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Getting Around Kumamoto

There’s definitely no shortage of places to visit when in Kumamoto, but with a landmass of over 7,000km² getting around is no easy feat. No matter whether you’re planning to scale the mountainous peaks of Aso, spend some time in the hot spring populated hub of Yamaga, or just explore Kumamoto city while riding along the local tram network, there are a number of ways to get around. Here’s a guide to the best ways to get out there and explore this scenic and diverse prefecture.

Index

  • Kumamoto Airport

  • Kumamoto City Train Station

  • Kumamoto Mascot Train

  • Kumamoto City Tram

  • By car

  • Den-En Symphony Train in Hitoyoshi

  • Kumamoto Airport

    Kumamoto Airport

    Kumamoto Airport

    Depending on where you’re travelling from, one of the most direct and time efficient ways to get to Kumamoto is to fly into Kumamoto Airport. From Osaka you can catch one of the regular flights that depart from Itami airport daily, the trip takes around an hour and prices, depend on the season. From Tokyo you can access Kumamoto Airport from both Haneda and Narita. A direct flight takes around one hour and 45 minutes; prices vary depending on carrier and season. Once at the airport you’ll find a large network of transport options including bus services, and car rental facilities.

  • Kumamoto City Train Station

    Kumamoto City Train Station

    Kumamoto City Train Station

    The main station that connects Kumamoto city with the rest of the prefecture is JR Kumamoto City Train Station. If you’re travelling via shinkansen from Tokyo, Osaka or any of the country’s other major cities, chance are you’ll arrive here as it’s one of the main stops on the Kyushu Shinkansen line. This station is also serviced by the Kagoshima Main Line and the Hōhi Main Line. At the front of the station you’ll find a network of buses and the Kumamoto City Tram stop.

  • Kumamoto Mascot Train

    Kumamoto Mascot Train

    Kumamoto Mascot Train

    One of the highlights of riding around Kumamoto on public transport is the prefecture’s incredibly cute Kumamon character train. A symbol of Kumamoto, Kumamon is one of Japan’s most popular prefectural mascots. The special Kumamon train runs along the Hisatsu line, a popular local scenic route. Travelling between Kumamoto to Hitoyoshi city, the train climbs along the water’s edge offering incredible views of the neighboring sea. If you have a little time to spare and are looking to do a little more sightseeing, be sure to hop aboard this eye-catching train.

  • Kumamoto City Tram

    Kumamoto City Tram

    Kumamoto City Tram

    Although it’s a not too common a sight of Japanese streets, in Kumamoto City you’ll be greeted by the local trams that cut through the center of the city. The trams serve the city’s main points of interest in including Kumamoto Station, Kumamoto Castle, Suizen-ji Joju-en Garden, and Arcade Area. A ride on the tram costs 170 Yen for adults and 90 Yen for children under 12, making it an affordable way to get around, and a great way to see the sights. Be sure to remember to pay once you get off the tram, not when you get on (like a bus).

  • By car

    By car

    By car

    One of the easiest and quickest ways to see all the hidden, heard to reach delights of Kumamoto is by getting around by car. You can easily pick up a rental car from the Kumamoto Airport. One of the most scenic routes to take by car is along Route 339 to Daikanbo in Aso. If you’re leaving from Kumamoto, along the way you’ll pass by Kabutoiwa View Point, which offers breathtaking views of the city below, be sure to pull over and check it out. If venturing further, chances are you’ll head along Kyushu Expressway, which runs along the eastern coast through Fukuoka, the eastern half of the Saga, and Kumamoto, connecting the northern city of Yamaga with the most southern points of Kumamoto like Minamata city.

  • Den-En Symphony Train in Hitoyoshi

    Den-En Symphony Train in Hitoyoshi

    Den-En Symphony Train in Hitoyoshi

    For the ultimate sightseeing train journey, consider grabbing a ticket to board the Den-En Symphony Train which runs along the Kumagawa Rail Road. Each car on this train has been thoughtfully designed to represent one of Kumamoto’s four distinct seasons. Inside the interior has been crafted with local hinoki wood, and the speakers play Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral.’ The train connects Hitoyoshi-Onsen Station in Hitoyoshi with Yunomae Station in Yunomae and typically runs on weekends and holidays.

    Kumamoto Airport
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kikuchigunkikuyoumachi Totsugi
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    Kumamoto
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshinishiku Kasuga 3-chome
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    田園シンフォニー
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    熊本県人吉市人吉温泉駅-湯前駅
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    0966-23-5011
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