Kyushu Island, Japan

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Nagasaki, Beppu, Kurokawa Onsen, Takachiho, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, and Yamagawa on Kyushu Island, Japan.
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Thermally-heated mineral water bubbles up through the black beach sands at Sayuri, Fushime Hot Spring, near Yamagawa on Kyushu Island, Japan. Allowing oneself to be buried here for 20 minutes is said to have medicinal value.

Thermally-heated mineral water bubbles up through the black beach sands at Sayuri, Fushime Hot Spring, near Yamagawa on Kyushu Island, Japan. Allowing oneself to be buried here for 20 minutes is said to have medicinal value.

The Sangen-en Villa (1658) at Kagoshima on Kyushu Island, Japan, was once the residence of the Shimadzu clan which still owns the property.

The Sangen-en Villa at Kagoshima on Kyushu Island, Japan, was once the residence of the Shimadzu clan which still owns the property.

A wooden bridge over the Kotsuki River leads to the Museum of the Meiji Restoration in Kagoshima on Kyushu Island, Japan.

A wooden bridge over the Kotsuki River leads to the Museum of the Meiji Restoration in Kagoshima on Kyushu Island, Japan.

The Manai Waterfall pours over basalt cliffs in the Takachiho Gorge at Takachiho on Kyushu Island, Japan.

The Manai Waterfall pours over basalt cliffs in the Takachiho Gorge at Takachiho on Kyushu Island, Japan.

The Iwato River flows through a scenic gorge near the Amanoiwato Shrine at Takachiho on Kyushu Island, Japan.

The Iwato River flows through a scenic gorge near the Amanoiwato Shrine at Takachiho on Kyushu Island, Japan.

Shinto priests pause for a chat at the Amanoiwato Shrine in Takachiho on Kyushu Island, Japan.

Shinto priests pause for a chat at the Amanoiwato Shrine in Takachiho on Kyushu Island, Japan.

David Stanley enjoying a hotspring foot bath at Kurokawa Onsen, Kyushu, Japan.

David Stanley enjoying a hotspring foot bath at Kurokawa Onsen, Kyushu, Japan.

The Fuji-like cone of Kaimondake Volcano rises behind the steaming Yamagawa salt works near Yamagawa at the south end of Kyushu Island, Japan.

The Fuji-like cone of Kaimondake Volcano rises behind the steaming Yamagawa salt works near Yamagawa at the south end of Kyushu Island, Japan.

Steam rises from the Yamagawa salt works on the beach near Yamagawa at the southern end of Kyushu Island, Japan.

Steam rises from the Yamagawa salt works on the beach near Yamagawa at the southern end of Kyushu Island, Japan.

The sugarloaf cone of Mount Takeyama near Yamagawa at the southern end of Kyushu Island, Japan, is visible from afar.

The sugarloaf cone of Mount Takeyama near Yamagawa at the southern end of Kyushu Island, Japan, is visible from afar.

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