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Natural discoveries with Mount Aso and coastal Amakusa

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Yamaga Winter Lantern Festival

Yamaga Winter Lantern Festival

Feb 7 - Feb 29th

Yamaga displays illuminated paper umbrellas and and bamboo candles on winter evenings in February.

Yamaga Free
Aso Fire Festival

Aso Fire Festival

Wednesday - Mar 18th

The slopes of Mt Aso are alight with flames during the annual March fire festival.

Aso Shrine 1 Free
Carp Streamers at Tsuetate Onsen

Carp Streamers at Tsuetate Onsen

Apr 1 - May 6th

Hundreds of carp streamers are strung over the swift-flowing river at Kumamoto Prefecture's Tsuetate Onsen every year from April..

Tsuetate Onsen 5 Free

Where to eat in Kumamoto

Kokutei Ramen

Kokutei Ramen

Tom Roseveare

Operating since 1957, Kokutei (黒亭) is one of the most famous and popular ramen shops in Kumamoto, proudly serving the local ..

Bonjour Provence

Bonjour Provence

Tristan Scholze

You'll find the vibrant south of France in this home-restaurant in a forest at the southern edge of Aso, the world’s large..


Places to stay in Kumamoto


Izakaya Hama Chan

Izakaya Hama Chan

Yui Yamaguchi

Evoking Kumamoto Castle with its black walls and wood framed windows is your first impression of Izakaya Hamachan. The sign ou..


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
Region Kyushu
Island Kyushu
Capital Kumamoto
Population 1,817,426
Area 7,409.32 sq. km

Kumamoto Prefecture (熊本県, Kumamoto-ken) 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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