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Kumamoto

Natural discoveries with Mount Aso and coastal Amakusa

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Things to do in Kumamoto

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Arao Rice Planting Festival

Arao Rice Planting Festival

The small town of Arao in the northwestern part of Kumamoto prefecture welcomes the rice planting season with a small festival celebrating this staple food in the Japanese diet. Arao's agriculture heritage allegedly stretched back over a mille..

Areas

Amakusa

Amakusa

Amakusa is a set of islands made up of two larger ones called Kamishima and Shimoshima and numerous smaller ones. It is filled with lush greenery and natural geological formations, and is designated as an official geopark. Amakusa is also a hilly area where locals cultivate their crops on terraces. ..

Aso

Aso

Aso is a city in Kumamoto Prefecture that lies close to Mt. Aso, and active volcano that is also one of the largest in the world. Visitors will be enthralled by its five active peaks - one of which is Mt. Nakadake, whose immense crater is accessible either by car or by the Mount Aso Ropeway. Near Mt..

Kumamoto City

Kumamoto City

Kumamoto City brims with history with Kumamoto Castle, standing since the 13th century, located here. Along with Himeji and Matsumoto Castles, Kumamoto Castle is considered a top-three castle in Japan. A perfect time to visit would be in spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, bringing vi..

Dining

Walet Cottage Cafe

Walet Cottage Cafe

Hidden away on a narrow street, Walet is nestled among houses in the countryside, but you would not miss it from the many people milling around this quaint cafe. On the day I visited, there was a small crowd outside even before it opened, chatting in..

Kitchen Seriguchi

Kitchen Seriguchi

Japan is known for its four seasons, one that reveals its charms with its flavoursome foods. In Kumamoto, these include black skinned pumpkin and citrus (dekopon) in spring, prawn (kuruma ebi) and lotus in summer, mandarin (onshu mikan) in autumn and..

Kokutei Ramen

Kokutei Ramen

Operating since 1957, Kokutei (黒亭) is one of the most famous and popular ramen shops in Kumamoto, proudly serving the local Kumamoto style - a variation on the classic tonkotsu ramen that Kyushu is famous for. Kumamoto style adds in chicken to ..

Places to stay

ANA New Sky Hotel

ANA New Sky Hotel

Most travelers to Kumamoto flock to the handful of hotels that pepper the downtown castle area of the city, such as the Nikko chain and the Castle Hotel with views of Kumamoto's fortress on the hill above. But for those who may want something a l..

Amakusa Tenku-no-Fune Hotel

Amakusa Tenku-no-Fune Hotel

Located on the top of a cliff overlooking the sea, the Tenku-no-Fune Hotel is a fantastic choice for those who are looking for the feel of a small boutique hotel coupled with five star service & meals. The facility opened in 2013 and is divided i..

Ryokan Yamanoyu

Ryokan Yamanoyu

You can't get any more central in Kurokawa Onsen than Ryokan Yamanoyu. It sits right on the main street of the town, or what passes for a main street, since only a handful of cars seem to pass every hour. If you're looking for an af..

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Suizenji Sakura Illuminations

Suizenji Sakura Illuminations

Suizenji is in an historical part of Kumamoto City. So old, that in 1636, Lord Hosakawa chose this site to build his garden, one that took 80 years and several generations to complete. Today, his legacy is celebrated each Spring with a cherry blossom..

Shirakawa Fountainhead

Shirakawa Fountainhead

The first steps to Shirakawa Suigen, or the fountainhead of the Shira River, start in an uninspiring parking lot in equally uninspiring surroundings. But after you walk under the stone torii gate you soon find yourself in the middle of a forest with ..

Unzen Amakusa National Park

Unzen Amakusa National Park

The Unzen-Amakusa National Park is located between Nagasaki and Kumamoto, in the south western island of Kyushu. Framed on three sides by the sea, a good way to get your orientation would be from Mount Unzen. Set in one of the more milder areas of Ja..

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About kumamoto

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKyushu
IslandKyushu
CapitalKumamoto
Population1,817,426
Area7,409.32 sq. km

Kumamoto is a great place to go to if you’re looking for hot springs; they’re everywhere, including the popular Kurokawa Onsen. Be sure to visit Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan’s top castles, while you’re there as well.

If you like nature, Kumamoto is also a nice destination; Suizenji Park is perfect for photographs, while Mount Aso is one of the world's largest active volcanoes. Take a look at the unique Tsujun Bridge for some architectural magnificence.

One popular activity in Kumamoto is riding the scenic Steam Locomotive Hitoyoshi; make sure you get reserve seats well in advance, as tickets sell out surprisingly quickly. Kumamoto is also famous for its raw horse sashimi; if you can't muster up the courage to try that, have some tonkotsu (pork-bone broth) noodles instead.

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