Destination of Choice: Kyushu, Japan

Holiday was pretty nice – highlights were Yakushima and Yufuin. Karatsu castle had a garden with mini orchirds hanging and it was really beautiful! Our pictures don’t do it justice one bit. We ate saga beef at a restaurant listed in the travel pack and the beef was melt-in-your-mouth good!!! The chef-owner was young and very friendly too :)

Kumamoto was nice! Very relaxed place with nice people and great food! We had horse meat at a restaurant nearby the hotel. Horse meat was fab!!! Kumamoto castle was nice – top 3 in Japan and can see why. We tried black pork from a Yatai in Kagoshima – who knew you can eat pork that’s medium done?! And it melts in your mouth … the experience was also memorable.

YAKUSHIMA!!! Don’t even know how to describe it to you… it is an amazing amazing island in its own right… We loved the corner room at our hotel with a fantastic view of the sea. We hiked for 5 hours one day and came out feeling like we just visited another world. Having the chance to actually touch a 3000 yr old tree that’s still living… was just so humbling.

On our way down from Mt Aso to Yufuin… was along the mountain roads… so very very scenic views :) And we were lucky… saw a sakura tree in full bloom! Yufuin was nice!!!!!!!! Chill atmosphere and the street near our ryokan was where everyone and everything is. Hotel was very good – staff, food, accomodation…. made our stay very comfortable and memorable.

Thanks for everything! It wasn’t an easy trip with the long drives, number of hotels, ferry transfers etc so thanks for arranging everything seemlessly for us as usual!

~ Weijian & Shuping