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

Notice: As of April 2016, the Kumamoto region has seen significant disruption to transport infrastructure resulting from the Kumamoto Earthquakes, with many tourist sites also affected. We'll be updating the site to reflect any major changes as soon as possible. More info

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.

Things to Do in Kumamoto

Latest travel features

Bridgestone Golf Range in Kumamoto

Fun lessons provided by kind and professional staff

Exploring the Japanese Countryside

If you have a car and a map, Japan is your oyster!

Suizenji Park

Miniature Japan in Kumamoto

Suizenji Cherry Blossom Festival

Be enchanted in a traditional Japanese garden

Community discussion

Yusui Tunnel Park Christmas Lights

Holiday illumination under the earth

Hi Mandy ~ any info regarding this for this season? :)

Holiday Illuminations at Hilltop

Kumamoto's massive light-up event

WoW!

Reizan, the Sake of Kumamoto

The timeless nature of Mt. Aso

Thanks for sharing! Great article.

Mizuakari Festival in Kumamoto

54,000 lights create a fantastic night festival

Hi Olga, it will be on 8-Oct & 9-Oct this year (2016). Here is the link - http://mizuakari.net/page/2 . Thanks for asking!