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  • 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...

  • Kumamoto Castle Sakuranobaba Josaien
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Ninomaru 1-1-2
    This is a sightseeing facility located in Sakuranobaba, at the foot of Kumamoto Castle, the symbol of Kumamoto. The facility consists of an area of souvenir shops, and eateries where you can try local Kumamoto cuisine, and Wakuwakuza, an experiential type exhibit, where you can learn about the history of Kumamoto Castle. A volunteer guide, who can show you Kumamoto Castle in about an hour, is always present at the general Tourist Information Center in the facility. It is a seven-minute walk from the “Hanabata-cho” tram stop.
  • Kumamoto Prefecture Bussan-kan
    2 Reviews
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Sakuramachi 3-1NTT West Sakuramachi building 1F
    This Bussan-kan is located in the center of the city. The facility has over 2,500 kinds of products local to Kumamoto including traditional crafts and foods, alcoholic beverages, as well as fruit and vegetables. It is easy to access being close to the transportation bus center, and is recommended to those wanting to buy souvenirs. It is a three-minute walk from the “Kumamotojo-mae” tram stop.


  • 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...

  • Suizen-ji Joju-en Garden (Suizenji Park)
    656 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    The park feels very peaceful & quiet. I spent the whole morning in the park. Thw toilets are clean too. I think it is worth paying 400 yen to enter this park.

  • Komurasaki Kamitori Chuo Branch
    56 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Kamitorichou 8-16
    Founded in 1954, this is a popular Kumamoto ramen shop located in the Kamitori arcade shopping area. Although pork bones are used as stock, the ramen is light and healthy with not so much fat content and mixes well with the thin noodles. The taste has been handed down from the first generation. The balance of fine bean sprouts, chashu (a thin roasted pork fillet), and charred garlic as soup toppings is exquisite. It is a seven-minute walk from the “Torichosuji” tram stop.

    Just days after setting up here in Kumamoto I decided to look for authentic Kyushu style tonkotsu ramen. This shop always looked busy so I got went in around 2pm and luckily there werent many...

  • 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.
  • Navaro
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Minamitsuboimachi 10-1 Be-9 Building BF
    This all-genre club is located on Satsuma Kaido Street (Kagoshima Kaido) near Fujisakigumae Station, and is operated as a bar on weekdays and a club and live house on weekends and for events. It has the strong support of music lovers because of its impressive acoustic equipment.
  • 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.
  • 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。

  • Suganoya Kamitori Branch
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Joutoumachi 2-12 Lion parking building 2F
    A restaurant founded in 1789 which specializes in basashi (horse meat sashimi), a local delicacy and specialty from Kumamoto Prefecture. Suganoya has been serving customers delicious “senbasashi” for over 220 years. The restaurant is fastidious about freshness and is thus also able to offer rare and choice cuts of horse meat. Customers coming without a reservation may find themselves turned away due to Suganoya’s popularity; accordingly, making an advance reservation is recommended. A two-minute walk from Kumamoto City Tram Torichosuji Station.
  • Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto
    108 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.

    We learnt so much about the surronding areas form this Museum. Lots of information on the earthquake that hit Kumamot a year ago, the hardship and the rebuilding and restoration they are currently...

  • Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Misumi West Port
    Kumamoto Pref. Ukishi Misumimachimisumiura
    This is a natural harbor at the western tip of the Uto Peninsula. It is counted among the three biggest harbors of the Meiji era, with a 756-meter-long stone pier, waterways, and beautiful western architecture. Retaining the same form as it held at the time of construction, it has been designated a National Important Cultural Property and in 2015 a World Cultural Heritage site.
  • Mifune Dinosaur Museum
    27 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.


  • Aqua dome Kumamoto
    15 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshiminamiku Arao 2-1-1
    This indoor swimming pool located in the south ward of Kumamoto City is used by many people throughout the year. Inside there is a 25-meter pool and training room which can be used in any season, a summer-only 50-meter pool and diving pool, and an autumn-only multipurpose floor. In winter the 50-meter pool becomes a skate rink, and one can enjoy ice skating and other ice sports. They hold various events including sports classes and ice shows.

    アクアドーム横に広い公園があり子どもが走り回ったりできます。 夏は外で水遊びができますよ。 アクアドーム内はジムがあり一回500円で気軽に行けます。

  • Former Residence of Natsume Soseki (Oe)
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Suizenjikouen 21-16
    The former residence of author Natsume Soseki is located next to the Janes Residence on the grounds of the Kumamoto Yogakko School. This is the third house that Soseki lived in while in Kumamoto, and it was moved from the former village of Oe to its current location. It is said to be the departure point for the journey described in his book Grass Pillow (Kusa-makura).
  • Suganoya Ginza-dori Shop
    61 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Shimotori 1-9-10 TM 21 building BF
    Suganoya is a restaurant specializing in horsemeat, located along Ginza-dori Avenue in Shimotori 1 Chome, Chuo Ward, in the city of Kumamoto. Diners can enjoy horse meat in several forms: raw, grilled, in a stew, or in “sushi.” They can also try raw horse liver or rare organ meats. Full-course meals are available in the evening, and at lunchtime, diners can choose steaks or raw horsemeat set meals.

    If you want to experience horse meat, the delicacy of Kumamoto, you want to do it here, as they prepare it sashimi, sushi or even barbecue style. A little steep, but if this is a once in a lifetime...

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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