Having left Okinawa, I returned to the Japanese mainland to begin the next phase of my journey. For five nights I’d be in the northern part of Kyushu, the westernmost of the Japan’s main islands.
The three places I’d be visiting during this phase of the trip were Fukuoka, Dazaifu, and Itoshima. My flight from Naha landed in Fukuoka where I spent the first two nights and I visited Dazaifu as a day trip from Fukuoka. I then spent three nights in Itoshima, which has become one of my favorite places in all of Japan. Itoshima has almost nothing to attract a tourist like me and yet it felt like a place that I could call home if somehow I found myself moving to Japan. I don’t think my photos will really do justice to Itoshima but hopefully you enjoy them, along with the photos from Fukuoka and Dazaifu.
If there had been more time I would have liked to visit a few additional places in Kyushu but unfortunately I wasn’t able to fit that into my schedule. Even though I’ve been to Japan twice I haven’t explored Kyushu that much (in 2017 I only visited Fukuoka and Nagasaki) and whenever Japan reopens to American tourism I’m going to try to make sure I get down further south to places like Kumamoto and Kagoshima. If any of you know about or have visited any other places in Kyushu that you think are worthwhile please let me know in the comments.