About Kumamoto
Region:Kyushu
Island:Kyushu
Capital:Kumamoto
Population:1,817,426
Area:7,409.32 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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Raw eggs in ramen!? I wonder what kind of taste with those.

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Ocean Arrow is really convenient. We don't have to drive long way!

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Great article Tom, you are a ramen expert!