Kyushu is a magical place. Home to some of the country’s most prominent Onsen towns, Japan’s southernmost island was a travel experience like nothing I’ve had before.

The Onsen is one of Japan’s most renowned cultural institutions. As a destination of choice for the Asian traveller, the quintessential mountain towns which house the mineral baths have somehow slipped under the radar of Western tourism. It is the simple concept of exploring a destination that is so famous within Asia, but so unknown to the rest of the world that makes this travel experience unique.