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Kumamoto

Natural discoveries with Mount Aso and coastal Amakusa

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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..

Dining

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..

Tengaiten

Tengaiten

Kumamoto ramen takes the regional tonkotsu pork bone soup as its starting point and often adds a little chicken stock, thicker noodles compared to the north's Hakata, and—last but not least—heaps of garlic, be that mayu garlic oil, fr..

Kaiseki at Senjuan

Kaiseki at Senjuan

The kaiseki restaurant of Senjuan sits in the eastern part of Kumamoto city. It's a decent hike from the last stop on the tram line and set in a workaday neighborhood. Locals are more likely to visit the nearby kaitenzushi chain eatery Sushiro th..

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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Cherry Blossoms at Kumamoto Castle

Cherry Blossoms at Kumamoto Castle

For anyone who follows the news you will most probably remember hearing about a series of large earthquakes which shook Kyushu Island last year on 14 April 2016. Tragically among this earthquake’s many victims was the splendid Kumamoto Cas..

Cherry Blossoms at Ichifusa Dam

Cherry Blossoms at Ichifusa Dam

Ichifusa Dam within Kuma Prefectural Park is the second most popular place for cherry blossoms in Kumamoto. Approximately 10,000 blossoms were planted along the shores of the lake and you could enjoy the view while driving. During the cherry blossom ..

The Gems of Kyushu: Nagasaki and Kumamoto

The Gems of Kyushu: Nagasaki and Kumamoto

Kyushu, located south-west of the main island Honshu, is Japan’s third largest island with Fukuoka as its capital. The seven prefectures of Kyushu offer a wide range of historic, modern, and natural landscapes. Compared with the bustling city o..

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About kumamoto

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo data-display="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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