【NagasakiStroll】Why Not Kyushu? Come and View the Gorgeous 99 Islands

13.March.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

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Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka… A majority of tourists would always start and end their Japan trip within these prefectures. These prefectures are very lovely places, but why not come sightseeing in Kyushu! If you want to experience something different from other tourists, Nagasaki would be a great place to visit.

In Kyushu there are many wonderful prefectures like Kumamoto for the castle, Oita for onsens, Fukuoka for ramen, and then comes Nagasaki. Today I will show you one of my favorite places of all in Nagasaki prefecture.IMG_6338

 

Look at this amazing view, full of green and blue. Can you count how many islands there are in this photo? There are about 17 islands within this picture, but there are actually more than 200 islands!

This place is called 99 Island Pearl Sea Resort (Kujyu-kushima). 99 refers to “many”, and there are actually 208 islands.

Pearl Sea Resort offers a fantastic way to enjoy the view of these beautiful islands.

They have a harbor offering sightseeing boats, the elegant boat Pearl Queen, and the colorful vessel, Mirai that will cruise around the islands.

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You can enjoy the cruise both below and above decks on the boats. I enjoyed being outside, especially at the top of the deck where I could feel the breeze. We cruised around numerous islands and were able to see oyster rafts for pearl cultivation and ducks that were swimming nearby.

Adult: ¥ 1440

Child: ¥ 700

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You can also enjoy various types of marine life found in the local waters at Umikirara Aquarium! Entrance is ¥ 1440 for adults (¥ 720 children).

 

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Last but not least, my most favorite spot!

There is a natural land bridge created by blocks of stones by the beach where you can walk across on the days at special low tides. It only happens once or twice every month so if you’re lucky, you might be able to walk on the bridge to the mini gate at the end of the land bridge!

 

 

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■Writer:Jessica

■SNS:mintbaaby / instagram

■Information:

99 Island Pearl Sea Resort

Address: 1008 Saseboshi Kashimaechou Nagasakiken 858-0922

Telephone: 0956-28-4187

Access: 25min by bus from JR Sasebo Station.

WEB:http://www.pearlsea.jp/english/

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■Related article:Scarlett’s Kawaii Kyushu Part 1: Beppu

■Related article:Scarlett’s Kawaii Kyushu Part 2: Kumamoto

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    The “kibiore” sweetening, which will be sold from September 8th, is a cafe au lait base mixed with speciality coffee home brewed by Yamada Coffee in Amami in Kagoshima and non‐centrifugal cane sugar taken from locally grown sugar cane on the Amami Islands.
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    The shop’s speciality coffee uses 100% high quality coffee beans that meet international standards which are blended to create a balance that maintains the beans’ rich flavour even when used in in a cafe au lait, and also leaves a fresh and smooth aftertaste.
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    The sugar is made from 100% non‐centrifugal cane sugar that comes from exceptional local sugarcane grown on the Amami Islands which has been grown in lots of sunlight in the South.
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    ■Information
    Kibiore (sweetening)
    On sale Friday September 8th
    Price: ¥1,600 (tax incl.)
    Shelf Life: 1 year from the day of manufacturing
    Storage: Store at room temperature and keep out of direct sunlight.
    How to Use: Shake well. Use 4 parts milk. Drink.
    Available: In-store at Yamada Coffee and online
    Link: https://amamiycoffee.theshop.jp/items/7888915
    “Yamada Coffee Amami Island”
    285-4 Kasaricho Oaza Wano, Amami, Kagoshima Prefecture, 894-0503
    Official Website: https://amamiycoffee.theshop.jp/
    *Non-centrifugal cane sugar: A variety of sugar produced differently than regular sugar. Because the sugar crystals and cane juice of the molasses are solidified and crystallised and not separated, the sweetness and flavour of the raw ingredient create a much stronger flavoured sugar.
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    Continuing with Instagram, there are several cute photo spots inside the café. There are 3 different areas with wall art of an Angel’s wing and there are also swings here that will bring back your childhood memories.

     

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    Not only can you come and BBQ with your friends on the weekend, but you can also show up after work on a weekday to refresh and have a nice relaxing time.

    Reservation:

    • Beach Café Area with Parasol and Sofa ¥1000
    • Beach Café Area with Pergola Bed ¥2000
    • Wild BBQ ¥4500 (Kids under 10 ¥1500)
    • Wild BBQ for Girls Night Out ¥3900
    • Beach BBQ (¥5500) (Kids under 10 ¥2500)
    • Beach BBQ for Girls Night Out ¥4900
    • Luxury BBQ ¥7500 (Kids under 10 ¥3500)
    • Luxury BBQ for Girls Night Out ¥6900
    • Glamping BBQ ¥15,000 (Kids under 10 ¥5500)
    • Glamping BBQ for Girls Night Out ¥12,500
    • You can make any plan into all you can drink set with +¥1500
    • You must make a reservation if you are planning on going on Fridays or weekends and the reservation must be made a month prior.

     

    There are also free café spaces where you do not need to make any reservations so feel free to come in any time!

     

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    The Tokyo Sky Resort Wild Beach (Shinjuku) will be opened until September 30th, 2017!

     

    Writer:Jessica

    ■Information:

    Location: Lumine EST rooftop

    Address: 3-38-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

    Open Hours: 11:00am- 23:00pm

    Phone: 070-3884-7290

     

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  • Natural forest will become a space of interactive-art! “Koou Suru Mori to Shiroato – Kushimazaki Juso”

    13.May.2017 | SPOT

    Team Labo will hold “Koou Suru Mori to Joseki – Kushimazaki Juso” at Omura Shrine which stands on Kushima Shiro Ato”

    Kushimazaki Juso is a place which became a natural forest after the Kushima Castle was deserted. The place includes huge trees.

    Floating, Resonating Spheres – Omura Shrine
    teamLab, 2017, Interactive Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
    The project is to combine the mysterious natural forest and modern technology.

    Oomura Park will become an interactive digital art location which changes its form by the passing of people. The project includes “Koou Suru Mori to Joseki – Kushimazaki Juso,”which is an art event where colors and the resonating of sounds change when  a person walks by and “Fuyu suru, Koou suru Kyutai,”where a light bulb bobs up and down in the center of the shrine grounds.

    This event will be held between the 3rd of June, 2017 (Sat) and the 2nd of July (Sun) and “Kashobu Maturi” will be held on the 4th of June (Sun) from 11:00 to 15:00. In the largest Kasyobu Park in Kyusyu, 171 kinds of Kashobu (300 thousands of Kashobu) will showcase the park until mid June.

    呼応する森と城跡 – 玖島崎樹叢 / Resonating Forest and Castle Ruins – Kushimazaki Tree Flora
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    The scene where the light bulb sparkles and fades out looks like it is breathing. Let’s experience the world of interactive art which combines nature and digital artforms.

     

    ■Information

    Resonating Forest and Castle Ruins – Kushimazaki Tree Flora
    Event period: June 3rd, 2017 (Sat) to July 2nd (Sun)
    Omura Park, Omurashi, Nagasaki Prefecture (Kushimazaki Juso / Omori Shrine) (〒856-0834  45-3 1-Chome, Kushima, Omurashi, Nagasaki Prefecture)
    ※The event will be cancel depending on the weather conditions.
    ※Elementary school students must come with their parents and a group consisting of only junior high / high school students must leave the venue before 20:30.

    Official site:https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/omura/

    Kashobu Maturi:http://www.city.omura.nagasaki.jp/kankousuishin/event/h28/20160605.html

     

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