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  • Oe Catholic Church
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Amakusamachioe 1782
    Approximately a five-minute walk from the Tenshudo Iriguchi bus stop, this church was the first built in Amakusa after the ban on Christianity was lifted. The current building was built in 1933 with the private funds of the French missionary Father Garnier who dedicated his life to spreading Christianity in Amakusa. A building with Romanesque architecture, the church with beautiful white walls is a symbol of Christianity in Amakusa to this day. There are statues of Father Garnier and the Virgin Mary on the premises. It is also known for being visited by five poets such as Yosano Tekkan.
  • AINO AMAKUSA MURA
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    98 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...

  • Ebino Miyagawa (Shikaki Shop)
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    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Shikakimachi Takagaki 2698-1
    This seafood restaurant in Amakusa City serves fresh Japanese tiger prawns they farm themselves in the waters off Amakusa. The reasonably priced menu includes their popular Prawn Kaiseki banquet cuisine and their Miyagawa Gozen Japanese meal sets featuring prawn and other local marine bounty. These sets are limited to 10 meals per day.

    天草で美味しい海鮮と言う話で来ました。車海老が名物で海老会席定食2380円で満足しました。他に海老踊り定食1840円もあります。

  • Tomioka Visitor Center
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    3.5
    15 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.

    天草の自然やキリシタンに関する文化・歴史資料の展示がありました。富岡城本丸跡の高台にあり、無料で入場できます。

  • Takabutoyama Lookouts
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Matsushimamachiamura
    This observation platform is in Kamiamakusa City. The nationally designated scenic spot overlooks Unzen-Amakusa National Park and the islands of Amakusa Matsushima. You can also see the first to the fifth bridges that connect the Amakusa Islands. There are 30 cherry trees on the hilltop around the lookout, so there are lots of visitors in spring when the flowers are in bloom.
  • Mt. Senganzan Lookout
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Matsushimamachiaitsu
    This observatory is in Kamiamakusa City. Designated a National Cultural Property and Place of Scenic Beauty, it has a view of the Amakusa Islands and the five bridges that connect them. You can see the Ariake Sea to the west, the Yastsushiro Sea to the east, and even out to Mt. Aso on clear days. Around the lookout are both wild mountain cherry trees and ones that have been planted. It's a popular spot when they're in bloom.
  • Koyoji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Matsushimamachiaitsu 2856
    This temple is in Unzen-Amakusa National Park, part of Kamiamakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture. It's the twenty first temple on the Kyushu pilgrimage to 33 sites sacred to the bodhisattva Kannon. It's well known for its Matsushima-Jiko Kannon image that's said to help believers maintain a clear mind as they age. The head priest plays guitar while delivering his sermons. These have become quite popular and even draw tours from beyond Kyushu.
  • Matsushima Kanko Hotel Misakitei
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    3.5
    10 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.

    ランチでお邪魔しましたが、かなりボリュームがあり ホテルだけあって味も美味しかったです。 2,000円少々にしてはコスパが良いですよ。

  • Amakusa Matsushima Observation Deck
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Matsushimamachiaitsu 5986
    This 20-meter high lookout is near Matsushima Bridge, one of the five bridges connecting the Amakusa Islands. It has a view of the five bridges, seasonal island scenery, and even the Shimabara Peninsula and Mt. Unzen on clear days. It's also a great spot to catch the sunset and has been chosen as one of Japan’s 100 best sunset destinations. Since there's a parking lot, it's easy to stop off while you're driving by.
  • SEA CRUISE
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    4.5
    58 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...

  • Yasuragi no Yu Umihotaru
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Matsushimamachiaitsu 6136
    This hot spring hotel in Kamiamakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture, has a bath with an amazing view of the sea. The sodium chloride thermal spring is said to help alleviate nerve pain and muscle soreness. They have a bedrock bath and popular reservable private open-air baths with a one-of-a-kind ambiance. Day visitors are welcome so the facility sees lots of tourists.
  • Takokaisen
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Kamiamakusashi Matsushimamachiaitsu 6225-8 Pearl Center 2F
    This seafood restaurant is located on the second floor of the Amakusa Pearl Center. They offer fare like seafood on rice and sashimi meal sets that use the finest ingredients. It's popular with tourists for its group menu and its lunch buffet.

    前島橋の近くにあるパールセンター。真珠などのお土産物やレストランも充実。天草四郎の銅像や海中水族館も併設。展望台からの天草の海・島々の眺めも最高。

  • Komatsuya Nagisakan
    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.
  • Roadside Station Kamiamakusa Sunpearl
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    3.5
    59 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    JR三角駅からバスで天草市に行く時、直行便がないため、ここのバス停で、熊本市から来るバスに乗り換える。待ち時間には、同じ敷地の道の駅の海産物などを見ると、楽しい。

  • Amakusa Collegio Museum
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    3.5
    32 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...

  • Ushibuka Sea Station (Ushibuka Port)
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Amakusashi Ushibukamachi 2286
    This Umi-no-Eki sea station facility on National Route 266 is popular with tourists visiting adjacent Ushibuka Port. Their specialty shop has a large fish tank full of migratory varieties. They sell seasonal fresh seafood and prepared seafood products, and their restaurant features the bounty of the sea. There's also a ferry ticket office and the Ushibuka Kaisaikan, Fisheries History Gallery.
  • 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

  • Amakusa Dolphin Watching Reception Desk Reservation Center
    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.
  • Tanaka Chikusan
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    4.5
    34 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.

    まぁ豪華な肉が食べられます。 このレベルはおそらく安い部類に入ると思う。 食べ放題飲み放題もメニューにあるが、飲み負けしてしまうと思う。ワインに日本酒までもが飲み放題だから。危ないね。 ハンドルキーパー付きで、本渡に宿泊であればチャレンジしてもいいかな〜 難点は、場所が遠い事と煙い。。。

  • 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...

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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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