Next up is a visit to the southern island of Kyushu, where I'll be taking in Fukuoka and Nagasaki, among other lesser-known towns and hopefully a few villages.
So I've been deep in research...
It's easy to get buried when researching your adventures in Japan. That's why it's important to find and use resources that get you to the detail you're after as easy and quickly as possible.
(Oh, and help you discover hidden-away places you've never heard of too.)
Here's a fantastic resource I've been using recently.
It's an interactive map of Japan (on the Japan Airlines website) that lets you filter your searching by island and region.
Zoom in as close as you like to see the matching number of points of interest - shrines, bars, restaurants, hotels, temples, gardens - you name it!
Single out your destination of choice and just click on it to be taken to an article about the place or look at a photo gallery, get the contact details, make your reservation, plan your itinerary.
It's unbelievably useful for getting to know your way around a region, village, city or neighbourhood before you even put a foot on Japanese soil.
Here's the link to the map to start your exploring and planning - https://jal.japantravel.com/map/jal
If you use it let me know how you get on. I'm always interested in hearing how others plan their adventures in The Real Japan. :-)
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