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Natural discoveries with Mount Aso and coastal Amakusa

About Kumamoto
Photo: Hill of narcissist in Kumamoto. – Kohji Asakawa / CC0 1.0

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Upcoming Kumamoto Events

Kikuka Winery Marche 2024

Kikuka Winery Marche 2024

May 4th - May 5th

Taking place throughout Golden Week (April 29th through to May 5th), the Kikuka Wine Festival celebrates this much-loved beverage...

3 Free Entry
Carp Streamers at Tsuetate Onsen 2024

Carp Streamers at Tsuetate Onsen 2024

Apr 1st - May 6th

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

5 Free Entry

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 ..



Tom Roseveare

Tengaiten (天外天) serves up Kumamoto ramen in the city centre – tonkotsu ramen with garlic.

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..


Places to stay in Kumamoto

Latest Kumamoto Reports

Aso Boy

Aso Boy

Guillaume Doré

Ride the Aso Boy train on the line between Kumamoto and Beppu. A nice train with a cute dog mascot and a kid playground in one of..

Cycling in Kinokura 7

Cycling in Kinokura

Bonson Lam

Who would have thought that Kumamoto is the adventure capital of Kyushu? Here you can go snowboarding and earlier in the same day,..


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 km²

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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