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Things to Do in Kumamoto

Kumamoto, 18 Jun.

Explore these great things to see and do in Kumamoto, from soaking in the hot springs of Kurokawa Onsen to discovering history at Kumamoto Castle.

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Horse Meat Cuisine

Horse Meat Cuisine

Can you eat horse meat raw? That’s just one way to eat this delicacy of Kumamoto.

Kumamoto Ramen Noodles

Kumamoto Ramen Noodles

Kumamoto ramen is what has put Kumamoto on the map as a “ramen destination” because of it’s unique taste and popularity.

Kamitori Shopping Arcade

Kamitori Shopping Arcade

Kamitori is one of Kumamoto City’s most visited shopping arcades offering numerous cafes, shops and restaurants.

Shimotori Arcade

Shimotori Arcade

Right down the street from Kamitori Arcade, Shimotori Arcade is the largest shopping arcade in Kumamoto giving travelers many options for shopping, dining, or amusement.

Tsujunkyo Bridge

Tsujunkyo Bridge

Tsujunkyo Bridge is Japan’s largest stone-arch aqueduct bridge and is used to pump water into the regions rice paddies.

Yamaga Onsen

Yamaga Onsen

Yamaga Onsen is one of the oldest hot springs in Japan with it’s origins said to be over 370 years old.

Hinokuni Festival

Hinokuni Festival

The Hinokuni Festival, a 3-day event taking place throughout Kumamoto City in early August.

Yamaga Tourou (Lantern) Festival

Yamaga Tōrō Lantern Festival

The highlight of the festival is the “1,000 Lantern Dance” with hundreds of women, dressed in traditional yukata and red obi sashes dancing elegantly throughout the night with paper illuminated lanterns on their heads.

Kusasenrigahama

Kusasenrigahama

Kusa-senrigahama is a small square grassland spread below Mt. Nakadake.

Mt. Aso Nakadake Crater

Mt. Aso Nakadake Crater

Mt. Aso Nakadake Crater is the most active volcano in Japan featuring a crater emitting smoke.

Kurokawa Onsen

Kurokawa Onsen

Kurokawa Onsen is an elegant onsen town within Kumamoto filled with many old-fashioned ryokan and bath houses.

Amakusa Dolphin Watching

Amakusa Dolphin Watching

At the Hayasaki Strait and Futae Port, hundreds of dolphins swim and jump in front of boats right as they sail the coastal waters.

Reigan-do_Cave

Reigan-do Cave

At Reigan-do Cave, renowned samurai Miyamoto Musashi’s famous book, The Book of Five Rings, was written. It is also said to be where he is buried, making this a go-to spot for samurai culture buffs.

Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle is known as one of the best castles in Japan. The local feudal lord, Kato Kiyomasa, began the construction of the castle in 1601 and it was completed seven years later

Sakurano Baba - Josaien

Sakurano Baba – Josaien

Sakuranobaba Josaien is an information complex offering travelers the chance to not only learn Kumamoto’s history but also experience it themselves hands on.