Spots in Yatsushiro / Minamata / Kuma Area

  • Aoi Aso-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    199 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Hitoyoshishi Kamiaoimachi 118
    This shrine was built in 806, the first year of Emperor Heizei’s reign, and became known as the shrine dedicated to the local deity of the Kuma region. The main building was constructed starting in 1610 over the course of approximately three years by Nagatsune Sagara, and it still stands today. It features a black thatched roof with steep slopes, as well as gorgeously colored, exquisitely decorative Momoyama-style sculptures. In 2008, the five sections of the main shrine building were designated National Treasures. White flowers bloom around the lotus pond in early summer, making it quite a sight to behold.

    This wooden carving Aoi Shrine has over 1200 years history. The 5 structures has been recognized National Treasures in 2008; The gate, Mail hall, Corridor, Offering hall and Oratory. There are...

  • Eikokuji Temple (Ghost Temple)
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Hitoyoshishi Dotemachi 5
    "This historic Soto sect Zen Buddhist temple is the ninth stop on the Higo pilgrimage to 33 sites sacred to the bodhisattva Kannon. Also known as the Ghost Temple, it has a hanging scroll depicting a ghost from a temple legend that has been passed down since ancient times. The pond behind the main hall is where the ghost was said to have appeared. They have a popular Ghost Festival every August, where for one night only they open a ""Ghost House"" and various festival stands set up shop."

    Eikokuji was on one of the main road, cemetery was on both side to the path leading to the temple. Atmosphere was not good. Better not to go in as there were much more attractive shrines to visit in...

  • Kuma River Boat Cruise
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    4.0
    39 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.

  • Hitoyoshijo Castle History Museum
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Hitoyoshishi Fumotomachi 18-4
    Located on the site of Hitoyoshi Castle, this museum has displays on the construction and history of the castle, including the 12-meter long Kuma Ezu diagram. A reconstructed stone cellar gives you a chance to see the masonry of that period. These are quite rare in Japan. They also have facilities for meetings and trainings, and locals use it as a place to study.

    This place is in Hitoyoshi city,Kyushu It is what a samurai made in the basement of his house in Edo period around 1630. His name is Seibei Sagara. At that time,it is thought that he got a design...

  • Gokanosho
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Yatsushiroshi Izumimachi
    Gokanosho is a collective name for a region of five local settlements, and is approximately 60 minutes from the Matsuhashi or Hitoyoshi Interchange of the Kyushu Expressway. This region surrounded by the steep ravines of the Kyushu Central mountain range is said to have been established by the Heike clan after being defeated at the Battle of Danno-ura. Located here is the Heike no Sato, culture and history museum which tells of the settler’s folklore and lifestyles of that period. Also the Kureko Kodai Dance, a National Important Intangible Cultural Property, is performed annually within the Kureko shrine precincts commemorating their settlement on August 15, September 1, and November 3. This region is also an exquisite spot for enjoying autumnal foliage and fresh verdure.

    once you pass the toll gate for Nita Pass, the scenery changes and brilliance explodes in front of your eyes!! be sure to head there right early in the morning as the sun rises quite early. the...

  • ECO PARK MINAMATA
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Minamatashi Shiomichou 1-231-12
    This large 58-hectare park is on land reclaimed from Minamata Bay. It's divided into Sea, Town, Village, and Mountain zones, and has a rose garden, a roadside station, an athletic field, and other sports facilities. A place the locals like to gather, it's frequently the venue for sporting competitions.

    Great for going for a stroll. I love the bamboo park. It is so peaceful and lovely. The rose garden is gray in May.

  • Fukuda Farm
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    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.

    if you happen to travel to Minamata, please visit this place. I cant describe the beauty in the morning. With the dew, sunlight, sakura and also break taking scenery.

  • Hitoyoshi Craft Park Ishino
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    4.0
    21 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...

  • Hotel Hana no Shou (Yu no Kura)
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Hitoyoshishi Higashiaidashimomachi Yoneyama 3316
    This hot spring hotel in Hitoyoshi City, Kumamoto Prefecture welcomes day visitors as well as overnight guests. The weakly alkaline spring is gentle on the skin and is known its beautifying properties. Facilities include a large stone bath, a sauna, and an open-air bath that overlooks the city. Their six reservable private baths with Japanese-style decor are popular too.

