Shurijo Castle
Shurijo Castle was the seat of the Ryukyu Kingdom for approximately 500 years until the late 19th century. The beautiful Main Palace is an impressive example of Ryukyu-style architecture.


The Cape Busena Coast
Cape Busena, overlooking a dazzling coral reef, is currently undergoing development as a major resort. The site of the 2000 G8 Summit's Leaders Meeting has been constructed at the tip of the Cape.


The Nakamura House
The Nakamura House was constructed approximately 280 years ago during the Ryukyu Dynasty. It is a good representation of the period's upper-class farming residences and is a designated major cultural asset.


Kagura is a sacred Shinto dance. Every year, homes in Takachiho, a key location in Japanese mythology, offer a sequence of 33 yokagura (night kagura) dances, held throughout the night.


Udo Shrine
White-crested waves of the cobalt-blue sea, lush subtropical greenery shimmering under the southern sun, and the vermilion-painted Udo Shrine blend to create this magnificent scene.


Kirishima Volcanic Mountain Range
This mountain range contains over 20 volcanoes including Mt. Takachiho, the setting of mythology regarding the advent of the Sun-Goddess's grandson. It is part of Kirishima-Yaku National Park.


Hakata Dontaku Port Festival
Tens of thousands of people participate in the parade and events of this annual festival held on May 3rd and 4th. The name Dontaku is derived from zondag, which is Dutch for "holiday."


Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
Approximately 2-million worshippers visit this Shrine during the first three days of the New Year alone. It is dedicated to Michizane Sugawara, a scholar, imperial minister and patron god of learning.


Boating on the Yanagawa Canals
Yanagawa is a former castle town crisscrossed by a web of numerous canals. Visitors can enjoy a feeling of old Japan, as they ride small Japanese boats, pushed gently along the river by a boatman with a long bamboo pole.


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