Experience / Training / Vehicle Spots in Kumamoto Area

  • SL Hitoyoshi
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    5.0
    79 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kyukamura (Minami-Aso)
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    76 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Asoguntakamorimachi Takamori 3219
    This Aso Kuju National Park Resort Hotel is in Takamori Town, Aso County in the southern foothills of Mt. Aso. It offers highland camping, star gazing, tennis, and more. There's also a natural hot spring with velvety water and moisturizing properties that are good for the skin. The alkaline simple spring is said to help alleviate nerve pain, sensitivity to cold, and joint pain. It's a great place to unwind while looking out on the five peaks of Mt. Aso.

    My daughter, granddaughter and I recently stayed 6 nights at this lovely Hotel. We had a large room on the 3rd floor with a good size tatami room and a separate sitting area and small bathroom. The...

  • SEA CRUISE
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Matsushimamachiaitsu 6125-22
    This tourist cruise follows a triangular route through the Amakusa Islands, taking in sites like the Five Bridges of Amakusa and Mt. Unzen-Fugendake. They also have a variety of leisure cruises for enjoying the sea around Amakusa Islands, including a dolphin watching cruise and a cruise to let you take in the area's gorgeous sunset.

    We took the A-train from Kumamoto to Misumi before boarding the Sea Cruise ferry to Maeshima. From there, we took the 1pm dolphin watching cruise. The journey to the spotting site was about 40...

  • Kuma River Boat Cruise
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    39 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Hitoyoshishi Shimoshinmachi 333-1
    "It is located an approximately 10-minute drive from the Hitoyoshi Interchange on the Kyushu Expressway. This popular activity lets you descend the Kuma River, one of Japan's three most fast-flowing rivers along with the Mogami River and Fujigawa River, in a wooden boat that the boatman skillfully maneuvers. You can feel the exhilaration of passing through huge rocks you come very close to and rough waves. The approximately 50-minute ""Seiryu course"" from the Hitoyoshi departure dock to the hot spring town of Hitoyoshi is available from March to November. Between December and February, it becomes relaxing boat with kotatsu (tables heated underneath), offering a different way of enjoyment than the rough rafting in the summer."

    Must do activity while in Hitoyoshi. Made reservation at the Hitoyoshi tour information center and enjoyed a very nice tour.

  • 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.

  • Hitoyoshi Craft Park Ishino
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    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...

  • Aso milk ranch
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunnishiharamura Kawahara 3944-1

    ミルク牧場入ってすぐの所、お土産屋さんの隣にあるお店です。 子供が小腹が空いたとのことで、ソフトクリームを食べました。300円だったかと思います。 美味しかったです。

  • DEN-EN Symphony Happiness Train
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
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    Hitoyoshi City Kumamoto Prefecture Hitoyoshi Onsen Station-Yumae Station
    This luxury sightseeing train running from Hitoyoshi Onsen Station to Yumae Station offers a relaxing ride while taking in the scenery of the Kuma region. Operated by the Kumagawa Railway, the colorful seats and other aspects of the interior have seasonal designs. The train slows down while passing sights along the way. Their Hospitality Corps provides services to passengers at the stations the train stops at.

    終点の湯前まで乗った普通列車が田園シンフォニーでした。観光列車だと思ってたので人吉温泉駅では乗ってイイのかなと思った位に素敵な車内でした。時期的に空いていて、車窓も桜が咲いていて、天気も良く風景も満喫出来とても良かったです。

  • Orange Restaurant Express
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Yatsushiroshi Shin-Yatsushiro Station - Sendai Station
    Enjoy a meal while rolling down the tracks on this dining train run by the Hisatsu Orange Railway. They serve a variety of fare depending on which train you take, including baked goods and coffee for breakfast, lunch with authentic French cuisine, and delicious dinners you can enjoy while taking in the sunset.

    2年半ぶりの乗車。前回はブレックファスト(当時は9,500円)だったが、今回は最も人気のある2便(スペシャルランチ)。新八代駅の改札前で受付を行い、乗車証明書、食事のメニュー、駅マルシェでのお土産引換券を受け取る。 車両は2年半前と同じ内装であるが古さは感じない。水戸岡鋭治はワンパターンと揶揄されることがあるが、心にやすらぎを与えるデザインは先駆者であり他の模倣者とは明らかに質が違う。時期がらさ...

  • Tourist Farm KICHIJIEN
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    13 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshikitaku Uekimachikitome 556-1
    This large tourist farm in Kita Ward, Kumamoto City offers a variety of seasonal fruits picking including grapes, apples, and strawberries. They also have their own store on-site. Stop by their KICHIJIEN café for some fresh fruit soft serve ice cream. From the farm there's a nice view of the town and the nearby mountains.

    週末だったからなのか、ずいぶん並びました。 小さめのパフェをオーダー。 並ぶほどではなかったかなぁ- のどかで景色は最高!

  • Amakusa Dolphin Cruise
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    11 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Itsuwamachifutae 4689-10
    Dolphin watching is a popular Amakusa tourist activity, and you can do it from this boarding point in Itsuwa-machi, Amakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture. Join a tour and you're almost certain to encounter schools of wild bottlenose dolphins. They also offer a plan that includes deep sea fishing along with dolphin watching. They don't mind if you bring your pet along.

