Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Kumamoto Area

  • Suizen-ji Joju-en Garden (Suizenji Park)
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    4.0
    762 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.

    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.

  • ASO Farm Land ASO National Park Healthful Forest
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    3.5
    297 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."

    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 Cuddly Dominion
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    4.0
    180 Reviews
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    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
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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
    143 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.

    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.

  • Tsuruya Department Store
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    4.0
    109 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...

  • 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...

  • Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens
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    4.0
    98 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
    101 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...

  • L'isola Terrace Amakusa
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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.
  • KUMAMOTO PREFECTURAL MUSEUM OF ART (Main Building)
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    4.0
    59 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
    50 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.

    We saw a class in session for making crafts and there are some crafts on display on 2F. The shop area has many local items for sale that are good for gifts. You can visit easily in 30 minutes.

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • ECO PARK MINAMATA
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    4.0
    22 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.

  • Fukuda Farm
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Minamata-shi Jinnai 2525
    A farm which was created by cultivating mountain forest by hand. In this acclaimed farm, you can enjoy all the bounties of Shiranui and Kyushu. The farm has a full array of facilities to delight children and adults, including a tourist farm where a variety of citrus fruits are grown; a factory which makes and processes citrus juices; the Valencia-kan, a restaurant with a view of expansive scenery which serves dishes made with local ingredients; and the Sevilla-kan, a beer restaurant which offers Fukuda Farm original craft beers. Here you can enjoy unique and special experiences offered no place else while taking in the sight of the vast sea off of Shiranui.

    if you happen to travel to Minamata, please visit this place. I cant describe the beauty in the morning. With the dew, sunlight, sakura and also break taking scenery.

  • Kumamoto Prefectural Ancient Burial Mound Museum
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Yamagashi Kaoumachiwabaru 3085
    At this museum on the site of the Iwabaru Tumuli, you can see ruins from the Kikuchi River basin, excavated artifacts, and a 3D panoramic film of a replica of the area's decorative burial mounds. On Saturdays they hold workshops in the ancient ways like making bronze mirrors. You can also see the nearby Futagozuka Tumulus and the Tunnel Tomb Group.

    The Decorated Tumulus Museum opened in the early 1990s, the museum building being designed by one of Japans most famous architects:Tadeo Ando. Designed in the shape of a keyhole it is set on the...

  • Hitoyoshi Craft Park Ishino
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Hitoyoshishi Akaikeharamachi 1425-1
    A theme park where you can learn about the traditional crafts of Hitoyoshi and Kuma, an area selected for inclusion in the Japan Heritage list. The park consists of nine facilities, including a ceramics arts hall, smithing hall, glass hall, and teahouse, and visitors can make a variety of crafts by hand under the guidance of skilled artisans. There's also an observatory with a sweeping view of the Kyushu Mountains, a campground, and a park perfect for small children, making this a great destination for the whole family and for a variety of purposes. The local specialty products market sells traditional kijiuma wheeled bird toys, hanatebako boxes painted with camellias, and a wide variety of other gifts and souvenirs from Hitoyoshi and Kuma.

    To get to Hitoyoshi Craft Park from Kumamoto Station, it takes three JR trains and about 2 hours or more on a slow, winding track into the mountains that brings you past rustic self-serve wooden...

  • 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.

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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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