Kamigoto in the Goto Islands

Christian churches, local delicacies, scenic beauty

By Tristan Scholze    - 1 min read

The Goto Islands, west of mainland Kyushu, spread into the East China Sea and hold a history distinct from that of other parts of Japan. Visit and find out why twenty-nine unique little churches dot this little island of 20,000 people, with one of them being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kamigoto attracts visitors also for its scenic landscapes and traditional cuisine. Some of the best beaches in Japan are here, and the coasts are beautiful for water sports. Try out the excellent food and drink—but go a step further and learn to prepare it yourself!

Getting there

Rural Kamigoto is isolated but easily accessible from Fukuoka, Nagasaki, and Sasebo. There’s an airport near Kashiragashima Church. The ferries offer a comfortable ride with agreeable scenery as you move out of the big city ports, over the low waves with sea birds and flying fish, and up to the alluring crags and deep green hills of the islands.

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Tristan Scholze

Tristan Scholze @tristan.scholze

I'm also known as Faer Out. I love learning about people and nature. I've traveled around the world and throughout Japan, and I hope to continue seeing and experiencing the wonder of this planet as long as I live.Based in Japan for nearly two decades, I'm the Regional Partner here for Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures. In addition to my work at JapanTravel, I have a language school called Rainbow Bridges English Academy in Fukuoka and am very interested in teaching, languages, communication, and photography, among other things. Recently, I've been a guest host on NHK World's J-Trip Plan for Caving Adventures in Western Japan as well as Exploration for Black Gold.I love heading downtown to meet up with friends for a night out as well as being able to hop on my motorcycle and be riding through forest-covered mountains or to sandy beaches in 20 minutes. This area is very photogenic and even after years of exploration, there are still plenty of places to discover each weekend! My photographs are available for purchase on iStock, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime or by contacting me.Please contact me if you have any questions about travel in Japan. I'd also be grateful for any follows on social media!

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Bonson Lam a month ago
Flying fish and rugged cliffs, this is truly nature coming alive!