    We booked a non-smoking twin room but was given a room that smells of cigarette. It was a strange room that is barrier-free. So the bathroom configuration was very strange and had a very strange...

  • DEN-EN Symphony Happiness Train
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
    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.

    終点の湯前まで乗った普通列車が田園シンフォニーでした。観光列車だと思ってたので人吉温泉駅では乗ってイイのかなと思った位に素敵な車内でした。時期的に空いていて、車窓も桜が咲いていて、天気も良く風景も満喫出来とても良かったです。

  • Hitoyoshi Onsen Shirasagiso
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Hitoyoshi-shi Shimobayashimachi 2647-2
    "A hot spring hotel located about a 10-minute drive from Hitoyoshi Interchange on the Kyushu Expressway. Visitors enjoy the hot spring water flowing continuously from the source. The spring is also known as ""Bijin-no-yu"" and ""Kodakara-no-yu."" The sodium chloride hydrogen carbonate water leaves the skin feeling soft and slippery to the touch. It's a well-known hot spring, used widely by locals and those from further away, both within and outside the prefecture. Its Japanese restaurant overlooks the spring water pond, selected as one of the 100 Best Springs in Kumamoto Prefecture. The eatery is a good place to try Hitoyoshi Kuma's local cuisine, including sweetfish, yamame trout, and carp. Both banquet and private rooms are available, making it great for a variety of occasions."

    Fabulous 100-year-old Ryokan. Wildlife and scenery in the area is wonderful, including cranes fishing in the lake. Nice traditional onsen. Great welcome and great food! Very helpful. They called me...

  • Orange Restaurant Express
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
    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.

    2年半ぶりの乗車。前回はブレックファスト(当時は9,500円)だったが、今回は最も人気のある2便(スペシャルランチ)。新八代駅の改札前で受付を行い、乗車証明書、食事のメニュー、駅マルシェでのお土産引換券を受け取る。 車両は2年半前と同じ内装であるが古さは感じない。水戸岡鋭治はワンパターンと揶揄されることがあるが、心にやすらぎを与えるデザインは先駆者であり他の模倣者とは明らかに質が違う。時期がらさ...

  • Roadside Station Komoriuta no Sato Itsuki
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kumamoto Pref. Kumagunitsukimura Kou 2672-54
    This roadside station is in Itsuki Village, Kuma County. Its specialty shop sells shochu liquor made with local rice, venison, seasonal produce, and prepared items like gelatin and juice made with village grown citrus fruit. Watch for the vendors preparing salt grilled masu trout. Their spa is equipped with a whirlpool and electric bath. There are also a traveler's center providing information on sightseeing events and more and a natural hot spring bathhouse.

    色々な山の幸,田舎の幸を買うことができます(いわゆる土産用の菓子もあります)。とにかく「しっかりずっしりした豆腐」と厚揚げが最高だった。また買いたいなあ。

  • Shoryuken
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kumamoto Pref. Hitoyoshishi Houraimachi 12-15
    Located approximately three kilometers via Prefectural Route 54 from the Hitoyoshi Interchange on the Kyushu Expressway, this inexpensive and tasty local food, gyoza pot sticker restaurant is loved in Hitoyoshi. Their gyoza, with an exquisite balance of crispy thin skin, fragrant texture and juicy secret filling, are small, have a good aftertaste, and most people order portions for two people or more. The only other menu items besides gyoza are rice and beer. The ingredients are of course all handmade up to the skin and sauce, so it closes as soon as everything is gone. You can also make takeout orders.

    美味しい噂は以前から知ってたけどようやく行けました。 ちょっと待ったけどすぐに席につけて堪能しました。 餃子は小ぶりで野菜がいっぱい入ってるみたいで、一人2人前食べたけどあっという間に食べてしまいました。 噂に違わず美味しかったです。駐車場狭いけど近くに臨時駐車場がありました。

  • Roadside Station Minamata
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kumamoto Pref. Minamatashi Tsukinoura 54-162
    This roadside station is on the grounds of Eco Park Minamata on National Route 3. It's well known for its rose garden with about 750 varieties. They have rose soft serve ice cream made with domestically produced rose extract. Its restaurant Aji-no-Eki Takenko has a lunch buffet that's popular with locals and tourists alike.

