Spots in Kumamoto Area

  • Kumamoto Castle
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    4.5
    2680 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Honmaru 1-1
    In 1607, Kato Kiyomasa built a castle in a hilly area called Chausuyama, which is one of the three premier castles in Japan. Thereafter, Kumamoto Castle has been a stage of a diverse history for 400 years from the Middle Ages to the present age. Castle buildings from those days are also in existence, and 13 of the buildings have been designated as Important Cultural Properties of Japan. Kumamoto Castle was damaged in the Kumamoto earthquake which occurred in April 2016, and restoration work is currently still under way.

    Its sad while the castle destroyed by earthquake back to 2016, but here you can saw their japanese workmanship spirit in how they trying to recover the whole thing

  • Suizen-ji Joju-en Garden (Suizenji Park)
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    4.0
    762 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Suizenjikouen 8-1
    This strolling garden has been noted as one of Japan's Places of Scenic Beauty as well as a Historic Site. Construction of the garden was started by Lord Hosokawa Tadatoshii, who was the first Hosokawa lord of the Higo province and Kumamoto, and would continue for three generations. The large 10,000 square meter lake in the garden is filled with water from the Aso spring. The park opens at 7:30 AM from March to October and at 8:30 AM from November to February and a morning stroll is highly recommended. Horseback archery events are held in the spring and fall and during the summer Noh theater performances are held by fire light. Entrance to the park is a three-minute walk from the Suizenji Park stop on the Kumamoto streetcar.

    Cane here in the morning and was not crowded. There is fake Mt Fuji and many bonzai trees. The cherry trees and plum trees were not blooming when we were here.

  • Katsuretsu Tei (Shinshigai Main Restaurant)
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    4.5
    433 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Shinshigai 8-18 Hayashi Building 1F
    This Japanese restaurant specializing in pork cutlets is in Chuo Ward, Kumamoto City. They use high-quality Roppaku Kurobuta brand pork raised on Kagoshima's Kirishima Highlands. Their signature tonkatsu fried cutlets are served piping hot and have a savoriness you're going to love. Extra helpings of rice, cabbage salad, and akadashi miso soup are included with the price of your meal.

    Deep fried pork cutlet in breadcrumbs. They offer tsukemono pickles that stimulate your appetite so well you almost want a second serving of white rice. For just over ¥1,000, its definitely worth...

  • Takefue
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    5.0
    379 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Manganji 5725-1
    This hot spring inn in Minamioguni Town, Aso County welcomes day guests as well as those staying over. The inn is located in the expansive 13,240 square meter property covered by bamboo groves, and the bamboo groves also create comforting environments for their three unique reservable private baths. Completely free flowing from the source, the therapeutic hot spring water is thought to be more medically effective than other hot spring water, helping to alleviate nerve pain, muscle soreness, and fatigue, as well as promote healthy skin. They have many plans to choose from to help you enjoy your visit.

    Our family of 4 stayed here during Christmas for 2 nights. We booked 2 rooms, Bijyoan and Sasane. We all agreed that this is one of the best ryokan that we have stayed in Japan so far. One can...

  • Ryokan Sanga
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    4.5
    352 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Manganji 6961-1
    This hot spring inn located in Minamioguni Town, Aso County welcomes day visitors as well as overnight guests. They have a variety of facilities, including a cascading bath, a wooden bucket shaped reservable large private bath, an open-air bath surrounded by Aso's volcanic natural setting, and a large bathing area using a blend of water drawn from their two on-site hot spring sources. Each of these has different properties: One is a simple sulfur spring said to have various therapeutic properties, and the other a sodium chloride - hydrogen carbonate - sulfate spring that's good for the skin.

    The property is gorgeous. Gardens are so lovingly cared for. We were warmly welcomed by the parking lot attendant, front desk staff and everyone else we met. The baths, especially the rotemburo...

  • ASO Farm Land ASO National Park Healthful Forest
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    3.5
    297 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Aso-gun Minamiasomura Kawayo 5579-3
    "This theme parks sits in the middle of grand nature of Minamiaso Village, Aso County, Kumamoto Prefecture, and is built on the concept of a healthy mind and healthy body. The grounds include a variety of facilities divided into themes of Exercise, Meals, Healing, Stay, Experience, and Shopping. There is the ""Genki no Mori"" for having fun while improving your health, ""Fureai Dobutsu Okoku"", where you can interact with animals, a healthy buffet restaurant thoroughly supervised by a dietician, and a souvenir shop, so everyone from kids to adults can enjoy a day here."

    We stayed at Aso Farmland in October for one night and would not recommend it to other travellers. The layout of the hotel domes feels like you are staying in some sort of dystopian suburb. The...

