Southwestern Japan’s Kyushu Selected in WSJ’s ‘10 Best Places to Visit’: Opening of Hotels, Sightseeing Trains Among Attractions

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Left: The newly opened The Ritz-Carlton Fukuoka Right: Kyushu Railway Co.’s luxury sleeper train Seven Stars in Kyushu is seen at JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka on Oct. 14, 2023.

Kyushu was featured in The Wall Street Journal’s list of “The 10 Best Places to Visit in 2024” for the first time, The Kyushu Tourism Organization in Fukuoka announced Monday. The southwestern region in Japan was the only place listed from the country this year.

According to the organization, the U.S. newspaper mentioned the opening of luxury hotels in the region, as well as new sightseeing trains to be operated by Kyushu Railway Co., and highly regarded the region’s expanded capacity for welcoming tourists.

“We are proud of the region’s wide-ranging attractions including hot springs and cuisines as well as traditional and cultural heritages,” said a representative of the organization, adding, “We would like to further promote Kyushu in cooperation with overseas travel agencies.”

In addition, The New York Times this month chose Yamaguchi as one of the “52 Places to Go in 2024.”