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Kumamoto

Natural discoveries with Mount Aso and coastal Amakusa

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Tamana Iris Festival

Tamana Iris Festival

Late May - Early Jun

Over 66,000 purple irises in several varieties bloom in the Takaseura River in late May to early June during the Tamana Iris F..

Takaseura river 2 Free
Arao Rice Planting Festival

Arao Rice Planting Festival

Late Jun

The town of Arao holds a rice planting festival to kick off the start of the annual growing season.

Hachimandai Free

Where to eat in Kumamoto

Kokutei Ramen

Kokutei Ramen

Tom Roseveare

Operating since 1957, Kokutei (黒亭) is one of the most famous and popular ramen shops in Kumamoto, proudly serving the local ..

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Tengaiten

Tengaiten

Tom Roseveare

Tengaiten (天外天) serves up Kumamoto ramen in the city centre – tonkotsu ramen with garlic.

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Places to stay in Kumamoto

Ryokan Yamanoyu

Ryokan Yamanoyu

Mandy Bartok

Bathe on rooftops and indulge in delicious food at Ryokan Yamanoyu, a traditional lodging on the main street of Kurokawa Onsen

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Izakaya Hama Chan

Izakaya Hama Chan

Yui Yamaguchi

Evoking Kumamoto Castle with its black walls and wood framed windows is your first impression of Izakaya Hamachan. The sign ou..

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About Kumamoto

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Kyushu
Island Kyushu
Capital Kumamoto
Population 1,817,426
Area 7,409.32 sq. km

Kumamoto Prefecture (熊本県, Kumamoto-ken) is a great place to go to if you’re looking for hot springs; they’re everywhere, including the popular Kurokawa Onsen. Be sure to visit Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan’s top castles, while you’re there as well.

If you like nature, Kumamoto is also a nice destination; Suizenji Park is perfect for photographs, while Mount Aso is one of the world's largest active volcanoes. Take a look at the unique Tsujun Bridge for some architectural magnificence.

One popular activity in Kumamoto is riding the scenic Steam Locomotive Hitoyoshi; make sure you get reserve seats well in advance, as tickets sell out surprisingly quickly. Kumamoto is also famous for its raw horse sashimi; if you can't muster up the courage to try that, have some tonkotsu (pork-bone broth) noodles instead.

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