  • Aso Shrine
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    4.0
    340 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Aso-shi Ichinomiyamachi Miyaji 3083-1
    Records state this Shinto shrine was founded in 282 BCE. The head shrine of the 500-some Aso shrines across the country, the shrine is dedicated to Takeiwatatsu-no-Mikoto and eleven other related deities. This ancient shrine combines Shinto with a mountain faith which worships the caldera of Mt. Aso as a sacred object, and is revered as the most important shrine in what was Higo Province (now Kumamoto Prefecture). Six of the shrines structures, such as its main shrine building and two-storied gate have been designated National Important Cultural Properties. In particular, its two-storied gate is one of the largest in Kyushu and is counted as one of the three greatest two-storied shrine gates in all of Japan. Some of the shrine's many other highlights include a stone which is said to grant wishes, and a pine tree which is said to grant luck in finding love and marriage.

    We turned up, but decided not to enter as there is considerable renovation taking place inside the grounds. No prior warnings given at the Tourist Information Centre from what we could see. However...

  • Kato Shrine
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    4.0
    350 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Honmaru 2-1
    Located on the northern part Kumamoto Castle's grounds, this Shinto shrine honors the local feudal lord Kato Kiyomasa, who is called by the name “Seishoko-san” by the locals in friendly manner. You can recognize it by its large white torii gate. The Seishoko Festival is held every year in July. Lots of people come for the night market the evening before the main event as well as the main festival's procession.

    Goshuin is the red stamp / Calligraphy done on a special Japanese stamp book The price is 300 yen and you can also pray Please read on the Internet while there I spent about 10 mins here

  • Imakin Restaurant
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    4.0
    190 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Uchinomaki 290
    This popular eatery boasting over one hundred years of history is frequently featured in magazines and television shows. In the famous Aka beef bowl, chewy, rare-cooked lean fresh meat is packed onto a voluminous bowl of rice, a wonderful dish where umami flavor flows over the palette after just one mouthful. On holidays and in sightseeing seasons, visitors form a long line even before opening.

    This bowl of Gyu Don had literally converted non-beef JJ to a cow fan. Imakin Shokudo appeared in the guide leaflet of Aso, and that made us skeptical of the genuineness of the recommendation. But...

  • Greenland
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    4.0
    133 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Araoshi Midorigaoka
    Kyushu’s largest leisure land also boasts Japan’s largest number of attractions. There are 81 kinds of activities from a Ferris wheel to various roller coasters and buffet dining, meaning adults and children can both enjoy spending the whole day here. There are also events in each season including superhero shows for kids, fireworks and illuminations.

    Transportaion a bit difficult but once younger there its amazing. They have a lot of roller coaster rides even a type that is standing. Definitely will go again

  • Patisserie Roku
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    4.5
    218 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Manganji 6610
    This Kurokawa Onsen pâtissier is famous for its roll cakes made with copious quantities of soyo no tsuki eggs raised at the foot of Mt. Aso. Housed inside an old private home facing Kawabata-dori Avenue in Kurokawa Onsen, the shop’s chou à la crème, topped with a shiokoji (salt-marinated rice malt) cookie, are filled with custard only after a customer orders them. The shop’s plain and matcha roll cakes, made with local Kumamoto and Aso ingredients, are also popular.

    Amazing cream puff!! The bread is toasted to perfection and the cream inside your mouth melts with a delicious taste!

  • Aoi Aso-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    199 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Hitoyoshishi Kamiaoimachi 118
    This shrine was built in 806, the first year of Emperor Heizei’s reign, and became known as the shrine dedicated to the local deity of the Kuma region. The main building was constructed starting in 1610 over the course of approximately three years by Nagatsune Sagara, and it still stands today. It features a black thatched roof with steep slopes, as well as gorgeously colored, exquisitely decorative Momoyama-style sculptures. In 2008, the five sections of the main shrine building were designated National Treasures. White flowers bloom around the lotus pond in early summer, making it quite a sight to behold.

    This wooden carving Aoi Shrine has over 1200 years history. The 5 structures has been recognized National Treasures in 2008; The gate, Mail hall, Corridor, Offering hall and Oratory. There are...

  • Aso Cuddly Dominion
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    4.0
    180 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Kurokawa 2163
    Located on a sprawling plot of land at the foot of Mt. Aso, this zoo boasts nearly 500 specimens from approximately 100 species, including about 200 bears. It is famous for the chimpanzee Pan-kun, his daughter Purin-chan, and the dog James (currently James II), all of whom have appeared on television programs. It offers visitors many opportunities to get close and personal with the animals, including an exhibit where they can experience feeding the bears as well as a dog and cat petting facility.

    Overcrowding and unnatural forced interactions for the animals. It’s all under the guise of being cute, and one probably wouldn’t recognize the problems unless familiar with signs of distress in...

