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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Aso milk ranch
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    3.0
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Asogunnishiharamura Kawahara 3944-1

    店内にパンで作った家を展示してありました。とてもカワイイ、カラフルなお家でした。 うま辛ウインナーパンが、ピリ辛で美味しかったです。値段は200円ぐらいでした。美味しかったですよ

  • 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.
  • Orange Restaurant Express
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • DEN-EN Symphony Happiness Train
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Kyukamura (Minami-Aso)
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    4.0
    70 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    April was a nice day to visit because there were Cherryblossoms in the park and by the highway. It was a nice adventure to drive in unending zigzag roads with some tunnels then mountains and hillside...

  • EL PATIO RANCH
    Travel / Tourism
    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.."""
  • Tourist Farm KICHIJIEN
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    イチゴ狩りの時期にイチゴ狩りに行ってきました。「紅あやね」というまだ珍しい種類のイチゴを食べさせていただきました。とっても大粒なイチゴなのに、とても繊細な甘みでおいしくびっくり。楽しい時間を過ごさせていただきました。イチゴ狩りの後は、隣接されたカフェでまたまたイチゴのスイーツを。新鮮なイチゴを贅沢に使ったパフェがとてもおいしかったです。他にも季節を通して色々な新鮮な果物をいただくことができます。秋...

  • 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.
  • Amakusa Dolphin Watching Reception Desk Reservation Center
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    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    オフィシャルサイトでは、イルカが見れられる確率が98%!とうたっていました。 ところが、参加日の前日、前々日と2日続けてイルカが発見できていないということを、当日、切羽詰まった船長さんに伺いました。それでも、自然相手のことなので仕方がないと思って出発しました。 いつもは10分も探せば見れるということでしたが、この日はいつものポイントへは行かず、熊本県から長崎県まで片道1時間半近くもかかる場所まで連...

  • Amakusa Dolphin Cruise
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    想像よりも近くで、また、多くのイルカを見ることができました。元気に飛び跳ねる度に、子供達だけではなく大人たちも大興奮でした。とても愛らしく、もちろん船はイルカが居るところに進んで行くのですが、イルカも船と競争しているかのようでした。イルカとの遭遇率は98%だそうです。

  • Kuma River Boat Cruise
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    4.5
    35 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • Fruit Country Couples
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    5.0
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    いちご狩りではトップランキングの同農園にある喫茶です。イチゴソフトは必見で他ではあまり食べることができないと思います。おいしかったです。

  • Hitoyoshi Craft Park Ishino
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Fukuda Farm
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Yuhoen Fruits Land
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Mt.Aso Ropeway
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    3.0
    29 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Aso-shi Kurokawa 808-5

    Yes, the ropeway is closed. It looks like, that this will remain for quite a long time. It seems to be due to both:the Kumamoto earthquake and the Mt. Aso eruption two years back. But:as mentioned...

  • Matunaganippontokentanrensho
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Araoshi Kawanobori 1907-80
  • Kumagawa Rafting Happy Surprise
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Hitoyoshishi Shimoharadamachi 830

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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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