Spots in Amakusa Area

  • AINO AMAKUSA MURA
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Oyanomachinoboritate 910
    This specialty shop in Kamiamakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture is well known for its roughly 15-meter statue of Amakusa Shiro, the tallest of its kind in Japan. Their Amakusa Umakamon Market sells local specialties and their Shima Café where you can enjoy the feeling of being in a tropical country serves various Asian sweets such as drinks with tapioca pearls. You can tour a chikuwa fish cake factory there too. Lots of visitors drop in here while sightseeing in Amakusa.

    About 5 km south of the 1st Pearl Line Bridge (where a new one is going up alongside the old), is a large parking lot on the west side of the road that you cant miss. Right on the road is a giant...

  • Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall
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    3.5
    80 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Oyanomachinaka 977-1
    Near the beginning of the Edo period, Shiro Amakusa led a popular uprising fueled by faith that would become known as the “Shimabara Rebellion.” The “Amakusa Shiro Memorial Hall” introduces the conflict’s background and historical context in an easy-to-understand manner using powerful video footage and other materials. Come trace the origins of this epic struggle for freedom and peace.

    This Memorial Hall has all the history of Shiro Amakusa and the island of Amakusa. It has an exhibition hall with English and Japanese description. What impressed us most is that there is a...

  • Roadside Station Ariake “Rippleland”
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    3.5
    62 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Ariakemachikoutsura 1955
    This roadside station is on National Route 324 just as you're entering Amakusa City. Its shop has lots of items featuring octopus, a local specialty. Stop at the restaurant for a bowl of takoten-don, octopus tempura on rice. Its popular day-use hot spring facility Sazanami-no-Yu has a great view of the Ariake Sea. It also has its trademark tower and a playscape for the kids.

    天草の有明タコ街道をドライの途中トイレ休憩で立ち寄りました。道の駅を併設した広い施設には物産館やレストラン、シンボルタワー、アスレチックなどの施設があり有明町の特産「タコ」を使った名物料理などの楽しめるレストランもありました。

  • Iruka Marine World
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    4.5
    91 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Itsuwamachifutae 2977
    This company, located in Amakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture, offers dolphin watching tours year-round off the coast of Amakusa. As you sail through waters that are home to approximately 200 wild Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, you’ll have many opportunities to come face-to-face with the curious creatures. Spring and summer are child-rearing season, so you may even encounter baby dolphins as well. The tour lasts about an hour, and young children are more than welcome.

    In the Indo-Pacific of Tsuji-Shima Island near Itsuwa-machi live about 200 wild Dolphins. It is said that 98% tourists visit here to encounter Dolphins. Dolphin-spotting Cruise fee 2000-4500...

  • L'isola Terrace Amakusa
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Matsushimamachiaitsu Matsushima-machi Aizu north 6215-16
    Built on prime real estate with a sweeping view of Shimabara Bay, L’isola Terrace Amakusa houses a restaurant where all seats have an ocean view, as well as a shop offering local Amakusa souvenirs. There is also a bar and shops carrying south sea knickknacks, clothing, and accessories in this multipurpose facility. With a children’s play area as well, the facility can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. From March 25, the facility holds an “Umi Akari” seaside illumination event from 6 p.m. onward. The magical sight of bamboo lanterns lit from within by candles is truly stunning. A three-minute walk from JR Misumi Station.
  • Roadside Station Kamiamakusa Sunpearl
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    3.5
    61 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Oyanomachinaka 11582-24
    This roadside station is on National Route 266 in central Oyano-machi. You can buy local seasonal produce and seafood from their specialty shop. The restaurant primarily serves fare made with local ingredients like seafood dishes and fried tonkatsu cutlet meal sets featuring Amakusa Bainiku brand pork. Bus parking is available, so it sees a lot of Oyano tourists.

    トイレと小規模な直売があるのみ、地元で地産の名物を食するといった道の駅ならではさはまったくありめせん。施設もたいしてきれいではありません。

  • SEA CRUISE
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    4.5
    59 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Amakusa Rozariokan
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Amakusamachioe 1749
    About 65 minute drive from the Amakusa Airport, or one minute walk from the Tenshudou Iriguchi bus stop. This museum houses a collection of valuable and rare objects related to the lives, culture, and faith of the underground Christians in Amakusa history. In addition to Maria kannon statuettes, the holy water urn used during funeral services, the ‘sutra-erasing urn’, which is a prefectural Important Cultural Property, on display, through videos, the history, nature, and underground Christians’ lives are introduced. The erstwhile mass is even a reenacted. This is experienced accompanied by ‘oratio’ sounds of prayer in a full scale diorama of a ‘hidden room’ especially built for secret worship services.

