Kumamoto Access Guide


Fly in directly from major cities such as Tokyo Haneda or Narita, Osaka Itami or Kansai International or Chubu International, to cite a few, to the Aso-Kumamoto Airport. 
From the airport, airport limousine buses ply to downtown every 20 minutes and the ride takes 40 minutes. There are also bus services to and from Miyazaki, Oita, Beppu, Aso and Kurokawa Onsen.

From the Fukuoka Airport, it is also possible to connect to Kumamoto via a highway express bus service that takes two hours and around 2,000 yen. The JR Kagoshima Line also links Hakata Station to Kumamoto. 

There are bus services from Kumamoto Airport toOita (3 hours), Beppu (4 hours), Takachiho (3 hours), Aso (1 hours) and Kurokawa Onsen (90 minutes). Buses from Kumamoto to Miyazaki take 3 hours, 15 minutes.


Kumamoto is easily accessible by the Kyushu Shinkansen. Trains run frequently from Hakata station in Fukuoka in the north and Kagoshima in the south. The Kyushu Shinkansen connects Fukuoka to Kumamoto and Kagoshima with a branch to Nagasaki. From Tokyo, you can take a train connection combining the Nozomi, Sakura or Tsubame trains to Kumamoto and arrive in around 6 hours. 

The Sakura service links Kumamoto to stations on the Sanyo Shinkansen that runs from Hiroshima, Okayama and Osaka in the Kansai region. 


From Nagasaki at the southern tip of the Kyushu Prefecture, there are many ferry services available. You can take the JR Line from Nagasaki City through Isahaya then switch to the private Shimabara Line which takes you directly to Kumamoto Port. The cruise takes between 30-60 minutes depending on the route and line, and from the port you can hop on a bus that takes you to the Kumamoto city centre. 


Hop on the bus and tram network to get to most of the main sites. A convenient way to see the sights is to use the Castle Loop Bus which plies from the bus station to various attractions. The service runs from 8:30am to 5pm and a day-pass costs 300 yen. One loop takes 50 minutes. 

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