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.

  • 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...

  • Aso Farm Land/Aso Genki no Mori
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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...

  • 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 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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens
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    4.0
    98 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshihigashiku Kengun 5-14-2
    This park is divided into the three zones of animal petting zone, seasonal flowers vegetation zone, and amusement park zone. Now, due to reconstruction work following the Kumamoto earthquake, the flower bed around the botanical garden, animal petting area, part of animal museum exhibition area (elephants, giraffes) and part of the amusement park have been opened free to the public. It is around a 10-minute walk from the Kumamoto tram’s Doshokubutsuen Irigiuchi Station.

    For some of the animals the cages are tiny. Seeing how depressed and lonely some of the animals looked whilst children jeered and tormented them was was a horrible experience. This experience changed...

  • Takamorimachi Yusui Tunnel Park
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    4.0
    101 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoguntakamorimachi Takamori 1034-2
    Walk 10 minutes south from Takamori Station. After construction work to connect the Takamori Line and Takachiho Line of the former national railway was stopped, 550 meters of the tunnel entrance were given over to become a park. There is a walking path set up inside the tunnel, which features all manner of attractions including the “Water Pearl” fountain where one can watch the wonderful movement of water droplets, and projection mapping. Seasonal events include the summer “Star Festival” and winter “Christmas Fantasy.”

    The volume of water running around 32 tons every minute. Wow! Actually, a Railway company of Japan wanted to build a rail line here but, during drilling huge amount of water came out. Then the...

  • 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...

  • Yachiyoza
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    4.5
    108 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Yamagashi Yamaga 1499
    Yachioyaza, one of Japan’s Important Cultural Properties, is a playhouse built in 1910. Since opening they have put on a variety of shows, but with the changing era the number of visitors fell and the place closed. However, thanks to the ardent fund-raising activities of groups both old and young, restoration took place over 30 years and it is now a working playhouse again. It is also possible to take a look behind the scenes of the theater, from the revolving stage to the theater basement.

    Yachiyo-za is Drama or Play theater which was built in 1910. It is nationally designated and an important cultural property in Yamaga. There are various events, play are performed in Yachiyo-za...

  • SL Hitoyoshi
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    5.0
    79 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Prefecture Kagoshima Main Line Kumamoto Station - Heiyatsu Line Hitoyoshi Station
    This special steam locomotive runs between Kumamoto Station and Hitoyoshi Station on weekends and during long holidays. The nostalgia-filled sight of the steam billowing from the locomotive has captured the hearts of railway fans throughout the country. The interior features a classic, wood-centric design and contains an observation car, lounge, library, and buffet offering light snacks and drinks, not to mention commemorative passes and a photo service. Gaze out the window and take in the scenery as you let the steam locomotive’s pulsing beat reverberate through you.

    It is an old steam locomotive with refurbished carriages. The first and last of the three have viewing areas and the middle one has a shop for food, drink, and good souvenirs. The trip is a return to...

  • Kurokawa Onsen “Yamabiko Ryokan”
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    4.5
    102 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kurokawa Onsen Minami Oguni Town, Aso-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture
    This hot spring inn is in Minamioguni Town, Aso County. They have a wide variety of baths including a large public bath and an open-air bath where you can soak while taking in the seasonal scenery. You can dangle into the water from above in their 150-centimeter deep standing bath, and their Kurinuki-yu bath made of hollowed-out marble. The sodium - chloride spring is said to help ease muscle pains and burns, as well as promote healthy skin. The open-air bath is open to non-staying visitors who just drop in.

    I have stayed in several ryokan in my previous trip to Japan and this is by far my favourite. It overlooks a river and the place is sparkling clean. Room is big for our party of 5! There are 6...

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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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