Kumamon Square is the "office" of Kumamoto Prefecture's famous mascot — Kumamon. Here, visitors can see Kumamon in action as the "sales manager" for the prefecture. The attraction also consists of an exclusive souvenir store, snack stands, and an event stage. Visitors have ample photo opportunities at the square, in addition to getting up close and personal with Kumamon himself.
Created in 2010, Kumamon was a mascot that was aimed to attract more tourists to the southern Kyushu region. He achieved international stardom after winning the 2011 National Yuru-chara Mascot Competition and has been a familiar face on Kumamoto branding ever since. Kumamon's unique appearance and quirky antics, especially on his official Twitter, appealed to people worldwide. His commercial success can also be attributed to the free licensing usage — all Kumamoto products are allowed to use Kumamon and his likeness for promotion and branding.
The highlight of Kumamon Square is undoubtedly Kumamon's Office. Kumamon makes his special appearance at his office on certain days of the week; his schedule is posted on the official website. Check ahead to time your visit and catch Kumamon in action, working his hardest to promote his hometown. As the office space isn't very big, Kumamon Square may restrict visitor access should it get too crowded.
Approx. 20-minute tram or bus ride from JR Kumamoto Station to Suidocho stop
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