    I was impressed by the Christian artifacts that they kept for a long time. I was also touched by the faith of the old people, how they kept their faith even during the hard times. It is a must-visit...

  • Matsushima Kanko Hotel Misakitei
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    3.0
    47 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Matsushimamachiaitsu 4710
    This hot spring hotel in Kamiamakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture is popular with tourists who've come to see the city. It has an open-air bath where you can view the seasonal scenery of their Japanese garden, as well as four open-air reservable private baths, each with its own ambiance. The sodium chloride hot spring water is said to ease rheumatism and movement disorders. They welcome visitors who stop by just to use the baths.

    Stayed one night at Matsushima Kanko Hotel Misakitei on way to Kagoshima. It is located on a small hill next to highway and has a great view of the many small islets in inner sea. The service, food...

  • Amakusa Collegio Museum
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    3.5
    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Kawauramachishirakikawachi 175-13
    "This history museum in Amakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture is popular with tourists. It provides the chance to learn about Amakusa from the 16th century onward and its interactions with European culture. There are a variety of exhibits including materials related to the Collegio missionary school, and a replica of the Gutenberg printing press brought back to Amakusa by the boys and others of the ""Tensho Embassy."" Apart from their permanent exhibition, they regularly hold planned exhibits."

    We went to this place as part of the Amakusa Gurutto sightseeing bus. It gives a very good background of the start of Christianity in Japan. There are English translation on the description of the...

  • Komatsuya Nagisakan
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Oyanomachinaka 10044-3
    This day-use hot spring is in Kamiamakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture. Its open-air bath has a panoramic view that takes in the sea. Their indoor bathing area with its large window has an impressive view too. The sodium - calcium chloride hot spring water is said to help alleviate nerve pain and muscle soreness.

    We booked this hotel while on the way from Kumamoto to Amakusa before going to Nagasaki via the car ferry using the Onniike line...This hotel was a stop-by in between. The hotel is in d middle of...

  • Spa Thalasso Amakusa
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Kamiamakusa Oyanomachi Kami 732-14
    A large spa complex located on a hill with a sweeping view of the Ariake Sea which combines the natural hot spring waters of Kami-Amakusa with some of the best health and relaxation facilities in the country. The waters of the spa's sodium hydrocarbonate spring are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, cuts, and burns, providing bathers with a moment of pure bliss as they take in views of the vast seascape outside. The spa's thalassotherapy pool, which makes use of seawater, is renowned for relaxing both body and mind. The spa's popular restaurant, Kaiseki, serves seasonal cuisine with a focus on seafood from the ocean off Ariake, and diners can enjoy an exceptional meal along with beautiful scenery beyond the windows.

    まぁ、残念な女湯ですが、シャワーも あっち向いてホイするタイプ、止まるの早い、 シャワー黄色じゃないやつはいい感じでしたw 良いとこは、露天風呂景色最高!! 海を眺めながら入れます♥️

  • Tomioka Visitor Center
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusagunreihokumachi Tomioka 2245-15
    This museum is located on the ruins of the Tomioka Castle's keep in Amakusa County's Reihoku Town. Tomioka Castle was built by Terazawa Hirotaka, who became the feudal lord of Amakusa in 1601. The turret and the Korai-mon Gate have been restored. The facility also distributes tourist information, including on the history and natural environment of the Amakusa region.

    富岡城にある資料館です。まず、無料なのがうれしいですね。お城のことだけと思っていたら、サンゴなど、天草の自然についても紹介されていたので少しビックリしました。時間がないのがわかっていたのか、係の人は何も声をかけてきませんでした。

  • Amakusa Dolphin Cruise
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    4.5
    11 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.

    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...

