It is easy to see why the capital of the island of Ishigaki and it’s capital are home to the longest living people in the world. With its warm climate, delicious tasty local diet, as well as the community and cultural mentality, it is an inspiring place to visit.
The tragic site of an atomic bomb during the Second World War takes lessons from past atrocities forced on it, by focusing on peace with the iconic Peace Park, various gardens and the open friendly attitude of its inhabitants. Small winding streets yielding tiny local restaurants and quirky shops add to its appeal.
The colder northern city of Kushiro is a haven for seafood and nature lovers. Get outside the city if you can to visit the crane reserve and marshlands, and in the city, make the most of the fresh sushi in the market.
The ancient capital of Japan long before Edo (now Tokyo), Kamakura is the spiritual heart of the area. Its temples and shrines, such as the Hase Temple and Great Buddha, are shining examples of ancient Japan, which takes you back into history.
The ancient walled town of Kagoshima still has the remnants of the past visible from the ramparts, while the modern part of the city has museums, art galleries, shops and restaurants. Onsens near the outskirts bring you some local pastimes, and Sakurajima island is the top attraction to visit just off the coast.