Nature Spots in Kumamoto Area

  • Ikeyama Suigen (Spring Source)
    77 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunubuyamamura Tajiri 14-1
    This spring water was selected as one of Japan’s top 100 waters. With the Mt. Juku range at its source, each minute it pumps out 30 tons of water and many people come to draw from it. The water temperature remains around 13 degrees throughout the year. It is water representative of the Aso area, with a mild taste.

    We walked from the other side of hills on a very sunny day...we finished about 1 gallon of water when we finally got there... We passed several herds of cows gazing and it was scary because they...

  • Oshitoishi
    64 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunminamiogunimachi Nakabaru 511
    This is a stone culture ruin dotted with huge megaliths named sun stones, and Cuneiform script-engraved mirror stones. If one borrows a compass from the management center and takes a walk around, the strong magnetic field means the needle which should by all rights be pointing North begins to swing creating quite an unsettling experience! It’s a spot where one can enjoy the beauty of nature including views of Mt. Kuju and Mt. Aso.

    You can enjoy truly 360 degrees panoramic view there. When it is fine, incredibly great view looking Mt Aso and Mt Kuju in the distance. This spot is also known as power spot since there are some...

  • Reigando Cave
    71 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshinishiku Matsuomachihirayama 589 Unzen Temple
    "A cave located in Nishi Ward, Kumamoto City. Situated at the foot of Mt. Kinbo, a statue of the Buddhist deity Kannon known as the ""Iwato Kannon"" is enshrined in the cave. The cave is also known as the place where the great warrior Miyamoto Musashi spent the last five years of his life writing ""The Book of Five Rings."""

    This place do not show up readily when you google for places to visit in Kumamoto. It’s more meaningful if you know the legendary Samurai Musashi. I find the hundreds of Buddhist monk figurines an...

  • 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.
  • Shiraito Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunnishiharamura Kawahara
    Shiraito Falls, where water drops in a single stream from 20 meters high, is so named as the flow looks like a white thread, or “shiraito.” The beautiful, clear water has been selected as one of Kumamoto Prefecture’s top 100 waters of the Heisei era.  In the summer season illuminations are held until 10pm, and at the nearby Shiraito Falls Exchange Center one can enjoy somen nagashi (flowing somen).
  • 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.
  • Soyo Gorge
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamimashikigunyamatochou Nagasaki
    "A gorge situated along the upper reaches of the Gokase River. This gorge is famous for its ""U"" shape, a rarity in Japan. The gorge's precipitous walls, carved out via erosion, are some 200 meters tall and extend across a 10 kilometer stretch of the river. If you visit the Cape Nagasakibana Observatory and look down on the gorge, you can take in a view of the Gokase River weaving its way through the gorge bottom as well as the seasonal scenery of the so-called ""Grand Canyon of Kyushu."" Particularly from late October to early November, the area's fall foliage is stunning. The Soyo Gorge fall foliage festival, usually held in mid-November, is quite popular."


