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What to Do in Kumamoto City

Kumamoto is one of the biggest cities in Kyushu. With nearly a million people living in Kumamoto City, you can be sure that there are plenty of things to do on a day out.

Index

  • Ippuufuumisan

  • Kumamoto Castle

  • Josaien

  • Suizenji Jojuen Garden

  • Shimotori Shotengai

  • Sakae Dori

  • Ippuufuumisan

    Ippuufuumisan

    Ippuufuumisan

    While it’s not your everyday food for Japanese people, horse meat is considered something of a delicacy. This isn’t exactly a traditional food, as it only became popular in the late 19th century and even more so once horses were no longer required for travel. Many horse meat restaurants specialize in thinly sliced, raw horse, but you can also find places that serve a cooked version. The taste is described as being a mix between beef and venison, with a slightly sweet and gamey flavor. If you’re in Kumamoto and feel like trying horse meat, head to Ippuufuumisan near Kumamoto Castle for a more upscale dining experience.

  • Kumamoto Castle

    Kumamoto Castle

    Kumamoto Castle

    During the Meiji Restoration Period, many of Japan’s castles were demolished, but luckily, Kumamoto Castle was spared and is one of the most complete castles in Japan. Sadly, the castle was damaged by an earthquake in 2016, but repairs are underway and this is still one of the more beautiful places to visit in Kumamoto. Hundreds of cherry blossom trees cover the castle grounds, making this a great destination in the spring.

  • Josaien

    Josaien

    Josaien

    The Josaien area is an Edo-style neighborhood that sits near Kumamoto Castle. This is a great place to check out some traditional shops and try some of the unique regional cuisine. For example, you can sample uni (sea urchin) croquettes, garlicky Kumamoto ramen, and more. This area also has some historical monuments and beautiful parks to enjoy.

  • Suizenji Jojuen Garden

    Suizenji Jojuen Garden

    Suizenji Jojuen Garden

    A few stops from Kumamoto Castle, you can find the Suizenji Jojuen Garden. This is a great area to have an afternoon stroll and enjoy some of the well-manicured gardens often associated with traditional Japan. There are several recreations of important Japanese landmarks; there’s even a miniature Mt. Fuji.

  • Shimotori Shotengai

    Shimotori Shotengai

    Shimotori Shotengai

    If you feel up for shopping, karaoke, or are feeling a bit hungry, Kumamoto is home to the longest covered shopping arcade in Kyushu. Shimotori Shotengai is similar to many of the covered downtown areas throughout Japan, but it’s a good bit longer than most. There are plenty of cafes, bars, and restaurants in this area, so it’s one of the centers of Kumamoto’s nightlife.

  • Sakae Dori

    Sakae Dori

    Sakae Dori

    Another popular nightlife area is the area. This is an area that mostly specializes in bars and live music venues. Visiting the bustling Sakae Street could be a really great way to end your day in Kumamoto. Pay attention to the signs outside of bars on the street; they’ll let you know what’s going on inside and tell you if there’s a table charge for the event.

    Ippufumisan
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Shimotori 1-7-7
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    0963558125
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    Kumamoto Castle
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Honmaru 1-1
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    0963525900
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    Sakuranobaba Josaien
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Ninomaru 1-1
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    0962885600
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    Suizen-ji Joju-en Garden (Suizenji Park)
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    Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Suizenjikouen 8-1
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    0963830074
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