    道の駅を探すが、ナビ上の位置に水俣観光物産館とある、どちらも同じ電話番号。 物産館内は、精製食品関係と民芸品や菓子類等のコーナに分かれる。 海産物の加工品とかんきつ類が豊富であった。 昼時で、ドライブ途中で食べられるお弁当。御握り購入・

  • HAKUTAKE DENSHOGURA kuma shochu museum
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Hitoyoshishi Gounoharumachi 461-7
    This museum in Hitoyoshi City, Kumamoto Prefecture is dedicated to Hakutake, a kind of Japanese rice shochu. It presents the traditional manufacturing process of the Takahashi Distillery through videos and has displays of shochu making equipment in their exhibition area. They also have an area for tastings where you can try shochu varieties like Hakutake and Shiro and then purchase a bottle of the one you like best to take home.

    Visited Kuma Shochu Museum to learn how Shochu is made. Followed by shochu and umeshu tasting. We bought a few small bottles of umeshu to try. Nice museum and wide selection of liquor.

  • Otachimisaki Park
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    4.5
    11 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kumamoto Pref. Ashikitagunashikitamachi Tanouramachi 145
    A park located in Ashikita Town, Ashikita County, Kumamoto Prefecture. The park's full array of facilities includes lawn skiing, slides, tennis courts, a fishing ground, putting golf course, and campground. In summer, the park's beach, the largest artificial beach in the prefecture, attracts large numbers of visitors. The park is also a renowned destination for flower viewing, with some 1,300 Yoshino cherries growing along the road, and during the blooming season the park bustles with visitors.

    Otachimisaki Park is a cape with stunning views of Amakusa islands and the Ashikita coastline. The Ashikita symbol tower offers a particularly good panorama. In April, cherry blossoms line the road...

  • Roadside Station Ashikita Dekopon
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kumamoto Pref. Ashikitagunashikitamachi Sashiki 443
    This roadside station is in Ashikita Town, Ashikita County. It has a farmers market run by JA Ashikita that sells seasonal vegetables, including a local specialty fruit called dekopon. They also offer Ashikita beef, fresh fish, prepared products, and their popular homemade omanju buns and sekihan red beans and rice. There's a restaurant and a tourist information center too.

    品揃えは豊富です。 が、地元の商品は少ないようで、JA店舗のような印象です。お肉やお魚が充実していました。

  • Tsunagi Onsen Shikisai
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kumamoto Pref. Ashikitaguntsunagimachi Iwaki 435
    A day trip hot spring bathhouse located in Tsunagi Town, Ashikita District, Kumamoto Prefecture. The bathhouse' vaunted scenic outdoor bath is reached via a ride on a retro monorail; built halfway up a cliff, bathers can enjoy a 270 degree panoramic view of downtown Tsunagi and the Yatsushiro Sea. The waters of the bathhouse' mildly alkaline simple spring are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, stiff shoulders, sensitivity to cold, and fatigue. These muddy, light brown waters are also used in the bathhouse' four family baths. People say you can soak in the outdoor bath all day without getting tired of it. Due to its high position, it is also famous as a sightseeing destination.

    初めて利用させて頂きました! 安かったのでそれ程期待していなかったので、着いてから家族風呂を利用しました! 大人は400円で幼児は無料で私が障害者なので300円で我が家は大人2人と幼児2人で700円で入場出来て家族風呂が1時間1000円で安く入れて良かったです! 何度も入りに来たいです!

  • Hitoyoshi Onsen Bussan kan
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kumamoto Pref. Hitoyoshishi Kamiaoimachi 120-4
    This specialty shop is near Aoiaso-jinja Shrine in Hitoyoshi City, Kumamoto Prefecture. It's popular with Hitoyoshi sightseers. The shop sells local specialty items such as the Japanese sweet yubeshi, onsen manju buns, and local sake. The restaurant serves local cuisine and has a menu catered to groups. There's a footbath just outside the building, too.

    小さな町・人吉の中で、大規模な物産センターだと思います。お酒コーナー、土産コーナー、レストラン、足湯と、いくつかの施設があります。足湯は無料です。レストランは、だご汁800円など、郷土料理も味わえます。

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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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