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  • Mt. Daikanbo
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Yamada
    A 936 meter high mountain located on the highest peak of the outer rim of the north crater of Mt. Aso. In ancient times, it was called Tomigahana (the nose looking into the distance), but the great author Tokutomi Soho dubbed it Daikanbo (great overviewing mountain) after being moved by the magnificent view. The mountain offers a sweeping view of the five peaks of Mt. Aso, the Kuju Mountain Range, and the Aso Caldera. The controlled burns conducted in spring are held on an impressive scale.
  • Nabegataki Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunogunimachi Kurobuchi
    This is a waterfall which is said to have been made by an eruption which occurred about 90,000 years ago, which also created Aso’s caldera lake. This is a small waterfall with a height of about 10 meters and a width of about 20 meters, but the appearance of sunlight shining through the curtain-like broadly cascading water is extremely beautiful. “Urami no taki” which is enjoying the waterfall by going around to the other side of the fall is also popular. An event is also held in the springtime in which the far side of the waterfall is illuminated.
  • Kumamoto Castle
    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.
  • Kumamoto Prefectural Traditional Crafts Center
    39 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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 spent a couple of hours wandering around checking out the shops and having some lunch. Lots to see and taste.... They also had some demonstrations of various cultural things in the centre stage...

  • Shimada Art Museum
    13 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshinishiku Shimasaki 4-5-28
    This is a museum which is famous for storing brushwork masterpieces and belongings of the master swordsmen, Miyamoto Musashi. Exhibits are focused on a collection of Matomi Shimada who was also a researcher of Miyamoto Musashi. There is also a portrait of Miyamoto Musashi designated as an Important Cultural Property from the prefecture, which is exhibited every spring and autumn for four months. It is a 14-minute walk from the “Daniyama-machi” tram stop.

    We had yuzu juice, coffee, blueberry cheesecake muffins and tea - fabulous setting, books, art work on sale, well managed and very Japanese - highly recommend

  • Lafcadio Hearn’s Former Residence
    63 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Anseimachi 2-6
    Koizumi Yakumo, also known as Lafcadio Hearn, was the famed author of tales based on Japanese legends such as Hoichi the Earless and The Snow Woman. The residence here was the first home he lived in in Japan when he came to Kumamoto as an English teacher for Daigo Junior and Senior High School (now Kumamoto University). It is said that Hearn penned Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan in this building. The residence was severely damaged in the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake and currently only a portion of the home and garden are open to the public (as of January 2017).

    Koizumi's (aka Lafcadio Hearn) old house is only about a 10 minute walk from my house so I was eager to go see it. Luckily the house had just been fully reopened after it was damaged in last years...

  • Shirakawa Suigen Spring Source
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiasomura Shirakawa 2092-1
    This is a first-class river (a specified waterway of special importance protected by the government) which flows through the centre of Kumamoto City. It is classic example of Minami Aso spring water, and it was also selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan by the Environmental Agency. The normal temperature of this spring water is 14°C and 60 tons per minute gushes out into the Shirakawa River, and it is possible to take spring water from the source home. Heat treated water is also for sale.
  • Omiya Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Yamagashi Yamaga 196
    This Shinto shrine is approximately 15 minutes by car from both Ueki Interchange and Kikusui Interchange. Located just south of Omiya Park, it honors Emperor Keiko, the 12th emperor of Japan, who in his deified form is thought to be the guardian spirit of Yamaga district. The shrine was constructed on the site of the Imperial lodging used when the Emperor's entourage visited the area. Yamaga paper lanterns, a traditional handicraft made with just washi Japanese paper and glue, are said to have first been made to welcome him. The shrine gets packed with visitors during the lantern festival that's held on August 15 and 16 every year, which features ritual dancing, a torch procession, and a fireworks display.
  • Yunoko Cherry Line
    Travel / Tourism
    Minamata City, Kumamoto Prefecture
    This popular cherry blossom viewing spot is approximately 20 minutes by car from Tsunagi Interchange. Its rows of cherry trees stretch for five kilometers along the Minamata Cherry Line on the Yunoko Coast. The area gets packed with visitors who come to see the blossoms of its nearly 300 Yoshino cherry trees when they're in full bloom from late March to early April. The Yunoko Onsen Sakura Festival takes place during this period, when they run 30-minute rides on a flower-viewing tour boat (reservations required), festival stalls spring up along the road selling fare like sweet dango dumplings, and visitors sip sakura-cha, tea laced with cherry petals.
  • Kyusendo (Kyusen Cave)
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumagunkumamura Ose 1121
    This station on the JR Hisatsu Line connects Yatsushiro Station in Yatsushiro City, Kumamoto Prefecture to Hayato Station in Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture. A total of eight trains stop there in a day from either direction from six in the morning to ten at night. Besides shops for specialty goods, hot springs and lodging facilities in the vicinity, there are also tourist attractions such as caves, waterfalls, shrines and temples. Discovered in 1973, the 4.8 kilometer cave is the largest limestone cave in Kyushu, and you can take a free shuttle bus from the nearest train station if you contact the cave installation operator.
  • Oe Catholic Church
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Amakusamachioe 1782
    Approximately a five-minute walk from the Tenshudo Iriguchi bus stop, this church was the first built in Amakusa after the ban on Christianity was lifted. The current building was built in 1933 with the private funds of the French missionary Father Garnier who dedicated his life to spreading Christianity in Amakusa. A building with Romanesque architecture, the church with beautiful white walls is a symbol of Christianity in Amakusa to this day. There are statues of Father Garnier and the Virgin Mary on the premises. It is also known for being visited by five poets such as Yosano Tekkan.
  • Aoi Aso-jinja Shrine
    175 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.