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Waterfall of Koga
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Ichinomiyamachisakanashi Old-fashioned
    This is a waterfall consisting of a larger waterfall with a head of 80 meters and a smaller waterfall with a head of 100 meters. The water volume is low, and its frozen form in cold seasons is beautiful to behold, as are the Saturday night illuminations held in winter.
  • Mt. Aso Nakadake
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Ichinomiyamachimiyaji
    One of the peaks which make up Mt. Aso, it is 1,506 meters high. Situated in the almost exact center of the central group of volcanic cones, this peak is the most active of the volcanos of Aso. Its craters are numbered one through seven, and there is a caldera lake - a crater in which rainwater and spring water has accumulated - known as Yudamari. Access to the lake area may be restricted at times due to the emission of volcanic gasses.
  • Sunasenrigahama
    Travel / Tourism
    Aso City, Kumamoto Prefecture Aso Mountain, Kurokawa
    A natural landscape located in Aso City. At the site of an ancient caldera situated southeast of the Nakadake Crater on Mt. Aso, visitors can take in scenery consisting of a continuous stretch of black sands. The site serves as a contrast to the picturesque grassland known as Kusasenrigahama, also on Mt. Aso. Access may be restricted at times due to volcanic gasses emitted by Mt. Aso.
  • Senomoto Highland
    Travel / Tourism
    Aso-gun, Kumamoto Pref.
    A highland located between the outer northern crater rim of Mt. Aso and the Kuju Mountain Range. Known for the scenic Yamanami Highway, the area also bustles with visitors come to pick edible wild plants like bracken, and, in fall, to view the gorgeous autumn foliage. There are also rest houses, lodges, campgrounds, and hot spring bathhouses in the area.
  • Okoshiki Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Utoshi Shimoodamachi
    "A coastal area located in Uto City. Literally translated, ""Okoshiki"" means ""palanquin,"" a name that is derived from a legend which states that when Emperor Keiko toured Kyushu, his eyes were arrested by the beauty of the coastline and he ordered his palanquin to stop. The scenery has been selected for inclusion in a list of Japan's 100 best beaches and 100 best sunsets. On clear days, visitors can see all the way to Mt. Fugen in Nagasaki on the opposite shore. The ebb and flow between the tides here is also the greatest of any location in Japan, and during the ebb tide, the exposed sands create beautiful curing patterns."
  • Ichifusa Dam Lakeshore
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumagunmizukamimura Yuyama
    "Ichifusa Dam was built in 1960 in Mizukami Village, Kuma County, Kumamoto Prefecture. Yoshino cherries were planted around the dam lake when the dam was built, and today the lakeshore is a renowned destination for viewing cherry blossoms in spring. The area's ""10 thousand"" cherries sprawl along the shore for 14 kilometers, and visitors can appreciate their beautiful blossoms. A cherry blossom festival is also held here during the season, and a portion of the trees are lit up at night to delight visitors."
  • Kikuchi Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kikuchishi Haru
    It is located approximately 50 minutes away from the Ueki Interchange on the Kyushu Expressway. This gorge stretches within the Aso-Kuju National Park, and is a scenic area that has been selected as one of the Top 100 Forested Valleys in Japan, the 100 elections of the waterfall in Japan and the Top 100 Famous Water. Also known as Kikuchi Suigen, the underground water of Mt. Asogairin, which flows between a broadleaf forest, creates various lakes and waterfalls of various sizes, creating a landscape filled with variety. The average water temperature in the summer is 13 degrees Celsius, so it is called a natural cooler and is popular as a summer resort area. You can enjoy fresh greenery in the spring, colorful leaves in the autumn and frosty flowers that bloom over the whole mountain in the winter.
  • Myokenura Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Amakusamachishimodaminami
    "A 50-minute drive from Amakusa Airport, this scenic spot on the west coast of Amakusa has been designated as a national scenic spot and a natural monument. The coastal area has a stretch of 20 to 80-meter high cliffs, which together with large and small islands, reefs and caves form a unique landscape. The largest, ""Myonken Domon"" cave mouth, can be easily accessed by small boats, and you can see sea caves and stalactites that cross each other. The scenery at dusk is even more remarkable, and the view from nearby Nishibiratsuki Park and the Kikaigaura Observation Deck has been selected as one of the Japan Sunset Best 100."
  • Shiramizu Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Taketa-shi
    "A waterfall located in Hinatame, Ogi-machi, Taketa City. Situated along the Ono River, the waterfall's name means ""white water,"" and there are two theories as to how it got this name. One is that it is because the waterfall appears white due to its numerous streams; the other is that because it is comprised of 99 streams, its name was written with the character for ""100"" minus a line at the top representing ""one,"" resulting in the character for ""white."""
  • 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.
  • Takema Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Yamagashi Kahokumachitaku Kinbara
    This is a valley upstream of the Iwanogawa River, where one can watch the white spray of the waterfall rise and fall among the sounds of chirping wild birds. The autumn colors are beautiful, as is the contrast of red and yellow trees on white water as seen from the promenade or suspension bridge.

Kumamoto 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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