Kumamoto

Natural discoveries with Mount Aso and coastal Amakusa

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Yamaga Winter Lantern Festival

Yamaga Winter Lantern Festival

While the small city of Yamaga is best known for its summertime Obon lantern festival, the month of February sees the streets lit up in beautiful fashion. Several blocks along Yamaga’s historic trading road are decorated with illuminated paper..

Aso Fire Festival

Aso Fire Festival

The Aso region of central Kumamoto celebrates a month-long fire festival every year at the end of winter, to prepare for the upcoming growing season. Several events make up the festival, including the Dai Himonjiyaki, the main event. This involves t..

Dining

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 ..

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..

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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Manda Coal Mine

Manda Coal Mine

The winds of modernization came to Japan during the Meiji period (1868 to 1912) with the onset of the industrial revolution. Its appetite for fuel culminated with the establishment of Manda Coal Mine in Arao City. Another wave of change in the post m..

Kyushu's Mount Aso

Kyushu's Mount Aso

Making international news after erupting on 8th October 2016, Kyushu's Mount Aso once again reminded the world that it isn’t called Japan's largest active volcano for just any reason! Although referred to as Mount Aso, this volcano is a..

Kyushu's  Suizenji Gardens

Kyushu's Suizenji Gardens

A short train ride away from Kumamoto City lays the tranquil gardens of Suizenji-jouen. Famous for its early morning mist, multi-colored carp, and immaculate landscape, Suizenji typifies the natural looking beauty which can be found in so many of Jap..

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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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