Spots in Kumamoto Area

  • Kumamoto Castle
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    4.5
    2704 Reviews
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    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.

    I am a tourist so I had no idea about the earthquake that devastated Kumamoto in 2016. Still today, you can see the aftermath of the earthquake on the castle. I am so glad they are restoring it to...

  • Suizen-ji Joju-en Garden (Suizenji Park)
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    4.0
    770 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.

    One of the most beautiful sites in Kumamoto. I always return here, and will make sure to take friends to share the beauty of this park/shrine.

  • Kato Shrine
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    4.0
    356 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Honmaru 2-1
    Located on the northern part Kumamoto Castle's grounds, this Shinto shrine honors the local feudal lord Kato Kiyomasa, who is called by the name “Seishoko-san” by the locals in friendly manner. You can recognize it by its large white torii gate. The Seishoko Festival is held every year in July. Lots of people come for the night market the evening before the main event as well as the main festival's procession.

    This shrine, located in the premises of Kumamoto Castle, is dedicated to Kato Kiyomasa, a beloved hero of Kumamoto. But the foundation of this shrine is relatively new and it only dates back to Meiji...

  • Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens
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    4.0
    100 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...

  • Tsuruya Department Store
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    4.0
    110 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...

  • Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto
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    4.0
    117 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Kamitorichou 2-3 Plums Bear Sun Hall Kaikan 3F
    Opened in 2002, the Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto is an art museum spreading Kumamoto’s beloved artistic culture far and wide with the works of Kumamoto and Kyushu-born artists active nationwide. With a child-rearing space and childcare studio (Kids Factory) it can be enjoyed by families too. Travel 15 minutes from JR Kumamoto Station by bus or tram, and alight at Torichosuji.

    This museum was a fill in due to so much of the city being renovated; main tourist interest places are closed or limited access.

  • SL Hitoyoshi
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    5.0
    79 Reviews
    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.

    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...

  • Reigando Cave
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    72 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."""

    Be sure to have lunch at the cafe that offers delicious organic meals. Reigando is a hidden treasure to visit up in the mountain

  • Kengun Shrine
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshihigashiku Kengunhonmachi 13-1
    Located in Higashi Ward, this is the oldest Shinto shrine in Kumamoto City. It's dedicated to Takeiwatatsu-no-Mikoto, who is said to be the grandson of Japan's first emperor.  One of the four main Aso shrines, it has a roughly 1,200-meter approach called the Hatchobaba leading to it. There's also a lovely tower gate. The torii gate before it was built on the small size so as not to block the view. A sacred ginkgo tree is on the grounds, as well as the Sazare-ishi boulder sung about in the Japanese national anthem.

    i love this place, not so crowded & near around is enjoyable esp for fish pool outside the temple, they are all fat. ha. the temple roof is pretty. l love it.

  • Katsuretsu Tei (Shinshigai Main Restaurant)
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    4.5
    438 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Shinshigai 8-18 Hayashi Building 1F
    This Japanese restaurant specializing in pork cutlets is in Chuo Ward, Kumamoto City. They use high-quality Roppaku Kurobuta brand pork raised on Kagoshima's Kirishima Highlands. Their signature tonkatsu fried cutlets are served piping hot and have a savoriness you're going to love. Extra helpings of rice, cabbage salad, and akadashi miso soup are included with the price of your meal.

    It is no wonder that this restaurant of Tonkatsu gets a high grade. It was indeed one of the best Tonkatsu that I recently ate. It is tender and juicy, and moreover it doesn’t smell like a pork. The...

  • KUMAMOTO PREFECTURAL MUSEUM OF ART (Main Building)
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    4.0
    60 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

  • Lafcadio Hearn’s Former Residence
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    75 Reviews
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    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).

    In a small park behind Tsuruya department store, there is a former residence of Koizumi Yakumo, a famous writer of Meiji. As I am interested in literature, the visit was quite meaningful. Natume...

  • Roadside Station Misato Samata no Yu
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
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    Kumamoto Pref. Shimomashikigunmisatomachi Samata 705
    This roadside station is in Misato Town, Shimomashiki County. They sell seasonal produce as well as prepared products and specialty items like tofu moromi pickles made with local ingredients. Soak your fatigue away at their on-site hot spring spa. It has hot tubs like an open-air bath surrounded by garden greenery and a hinoki cypress bath. There's a lodge in a separate building where you can spend the night.

