Kyushu Part II

September 6, 2017

I’m back with the remaining bits of my Kyushu Summer trip with Donna!

Having been to countless shrines in Tokyo (namely Meiji-jingu being my favourite), I wanted to check out the shrines in Kyushu too so we went to Udo Shrine which is dedicated to Yamasachihiko, the grandfather of Emperor Jimmu, the mythical first emperor of Japan! The brightly painted shrine is set in a cave on the side of a cliff overlooking the ocean and with a spectacular view kinda reminded me of Kyoto’s famous Fushimi Inari shrine. You’ll know what I mean after looking at the photos!

Since it was relatively nearby, we also drove alone the Nichinan Coast drive which is a famous sightseeing road of Miyazaki. Think Los Angeles palm trees and sea view!

Not forgetting some soft-serve ice cream! I got Hyuga Natsu citrus soft ice cream and Donna had mango soft ice cream.
I’d recommend getting the Yuzu soft serve if you’re at Horikiri Pass & Roadside Station “Pheonix” (:

We stayed at ANA Holiday Day Inn Resort for its close proximity and the hotel staff recommended this Japanese seafood restaurant which I have no absolute regret trying! SO GOOD!!!

If you know me personally, you’d know I’m a big fan of sushi, sashimi, Japanese-cooked fishes and crabs so this was such a feast for me! The fun part about this restaurant is that you can actually fish for your own lobster as they are “swimming” around you. The sashimi is sooooo fresh and the sushi is just perfect!

1-5-5 Aoshima Miyazaki Miyazaki

One of the biggest highlights of my trip has got to be this AMAZING ryokan-villa I’ve stayed in. I’ve been blessed this life to have stayed in many nice hotels/villas but this just takes the cake, HANDS DOWN. It’s the best villa I’ve stayed in Asia, with the best service and facilities possibly throughout my whole life. If you saw my Instagram story during my stay, you would have seen how humongous the space was, how we had our own movie and music room with Bang & Olufsen sound system, our private indoor and outdoor onsen, Hermes toiletries, personal chef and in-room BBQ, free flow ice cream, both alcoholic and non-alcohol drinks. Let the pictures do the talking!
Our private outdoor onsen which we spent the night stargazing.

Nestled in a bamboo forest, so blissful.

For honeymooners or if you just wanna spoil yourself, Takefue is a MUST-STAY in kyushu. I’d totally stay here again if I return to Kyushu and trust me, it’s worth every cent.

Headed back to Fukuoka city for a night via my favourite Japanese mode of transport ; Shinkansen!

We ended the last night feasting at roadside stalls and hours in Don-Quijote buying random cosmetic products and cup noodles. Such a short trip but proud of us for accomplishing so much! If you wanna follow our itinerary, you can check it out here. However, I’d recommend to do extra 1-2 more days if you wanna fully bask into the beautiful nature of Kyushu.

Thank you JNTO, Japan National Tourism Organization for having us! Can’t wait to return to Japan again (:

Sophia Chong

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