd century A.D.) display continental influence through intricate ornaments and rice culture. Saga’s specialties include the world-renowned ancient crafts of Arita and Imari ware, establishing Saga’s status as a major Japanese ceramics producer to this day. To the southeast, it is adjacent to an inland sea called the Ariake Sea. The sea has a mixture of fresh and salt water and a large tidal range, creating a great environment for farming seaweed and making Saga a prominent producer of seaweed. The Ariake Sea’s mudflats are known as a habitat for plovers and sandpipers and were registered as a Ramsar site in 2015.

Amabuki Shuzo Co., Ltd.

Made from rice, rice mold and water from Japan’s natural environment, sake is known as one of the most exquisite alcoholic beverages in the world. ...

Location : Miyaki-gun, Saga
Language : Japanese, English (Signage)

Arita Porcelain Park

It is located in the same area as Munemasa Shuzo storehouse and is being operated by the company. Many Arita wares are displayed in the park that are thought ...

Location : Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga
Language : Japanese only

China On The Park

China On The Park is owned by the pottery FUKAGAWA-SEIJI, which has approximately 120 years of history and was appointed as a Japanese Imperial Household ...

Location : Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga
Language : Japanese (*English speaking staff can be prepared if reservation is made beforehand)

Hataman Touen Corporation

With the historical background of being the Nabeshima Clan kiln, we have succeeded the traditional craft art of Imari Nabeshima porcelain and committed to creation of a new Nabeshima brand. ...

Location : Imari-City, Saga
Language : Japanese, English (Brochure/accompanying guide)

Munemasa Shuzo

The company was established in 1985 in Arita as Nishi Arita Shuzo Co. first and started producing Shochu and Japanese sake in 1990. Here you can see the ...

Location : Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga
Language : Japanese only

Muraoka Sohonpo Youkan Museum

Muraoka Sohonpo Youkan Museum opened in March 1984 next to the Muraoka Sohonpo Ogi-Honten shop after renovation of a brick-built storehouse for sugar which was built in 1941. ...

Location : Ogi-city, Saga
Language : Japanese

Saga Balloon Museum

Saga International Balloon Fiesta is one of Asia’s largest hot-air balloon competitions, which is held in autumn in Saga Prefecture and features over 100 balloons from all over the world. ...

Location : Saga-city, Saga
Language : Japanese, English (Signage/brochure)

Shinemon

The Shinemon Kiln mainly creates yohen ware, using glazes such as ruby-red cinnabar and crystal glaze, and, with the slogan of "brilliance of form, ...

Location : Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga
Language : Japanese and English

Yosooidokoro Futaba

A fancy and fashionable shop which allows guests to see and touch kimonos and even pick out some to wear. ...

Location : Saga City, Saga
Language : Japanese, English (Signage/brochure), Chinese (Signage), Thai (Signage/brochure)

Okinawa

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Located at the southernmost end of Japan, Okinawa’s climate is categorized as subtropical, maintaining a temperature higher than 10 degrees Celsius even during the winter. Its produce is also tropical and includes sugar cane and pineapples. Okinawa creates its own landscape distinct from other areas in Japan. It has an active tourism industry revolving around resorts that take advantage of the beautiful seas and nature and Shuri Castle, a historical site from the Ryukyu Kingdom period. These attract many tourists from both in and out of the country. Okinawa’s traditional craft is Ryukyu Bingata, which is resist-dyed cloth. The craft was developed during the Ryukyu Kingdom period, with influences from China, India, and Southeast Asia.

A store specializing in the salt "Ma-suya" (Kokusai Street Store/Heiwa Street Store/Ishigaki Store/Miyako Store/Matsuo Store/Yukisio Kokusai Street Store)

Many kinds of salts from around the world are assorted in the store. We are one of the largest stores specializing in salt in Japan. You can receive advice from...

Location : Naha-City, Ishigaki-City, Miyakojima-City, Okinawa
Language : Japanese only (possible in Chinese at Kokusai Street Store, Heiwa Street Store and Matsuo Store)

Gala Aoiumi

Tour of salt factory, restaurant, shop operation. Pottery, glass blowing experience workshop. Great view of the sea.

Location : Nakagami-gun, Okinawa
Language : Japanese only

Okinawa Kokuto

Free factory tour of brown sugar processing and brown sugar refining experience workshop
*You can make your own brown sugar (incurs a charge and requires ...

Location : Nakagami-gun, Okinawa
Language : Japanese only

Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau

Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) provides various types of support to visitors to Okinawa Prefecture as a parent organization for promoting tourism, ...

Location : Naha-City, Okinawa
Language : Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean

RYUKYU GLASS CRAFT

In Okinawa, there are many traditional crafts nurtured by its unique history, culture and nature. Ryukyu Glass is among them. Bright colors of a southern land a...

Location : Itoman-City, Okinawa
Language : Japanese
English(guidance board, pamphlet)
Chinese, Korean( pamphlet)

Simanoeki Miyako

We are a small shopping center for a special farm and processed products of Miyakojima island. We also have a café, bakery, noodle shop and fish shop.

Location : Miyakojima-City, Okinawa
Language : Japanese only

Yukisio Museum

We make sea salt named "Yukisio" made from underground seawater of Miyakojima island. Yukisio listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the salt with ...

Location : Miyakojima-City, Okinawa
Language : Japanese Only