I know that Kyushu isn’t as popular a destination as say, Tokyo or Osaka or even Hokkaido, but now that I’m living here, I’ll be doing all I can to promote this area. And let me start by introducing one of my favourite spots – Huis ten Bosch in Nagasaki, Japan.
And when I say favourite, I mean favourite. I’ve already been there three times since I’ve moved here (good thing I got a one-year pass!).
So let’s start with the ways of getting there. If you’re making your way around, I recommend buying the two-way ticket (二枚切符nimai kippu) from the JR stations. It’s cheaper than buying the tickets each way, and if I remember correctly, you can use it within a month of purchase, making it quite flexible. Then, from Hakata station, you can take a train straight towards Huis ten Bosch:
From Hakata, it’s about a two-hour ride to Huis ten Bosch, so sit back, relax and enjoy the journey!
I think this is the only direct train, and unfortunately the first train is fairly late while the last train is very early. Which means I recommend staying at least one night at Huis ten Bosch. Don’t worry, you won’t regret it.
Huis ten Bosch is famous for its flowers and for looking European. If you don’t believe me, take a look at this:
And if you’re a One Piece fan, there’s this (left):
And being surrounded by water, the best way to get around would be by a canal boat. It’s extremely scenic.
Another place I highly recommend going would be to Dom Toren. This tower has the best views of Huis Ten Bosch (below):
The night views are fantastic:
I would actually recommend coming to Kyushu for Huis ten Bosch, I love the place that much (it’s a source of fascination among my Japanese friends). This is a beautiful place that is suitable destination for families, friends or even just yourself.
Link to English site: http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp
a Singaporean Gal saying 'Hi' from Kyushu Japan