  • Kurokawaso
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    4.5
    152 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Manganji 6755-1
    This hot spring hotel is located below Kurokawa Onsen, part of Minamioguni Town, Aso County. It's a great place for a relaxing soak while gazing at the seasonal scenery. They have an open-air bath with a view of the nearby Byobu-Iwa cliffs and three different reservable private baths. They welcome people dropping in to use the baths as well as guests who spend the night.

    The Kurokawaso is a Ryokan complete in every respect. The loaction at the river is beautiful, the rooms traditional, spacious, clean and quite. The private onsen as well as the shared onsen are...

  • HOTEL GREENPIA MINAMIASO
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    4.0
    167 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiasomura Hisaishi 4411-9
    This day-use hot spring hotel is in Minamiaso Village, Aso County. Come for the bathing, the food, and the great view of Mt. Aso's five peaks. Their outdoor bath, which allows bathers to take in the seasonal scenery, and their Ishizumi-no-Yu bath, which conjures up the image of magnificent Mt. Aso, are great places for a soak. The restaurant has a lunch buffet, and their relaxation facilities offer esthetic treatments and more.

    Although in a great location with an amazing view this hotel is now too old and need some renovation plan (or just make a brand new one!) - the beds mattress in the room are too old and broken in...

  • KOKUTEI Kumamoto Ramen (Main Restaurant)
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    4.0
    147 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshinishiku Nihongi 2-1-23
    This ramen shop in Nishi Ward, Kumamoto City serves Kumamoto ramen made with garlic oil, noodles, and chashu pork they produce themselves. Their noodles are medium-thick and nicely textured. They go great with the shop's fragrant charred garlic oil which is slightly bitter and pork bone broth, which isn't too fatty and has a smooth aftertaste. Their carefully selected fresh eggs with beautiful yolks make the perfect addition.

    I went during a rainy day and there was a queue in the rain! That shows how popular this place is. Its a unique taste with 2 raw yolks, do give it a try!

  • Kurokawa Onsen Okunoyu
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    4.0
    133 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Manganji Kurokawa 6567
    This is the 26-room Kurokawa hot spring traditional Japanese inn. It sits on an extensive site of 6,600 meters squared; you can enjoy a variety of hot springs 24 hours a day depending on your personal taste such as the open-air bath, the cave bath or the family bath which can be reserved. The handcrafted river bath is popular, which commands a view of the spectacular waterfall at the front. There is also Kurokawa’s only heated hot spring pool, so you can even visit with children and have peace of mind.

    I had high expectations of this place from the reviews and how it’s a lot more expensive than most Onsens. The good It’s a lovely setting. Next to the river it’s very pretty. The dinner was great...

  • ASO VOLCANO MUSEUM
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    3.5
    143 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Akamizu 1930-1
    This three-story museum in Aso City is dedicated to Mt. Aso, an active volcano. The second floor's permanent exhibit features panel displays of the area's geology and the current conditions of the volcano. The third floor has video facilities showcasing Aso's natural environment and the area's folk culture. The museum lets visitors view the craters in real time, helpful when access is restricted due to bad weather or volcanic activity. Head to the first floor for the gift shop and a restaurant serving light fare.

    The area around the vulcano is closed caused by the present outbrake looking very impressive from the museum. the museum itself needs to be reviewed, pretty dusty.

  • Keika Ramen (Main Restaurant)
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    4.0
    133 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Hanabatachou 11-9K-1 Building 1F
    This ramen shop in Chuo Ward, Kumamoto City is the main store of a national chain specializing in Kumamoto ramen noodles. The ramen features heaps of raw cabbage and Taarou, cubed pork belly simmered in soy-sauce based sauce. Taking full advantage of natural ingredients, they serve remarkably savory, aromatic and fresh ramen noodles. In addition to their hallmark Keika Ramen, their hearty bowls of noodles include their Taarou-men and Chashu-men.

    Nice ramen for the value. Broth was delicious and the tonkatsu was very enjoyable. Easy, inexpensive, tasty lunch spot!

  • Yukyo no Hibiki Yusai
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    4.0
    121 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Manganji Kita Kurokawa 6554
    This hot spring inn is in Minamioguni Town, Aso County. Come to unwind while soaking in a bath engulfed by the aroma of cypress wood, surrounded by bamboo groves, with a river rushing past. The weakly alkaline hot spring water is 100% free flowing from the source. It is said to help alleviate hardening of the arteries, nerve pain, and muscle soreness, as well as promote good health in general. The open-air bath has a roof so you can use it in the rain, too.

    I spent a long rainy overnight stay here but I was never bored. There is a variety of baths and all of them are stunning. The open-air bath has a view of the falls and the large indoor bath has a...

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Kumamoto lies in the center of Kyushu, a calm prefecture perfect for easy strolls around the historic center and lazy evenings in the natural hot springs at Kurokawa Onsen. For a slightly more strenuous activity, head to Mount Aso, whose surrounding hills offer hiking opportunities aplenty with views over the active volcano.

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