    The shrine is one of the natinal treasure and it seems the southernmost point. It is a bit out of cetral are but very worthy for travelers.

  • Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall
    68 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • SL Hitoyoshi
    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.
  • Ooe Church
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Amakusamachioe 1782
    A Catholic church founded by the priest Frederic Louis Garnier in 1933 after the prohibition on Christianity was lifted. Thereafter, Garnier dedicated his life to spreading Christianity in Amakusa. This beautiful white church is built in the Romanesque style.
  • Kusasenrigahama Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Kusumoto-ken, Aso City, Kusaki-igahama
    A prairie located in the remains of a caldera at the foot of Mt. Eboshi, one of the five peaks of Mt. Aso. The location is known for its picturesque and idyllic scenery—horses and cows freely graze in the area against the backdrop of the mountain’s smoking middle peak. Considered one of the most representative sights in the Aso area, many people come here to enjoy the atmosphere.
  • Komezuka
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Nagakusa
    A 954 meter tall mountain. Although small, the mountain’s shape is quite lovely; the crater at the top is the remains of a volcanic caldera. Verdant in early summer and desolate in winter, the mountain is popular for its highly seasonal appearance.
  • Sakuranobaba Josaien
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Ninomaru 1-1
    An entertainment facility filled with the delights of Kumamoto, including Wakuwakuza, a hands-on history and culture facility where visitors can experience what life was like in the Edo period, the daily routine of a feudal lord, or the building of the stone wall around Kumamoto Castle; Sakuranokoji, a shopping arcade offering unique local tastes; and Kobaian, a sweet shop selling such popular treats as Kaseita, a treat once formally gifted to the Hosokawa clan. Only the best establishments in the prefecture have been selected to open up shop in this popular tourist spot.
  • Suntory Kyushu Kumamoto Plant
    48 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamimashikigunkashimamachi Kitamagi Yawata Water 478
    A factory where visitors can watch Suntory’s “The Premium Malts” being crafted. From stocking to fermentation and packaging, the entire tour is filled with exciting and interesting sights. At the end, tourgoers can enjoy sampling Suntory’s beer and soft drink products. The tour requires approximately 70 minutes.

    取引先のサントリー様ご同行で、サントリーの熊本工場見学に行きました。ものすごい規模でビックリです。工場見学のお楽しみは、ビールの試飲です。 サントリーモルツ、プレミアムモルツ、マスターズドリームを飲み比べ。沢山飲ませて頂きました。 かなり人気らしく見学者多数でした。要予約。

  • Railway torokko train “Yusuge-go”
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoguntakamorimachi Takamori South Aso railway Takamori station
    A trolley which runs between Minamiaso Railway Nakamatsu Station and Takamori Station in Kumamoto Prefecture only from March until November. The train only operates on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and the vacation season. The Aso Caldera can be seen from much of the train’s route, and riders can enjoy views of gorgeous mountains and rural landscapes from the open windows of the cars. Train staff also provide a guided tour on the area during the trip. In addition to beautiful views, the ride has its thrills, including travelling along a bridge between Nakamatsu Station and Tateno Station 60 meters above a ravine.

Kumamoto Main Areas


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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