Kyushu

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Regions of Japan: Kyushu in orange.

Kyushu (九州; Kyūshū) is the third largest island of Japan and most southerly and westerly of the four main islands. Kyushu means "nine provinces." It originally had 9 provinces, but now only seven prefectures: Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Miyazaki, and Oita.

Most people travel to Kyushu by shinkansen bullet train to Hakata Station in Fukuoka, or by plane to the major cities.

Other regions of Japan: Hokkaido | Tohoku | Kanto | Chubu (Hokuriku, Koshin'etsu, Tokai) | Kansai | Chugoku (San'yo and San'in) | Shikoku | Kyushu | Okinawa

Other major islands: Hokkaido, Shikoku, and Honshu.