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Laputa Road

Did you enjoy the Studio Ghibli animation Castle in the Sky? Then you’ll fall under the spell of this part of Kyushu: the Laputa Road.

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Meoto Iwa

These two rocks connected by a thick rope and the little torii on top is one of these mysterious images that inevitably draw visitors to Japan. But if you actually go to see them won’t that strip them of their mystique forever?

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Mifuneyama Rakuen: An Avalanche of Azaleas

Near the small town of Takeo there rises Mifuneyama, a proud mountain apparently covered with heads of broccoli. But a magical gardener has passed by and poured the juice of soft fruits over them, to announce the arrival of spring. Welcome to Mifuneyama Rakuen (御船山楽園), a park that literally transports you to paradise. Mifuneyama Rakuen viewed from a drone Mifuneyama Rakuen is located in Saga prefecture in the Kyushu region of southern Japan. My visit was just after the Kumamoto earthquake but everything was OK here, the people happy and smiling. Permission was granted to use my drone and the result is fantastic. I came specifically to capture a certain angle that I desperately wanted to see for myself, but found even more amazing views from the heights! There’s supposed to be 200,000 azaleas, would you believe that? The 2,000 cherry trees (sakura) are also magnificent in autumn. In other words, if you time your visit carefully it’s a very



According to a Japanese philosopher, Amanohashidate is one of the three most famous views of Japan along with Matsushima and Miyajima.