Kumamoto

About Kumamoto

Kumamoto is in the center of Kyushu Island, and Mount Aso is the beloved heart of this beautiful prefecture. Aso-Kuju, Unzen-Amakusa National Parks, Mount Yabahita-hiko, and the Kyushu Central Mountains cover about 20% of the prefecture, perfect for hikers and outdoor adventures. Mount Aso is an active volcano with many hot springs and one of the world's largest calderas. For history buffs, Kumamoto City is an impressive prefectural capital proud of its historical sites, its famous castle, and the lovely Suizenji-joju-en Garden.

Places to visit in Kumamoto

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Kumamoto Castle

This castle, also known as Ginnan Castle (Ginkgo Castle), was built at the end of the 15th century by the Kato and Hosokawa family.

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Kurokawa Onsen

Famous hot spring resort town surrounded by nature, with both outdoor baths and traditional Ryokan hotels.

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Kumamon Square

Home to Kumamoto's rosy-cheeked black bear mascot, this activity center doubles as a souvenir shop. The mascot Kumamon was created by the Kumamoto government to

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Former Hosokawa Residence (Gyobutei)

Former residence of a branch family of the Hosokawa Samurai Clan from Edo Period. Designated as a National Cultural Property.

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Sakuranobaba Josaien

Sakuranobaba Josaien, located at the foot of Kumamoto Castle, is a tourist facility dedicated to the history, culture and food culture of Kumamoto. The facility

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Suizen-ji Joju-en Park

Suizen-ji Joju-en Park is a traditional Japanese garden and tea house set around a natural spring pond.

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Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Jinja Shrine

The highly spiritual atmosphere surrounding this Shinto shrine is one of the reasons why it is a well-known power spot. The large rock found in Kamishikimi Kuma

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Kumamon Square

Home to Kumamoto's rosy-cheeked black bear mascot, this activity center doubles as a souvenir shop. The mascot Kumamon was created by the Kumamoto government to

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Hayashi No Ikinari Dango

Located near Suizenji Jojuen Garden, this confectionary shop specializes in a traditional sweet famous in Kumamoto prefecture. Ikinari dango are sticky and swee

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Mount Ojo

A 1,238 meters tall peak in the mountainous region of Aso, Mount Ojo is also known as Ojo-dake.

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Aso Boy

Aso Boy is a limited express train that runs between Kumamoto and Miyaji via Aso. It offers panoramic observation seats with views of the mountain scenery, a wo

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Takefue

Takefue is an onsen ryokan (traditional hot spring inn) in Aso, Kumamoto.

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Hotels in Kumamoto

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Guesthouse Tiga

Offering dormitory rooms with free WiFi, Guesthouse Tiga is located in Kumamoto, 1.3 km from Kumamoto Castle and a 5-minute walk from Suidocho. Free private par

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Hitoyoshi Onsen Nabeyahonkan

Offering its services ever since the Edo period, Hitoyoshi Onsen Nabeyahonkan boasts views of Hitoyoshi Castle and Kuma River from all guestrooms, and offers fr

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Fujiya

Situated along a river in Kurokawa Hot Spring area, Fujiya offers traditional Japanese-style accommodation boasting natural hot spring baths.

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Oyado Kafugetsu

Oyado Kafugetsu is located in Minamioguni, 1.8 km from Kurokawa Onsen. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.

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Wasuki Tsukasakan

Wasuki Tsukasakan is situated in Kumamoto, 600 metres from Kumamoto Castle and 1.2 km from Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.

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Sumitsugu House West

Sumitsugu House West is a detached holiday home located in Kumamoto and featuring a garden with a terrace. Guests benefit from terrace. Free WiFi is available t

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