In the winter of 2017 we set off on a “shachuhaku” circumnavigation of Kyushu. This account gives information and insights into various places of interest.

We take a look at the Ariake  and then Amakusa. Then later, in the Ibusuki area, we visit the onsen with one of the best views in Japan.  In Miyazaki there are swallows in December and a tropical shrine. Monkeys and Banyan trees add to this unseasonal feeling.

On the way home, we discover “Little Tibet” an unusual temple near Hita.

We hope this account provides an introduction to places not necessarily on the major tourist agendas. It also shows a Kyushu circumnavigation shachuhaku trip is quite possible even in December.