The southernmost of the major islands of Japan, in the southwest on the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
One of the four main islands of Japan, south of Honshu: 16,276 sq mi (42,155 sq km); chief city, Nagasaki.
Alternative spelling of Kyushu.
Origin of kyushu
From 九州 (きゅうしゅう Kyūshū, “Nine States”), from Middle Chinese 九 (kjúw "nine") + 州 (t͡ʃjuw "province", "prefecture").