    午前中に日本一の石段を上り、その後霊台橋まで歩いた後に利用しました。 建物の外にある足湯は無料です。 物品販売所は小さく18時に閉まってしまいますが、温泉は広くて利用客も多く、食事をとることも出来ます。

  • Izumi Shrine
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    3.5
    66 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Kumamoto-shi Chuo-ku Suizenji Park 8-1
    This Shinto shrine is located inside Suizenji Jojuen Garden, a Momoyama-style circular strolling garden. The shrine was erected in 1878 to pray for the restoration of the local area, a castle town beneath Kumamoto Castle which was devastated by the Satsuma Rebellion. The shrine is principally dedicated to Hosokawa Fujitaka, founder of the Hosokawa clan; Hosokawa Tadaoki, the second Hosokawa lord; Hosokawa Tadatoshi, the third Hosokawa lord; and Hosokawa Shigekata, the eighth Hosokawa lord. The shrine is also dedicated to later lords of the Hosokawa clan as well as Gracia, wife of Tadaoki. The current shrine was rebuilt in 1973 after the original was damaged during World War II. The shrine is still widely visited and is believed to grant worshipers luck in scholarly, martial, and industrial endeavors.

    When you first enter the Suizenji Garden the large torii at the entrance to the Izumi Shrine is clearly in sight. It is impossible (I believe) to visit the shrine without paying the entrance fee for...

  • Sakuranobaba Josaien
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    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.

    the museum is built mainly for young kids. most of the presentation is made for taking pictures or for kids amusement, the movie is informative but the presentation that follows is only in...

  • Kumamoto Prefectural Traditional Crafts Center
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    4.0
    51 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.

    A very special place to find gifts and souvenirs - woven place mats, ceramics, scarves, tea sets....

  • 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。

  • Fujisaki Hachiman-gu Shrine
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    3.5
    47 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Igawabuchimachi 3-1
    This shrine is located in Chuo Ward, Kumamoto City. Founded in 935, it honors the Emperor Ojin, Empress Jingu, and Sumiyoshi Sanjin (Three Gods). It was the primary place of worship for the lords of Kumamoto Castle during the Edo period. The shrine was destroyed by fire in 1877 during the Satsuma Rebellion and later moved to its present location and rebuilt. Every September they hold the Annual Autumn Festival of Fujisaki Hachiman-gu Shrine with a procession of accompanying soldiers and elaborately decorated horses.

    Now revealed that they have been abusing horses at anual events for long time. Traditons?? religeon?? They should close the horific events to a buseing innocents animals...

  • Yulax
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Honjoumachi 722
    This hot spring spa located about a 3-minute walk from JR Heisei Station is open 24 hours a day. It's calcium - sodium chloride spring wells up from 1,000 meters underground. Besides warming you up nicely, it's said to help improve blood circulation. The natural hot spring water is used for not only bathtubs but also showers. It has a large public bath, an open-air bath, and a sauna. You'll want to stay and relax all day.

    サウナ好きには全国的に名が知られる温浴施設です。 複数種ある本格的サウナで全身の汗腺を開いた後は、 深さ171cmの天然水水風呂で引き締め、外気浴でディープなリラックスを味わい、 その後はリクライニング風呂で暖まりながらさらにリラックスが出来ます。 サウナ好きは全国どこからでも足を運ぶ価値があると思います。

  • KOKUTEI Kumamoto Ramen (Main Restaurant)
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    4.0
    151 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshinishiku Nihongi 2-1-23
    This ramen shop in Nishi Ward, Kumamoto City serves Kumamoto ramen made with garlic oil, noodles, and chashu pork they produce themselves. Their noodles are medium-thick and nicely textured. They go great with the shop's fragrant charred garlic oil which is slightly bitter and pork bone broth, which isn't too fatty and has a smooth aftertaste. Their carefully selected fresh eggs with beautiful yolks make the perfect addition.

    I was told the ramen in Kumamoto is known for their garlic tasting ramen.... that being said made me very leary as garlic doesnt agree with my tummy these days. When re received the bowl, the...

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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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