  • Sakitsu Church
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Amakusa-shi Kawauramachi Sakitsu 539
    "A Gothic style church reconstructed in 1934. The composed and dignified building has a spire with a crucifix on top. The chapel's floor is covered with tatami mats, which is rare in Japan. The ""hidden Christians"" from the hamlet of Sakitsu on Yokaku Bay maintained their faith for nearly 240 years in the face of intense persecution that started with the complete ban of the religion in 1638. Also known as the ""Church of the Sea,"" the whole fishing port area where it stands was selected as an Important National Cultural Landscape in 2011."
  • Kaisenya-Fukushin
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    4.0
    45 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Matsushimamachiaitsu 6003-1
    This seafood restaurant is located in Kami-Amakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture, in a wonderful spot looking out onto the Amakusa sea and the nearby islands. The restaurant uses fresh seafood from the nearby sea to serve various dishes, such as sashimi, rice bowls and Gozen meals. The beautifully transparent meat of the fresh squid sashimi, taken directly from the tank, is one of the restaurant’s best dishes. The seafood rice bowl with a luxurious amount of seafood piled on is the most popular item on the rice bowl menu. Customers can enjoy their meals while looking out at a spectacular view of nature from their slightly raised seats by the large windows.

    Staff are very friendly Food quality is good Good variety of choices from cooked and raw dishes Went back for 3 consecutive evenings

  • Yasuragiso
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Amakusa-shi Kutamamachi no Hara 2193-2
    This is the only hot spring facility in Ushibuka, and it is located in the Kutama-machi area of Amakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture. It is located on a hill that is surrounded by greenery, and you can relax in an outdoor bath surrounded by nature, a large indoor bath, mist sauna and bath with water from the source. The quality of the spring is simple (weak alkaline, hypotonic, low temperature hot springs ), and the silky water is thought to be effective for softly conditions the skin and to treat such ailments as sensitivity to cold, nerve pain, muscle soreness as well as aid recovery from fatigue. You can enjoy dishes using local fresh seafood at the adjoining restaurant.

    牛深方面の海水浴後などに立ち寄るとよいかと。 温泉施設が併発されています。 お部屋はシンプルな和室。 豪華な作りではありませんが、清潔でした。 お食事はそれなりかなーとは思いましたが、お刺身などを含むセットなどを頼めばそこそこ楽しめるのではないかと思います。 温泉は夕方に入りましたけど、地元のじいちゃんとおぼしき人ばかりでしたw 綺麗な海で泳いで、温泉入ってから市内に渋滞に揉まれて長時間ドライブす...

  • Tanaka Chikusan
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    4.5
    35 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Itsuwamachijougawara 2-101-1
    This famous yakiniku barbecue house offers carefully selected, reasonably priced Japanese black beef from their own ranch. Their popular all-you-can-eat menu lets you dine on the tender marbled beef to your heart's content. People even come from far away to eat there, to the point that they sometimes have a line waiting for them to open.

    肉もおいしいですが(特選ランチを頂きました。)食べ放題の牛丼とカレーがおいしいことおいしいこと。何回でも行きたいです。

  • Janome zushi
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Amakusa-shi Ohamamachi 6-3
    In this sushi restaurant, located a 10-minute drive from Amakusa Airport, you can dine on fresh Amakusa seafood, including omakase chef's choice nigiri sushi and course meals made with seafood from the naturally abundant Amakusa Sea. The restaurant is replete with counter and private room seating and can accommodate formal marriage interviews, meetings, Buddhist memorial services, and a variety of other events. Particularly recommended is the restaurant's pink sea urchin from Reihoku in Amakusa, said to be the most delicious in the world. Fresh and rich in flavor, adding just a touch of salt is guaranteed to further increase its delicious taste to a surprising degree.

    お任せ12貫のセットを頼みましたが、どれも新鮮で美味しく、特に季節の特産の紫うには絶品でした。 食べ方は数貫以外は全て味がついており、そのままで食べるのがオススメです。 また、豆鯵の南蛮漬けがとても美味しかったです。 店員さんもとても親切で対応もよく、天草でお寿司ならここで間違いなしです。

  • Amakusa Kaisen-Kura / Dolphin Watching Center
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Itsuwamachionike 4733-1
    The Amakusa Dolphin Watching Center has a seafood restaurant attached with meal plans available that are popular with tourists. They hold seafood bakes featuring the fresh and seasonal bounty of the sea from around Amakusa. Their hearty awabi-odoriyaki (grilled live abalone) and raw sea urchin on rice is popular. The restaurant's right on the beach, so you can dine with a view of the sea.

    we join a trip for Dolphin visiting. the price is acceptable & quite interesting tour. regarding the seafood lunch, it also delicious

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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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