Curt I'll be going into Tokyo (Narita) and probably using a japan rail pass for the time i'm in country, (10-24),it's the cheapest way to get around. Andrew, Moosehead, thanks for the positive feedback. It's off the beaten track for sure, but sounds like worth taking the extra time to see. Whoa, 12 years on Kyushu, an expat you are, still in country?.