Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Kumamoto Area

  • Suizen-ji Joju-en Garden (Suizenji Park)
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    4.0
    770 Reviews
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    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.

    One of the most beautiful sites in Kumamoto. I always return here, and will make sure to take friends to share the beauty of this park/shrine.

  • Greenland
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    4.0
    134 Reviews
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    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

  • ASO VOLCANO MUSEUM
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    3.5
    144 Reviews
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    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.

    It is a museum about Volcanos, which is located in Kusasenri. On the day I visited, I couldn’t visit the top of Aso due to a fog, so I decided to go this museum instead. It is quite instructive. But...

  • Tsuruya Department Store
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    4.0
    110 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Tetorihonchou 6-1
    This long-standing department store, one of Kumamoto's most well-known, was opened in 1952. On the outside, the department store retains the same classic appearance it bore when it first opened, while inside it boasts one of the largest shopping floors in the country. Dedicated to being a locally-based department store delivering a high quality, elegant lifestyle, the facility strives to host shops and products rooted in the area. Because the facility refuses to stick to traditional images of department stores and promotes closeness between its employees and customers, it is popular with people of all ages. The department store also has areas for men and kids, such as a children's area and a waiting room where you can use high class audio equipment.

    The biggest department store in town. It is located in the main shopping street downtown. You cannot miss it. And huge it is. It consists of three building brought together with up to ten floors of...

  • Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto
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    4.0
    117 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Kamitorichou 2-3 Plums Bear Sun Hall Kaikan 3F
    Opened in 2002, the Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto is an art museum spreading Kumamoto’s beloved artistic culture far and wide with the works of Kumamoto and Kyushu-born artists active nationwide. With a child-rearing space and childcare studio (Kids Factory) it can be enjoyed by families too. Travel 15 minutes from JR Kumamoto Station by bus or tram, and alight at Torichosuji.

    This museum was a fill in due to so much of the city being renovated; main tourist interest places are closed or limited access.

  • Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
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    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
    103 Reviews
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    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...

  • Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall
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    3.5
    80 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Oyanomachinaka 977-1
    Near the beginning of the Edo period, Shiro Amakusa led a popular uprising fueled by faith that would become known as the “Shimabara Rebellion.” The “Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall” introduces the conflict’s background and historical context in an easy-to-understand manner using powerful video footage and other materials. Come trace the origins of this epic struggle for freedom and peace.

    This Memorial Hall has all the history of Shiro Amakusa and the island of Amakusa. It has an exhibition hall with English and Japanese description. What impressed us most is that there is a...

  • Iruka Marine World
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    4.5
    91 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Itsuwamachifutae 2977
    This company, located in Amakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture, offers dolphin watching tours year-round off the coast of Amakusa. As you sail through waters that are home to approximately 200 wild Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, you’ll have many opportunities to come face-to-face with the curious creatures. Spring and summer are child-rearing season, so you may even encounter baby dolphins as well. The tour lasts about an hour, and young children are more than welcome.

    In the Indo-Pacific of Tsuji-Shima Island near Itsuwa-machi live about 200 wild Dolphins. It is said that 98% tourists visit here to encounter Dolphins. Dolphin-spotting Cruise fee 2000-4500...

  • L'isola Terrace Amakusa
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    4.0
    60 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Matsushimamachiaitsu Matsushima-machi Aizu north 6215-16
    Built on prime real estate with a sweeping view of Shimabara Bay, L’isola Terrace Amakusa houses a restaurant where all seats have an ocean view, as well as a shop offering local Amakusa souvenirs. There is also a bar and shops carrying south sea knickknacks, clothing, and accessories in this multipurpose facility. With a children’s play area as well, the facility can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. From March 25, the facility holds an “Umi Akari” seaside illumination event from 6 p.m. onward. The magical sight of bamboo lanterns lit from within by candles is truly stunning. A three-minute walk from JR Misumi Station.

    What a amazing spot for romantic date. You must having a delicious lunch with beach view. For lunch menu must try Pasta with red/white wine! Or have variety of hot bread with different flavors such...

  • KUMAMOTO PREFECTURAL MUSEUM OF ART (Main Building)
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    4.0
    60 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Ninomaru 2
    This prefectural art museum is on the grounds of Ninomaru Park. It has a wide range of work on display, including paintings, crafts, and a collection of prints from Kumamoto-born artist Hamada Chimei. There's also a room with a reproduction of the decorated tombs found in the prefecture. The museum has high ceilings, and its large windows look out on the wooded surroundings. They hold regular programs too like museum seminars and workshops for kids.

    Honestly, we did not pay money to visit the museum, but you can visit the gift shop no charge. Check out the beautiful Higo jewelry for a wonderful souvenier.

  • Kumamoto Prefectural Traditional Crafts Center
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Chibajoumachi 3-35
    A cultural facility located in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture which focuses on displaying traditional crafts from the prefecture. The museum exhibits a collection some 80 varieties and 1,000 examples of crafts created by Kumamoto craftspersons such as higo zogan inlaying, porcelain, cutlery, bamboowork, and dyed and woven fabrics. Some of the exhibits can be touched, weekly events are held, and the facility also sells crafts by artisans from both Kumamoto and other areas.

    A very special place to find gifts and souvenirs - woven place mats, ceramics, scarves, tea sets....