    We went on a cruise boat to spot and watch wild dolphins at sea. We sailed for about 30mins before we caught sight of first dolphins. Then they were appearing everywhere. Quite a wonderful sigh to...

  • EL PATIO RANCH
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    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Ichinomiyamachisanno 2305-1
    "This tourist ranch is in Aso City. Guests enjoy horseback riding and dining while taking in the magnificent scenery of the Aso area from their nearly one-square kilometer grassland. They have a horseback riding school and experiential programs that are accessible for beginners. They also have a North American diner themed restaurant that serves specialty steaks and ""Yogan (lava) plate B.B.Q.."""

    口コミ情報を見て伺いましたが、料理が美味しくて、価格もお手頃で満足出来ました。店内の雰囲気も良かったです。

  • Fruit Country Couples
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    Kumamoto Aso-shi Nishimachi 1003-3
    A tourist farm where you can go fruit picking and take in a view of majestic Mt. Aso. In fall, the farm offers apple and grape picking and, from winter through spring, strawberry picking. Amazingly, fruit picking requires no advance reservation, is time unlimited, and all-you-can-eat. The farm makes use of organic cultivation techniques and grows its apples without pesticides, and its safe, healthy fruits are one of the reasons behind its popularity. The farm's cafe serves homemade apple pie, specially made jams, and soft serve ice cream with strawberries in it, making it an irresistible stop for sweets-lovers.

    アップルパイはとても美味しい!いつもお土産にテイクアウトして帰ります。阿蘇に来たら必ず立ち寄る場所の一つです。

  • Railway torokko train “Yusuge-go”
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    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.
  • Yuhoen Fruits Land
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshinishiku Kawachimachitake 1144
    This is a tourism farm located approximately 20 minutes by car from the JR Kami-Kumamoto Station, and only 30 minutes from the Kumamoto Castle. Here, one can enjoy picking mikan citrus and grapes, or purchase fruit from the direct sales store. The fruits that are harvested here include mikans, grapes, Japanese pears, persimmons, peaches, and strawberries. Visitors can also buy farm fresh eggs, go digging for bamboo shoots, or search for chestnuts. The cafe, Kawayuka, located in the farm serves dishes and desserts using the freshly picked fruits from the farm.

    We called up the farm and discovered to our dismay that the farm is almost for fruit picking very month of the year...except June! We were there in mid-June. However, they were open for trout fishing...

  • Amakusa Dolphin Watching Reception Desk Reservation Center
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    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Itsuwamachionike Hikisaka 2463
    You can pick out the boarding point for this tourist cruise in Itsuwa-machi, Amakusa City by its yellow tents. Stop there to book their 60-minute excursions to view schools of wild dolphins in the nearby sea. Between spring and autumn, you may even encounter baby dolphins. Their AMAKUSA KAISEN-KURA restaurant with its seafood bake is a popular spot with visitors taking the dolphin cruises.
  • Aso Kusasenri horseback riding club
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    Kumamoto Pref. Asoshi Akamizu 1929
    At horse-riding facility Kusasenri, one can feel the magnificent nature of Aso. This facility is especially attractive because even small children can enjoy experiencing safe riding with a carefully-oriented horse. Depending on the time available, three courses are prepared.
  • Minamiaso Iwashita Sanchi Strawberry Farm
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    Kumamoto Aso-gun Minamiasomura Ryohei 2174
    This strawberry farm is a five-minute drive from Minamiaso-Shirakawasuigen Station. The farm sprawls on land 500 meters above sea level and cultivates its strawberries using raised platforms built using wood from Aso. The farm makes use of plastic greenhouses, ensuring visitors can pick strawberries even in the middle of winter or on rainy days; the farm grows many varieties of strawberries, including Hinoshizuku, Benihoppe, and Oi C Berry. The farm offers two different strawberry picking courses which let you pick various strawberry varieties - a 60-minute, all-you-can-eat course; and a course in which you pick only the amount you can eat and pay based on how much you pick. As the farm is closed on days when it has no ripe, red berries for visitors to pick, it's a good idea to call the farm before you come to check.
  • Mizu no Ue no Gakko
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    Kumamoto Kuma-gun Mizukamimura Yuyama 126-1
    "This organization conducts green tours across the Mizukami Village area. Based on the theme of ""finding your own origin point,"" the organization offers some 15 varieties of educational activities. The organization's activities also come in two varieties - standing activities that are always offered, and special event activities. On the organization's forest therapy tour, a standing activity, tour staff introduce Mt. Ichifusa, the second highest peak in Kumamoto Prefecture, and participants can walk amidst a magical environment engendered by huge cedar trees over 1,000 years old. The organization also frequently holds special event activity classes such as fishing for wild yamame trout, and stargazing. All tours require the organization to schedule an instructor and thus a reservation must be made at least one week in advance."
  • Korogi Blueberry Farm
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    Kumamoto Kami-mashiki-gun Yamatocho Sugeo 1344-1
    This blueberry farm sprawls at the foot of Mt. Aso's southern outer crater. Adjoining the Utase Camping Ground, here visitors can have fun picking blueberries. In most years, blueberry picking is offered from July through early September. The farm also grows some of its blueberries in greenhouses, and customers appreciate the fact that you can pick blueberries here even on rainy days. You can purchase the blueberries you pick to take home. The farm also sells soft serve ice cream and homemade jam made with blueberries.

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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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