  • Mifune Dinosaur Museum
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kamimashikigunmifunemachi Mifune 995-6
    A Tyrannosaurus rex stands at the entrance to Mifune Dinosaur Museum, looking as if it is about to move even now. The museum is arranged into five permanent exhibit zones including dinosaur skeletons and fossils. Of these the most impressive is the “dinosaur evolution parade” with displays focused around dinosaur bones.  The Pterosaur in the ceiling is so dynamic that it looks as if it is really flying. At the museum’s “open laboratory” one can watch staff doing work such as cleaning fossils up close. This is a museum where the history and evolution of animals come alive.

    雨降りの熊本でどこへ行こうか迷って調べたら御船町の恐竜博物館が出てきました。地方の博物館で子供だましかなっと思いつつ訪問したら、なんとそこそこの迫力でした。子供連れの来場客も多く入場料500円はお得な感じです。

  • GRANDMESSE KUMAMOTO
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    3.0
    3 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kamimashikigunmashikimachi Fukudomi 1010
    This event hall is in Mashiki Town, Kamimashiki County, Kumamoto Prefecture. The first floor consists of a roughly 8,000 square meter exhibition hall, and the second floor has a convention hall, conference rooms, and a restaurant. Their ample parking facilities can accommodate 2,200 vehicles, so it's often the venue for large prefectural events, seminars, and training sessions.

    仕事の発表会で利用した。熊本から空港行きのリムジンバスで行ったが、バス停から大きな道路を横切って会場までアクセスしなければならなかった。会場はゆったりしており、トイレや自販機等の設備も十分に揃っていた。レストランはビュッフェ形式で、おかずも多かったので満足できた。

  • Yoh Shomei Art Museum
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    4.5
    33 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiasomura Kawayou 5988-20
    "An art museum which displays around 40 original drawings and other works of art by picture book creator Shomei Yoh. Situated on a lush, green hill, the museum has a walking course on the hill's vast grass-covered plain called ""Picture Book Lane."" Inside, visitors are greeted by Jake, a dog appearing in Yoh's books; as well as Blue Bee, the blue bee who brings happiness. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy a wonderful tea time in the museum's cafe. The museum also holds original drawing exhibitions. The museum's shop sells a variety of items perfect for gifts and souvenirs, including stuffed animals, picture books, framed pictures, and prints."

    It was a surprise! As we are a tourist that just dropped by the place and take a look without too much expectation, the founder showed up and explained us how he started it 15 years ago...and showed...

  • ECO PARK MINAMATA
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Minamatashi Shiomichou 1-231-12
    This large 58-hectare park is on land reclaimed from Minamata Bay. It's divided into Sea, Town, Village, and Mountain zones, and has a rose garden, a roadside station, an athletic field, and other sports facilities. A place the locals like to gather, it's frequently the venue for sporting competitions.

    Great for going for a stroll. I love the bamboo park. It is so peaceful and lovely. The rose garden is gray in May.

  • Hanaasobi
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Ozato 781
    A multipurpose tourist facility home to Rose Garden Aso, a rose garden boasting some 400 varieties of roses and 4,500 individual rose bushes which blossom in the spring and fall. There is also a strawberry garden and a restaurant serving Japanese Brown beef. The scheduled opening of the rose garden is from the end of April. As portions of National Route 57 are unusable due to the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake, visitors traveling by car are encouraged to take Kumamoto Prefectural Road 339 from Ozu-machi, Kikuchi-gun and get on National Route 57 from Akamizu in Aso City. A 10-minute walk from JR Aso Station.

    Enjoy your meal in the garden, likely staying in roses farm, feeling like the princess, and some food make by roses. Excellent place.

  • Aso Farm Land/Aso Genki no Mori
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
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    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."

    熊本地震前は結構お客さんもいるイメージがありましたが、やはり熊本地震があってからは、お客さんが少なかったですね。いろいろな小動物とふれあうことができるので動物が好きな人には良いですね。早く復興してたくさんの観光客が戻ってくることを祈りたいと思います。

  • Sakamoto Zenzo Museum of Art
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunogunimachi Kurobuchi 2877
    This art museum is located in the Kurobuchi area of Oguni Town, Aso County. It houses and exhibits works by the Oguni-machi-born abstract artist Zenzo Sakamoto. The exhibition facility consisting of a relocated kominka (old house) is the only one with tatami mats covering the entire interior in Japan, and you can enjoy watching works while sitting on tatami. There are also adjoining facilities such as a museum shop, break room and rental space.

    We plan to visit the museum after the waterfall nearby. Having parked our car, we walked up to the small museum only to be greeted by a lady and told that the museum opens only on Saturday . What a...

  • Monkey Showman Theater
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Aso-gun Minamiasomura Shimono 793
    "The world's only theater dedicated to ""saru mawashi,"" a type of monkey show with a long history in Japan. The theater can accommodate 600 people and holds funny and heartwarming shows 365 days a year. Performances include handstands, walking on stilts, and even bicycle riding. The cuteness of the monkeys bring smiles to the faces of the audience and draws viewers into the performance before they know it. The theater is situated in a naturally beautiful area at the foot of Mt. Aso and inside visitors can enjoy the light banter between the monkeys and their trainers. Another great thing about the theater is that it offers subtitled translations in three languages and the theater fully incorporates universal design principles. The large theater grounds also encompass a monkey zoo where visitors can interact with monkeys, a shop selling original merchandise, and a self-service diner."

    ホテルのプランで入場券が付いていたので、行ってみました。 日曜でしたがそれほど観客は多くなく、一番前の席で見ました。 猿が可愛くて、子どもも喜んで見ていました。 すごくちゃんと芸を仕込まれていて、思った以上にクオリティが高かったです。

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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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