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.

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Kumamoto Food Guide

Kumamoto has lots of traditional treats, from sweet to savory and spicy. Local DishesBasashi, or horse meat sashimi, is a famous local dish that is hard to find in most other prefectures. Like other meats, there are various cuts, from the lean to medium and fa

Kumamoto 3-day-tour Itinerary

Day 1In Kumamoto City, take the Castle Loop Bus and drop by Kumamoto Castle to take a look at how the castle managed to hold up against the major earthquake in April 2016. Buy some souvenirs and sample some local delights at Johsaien, a castle town complex loc

The Best Time To Visit Kumamoto

SPRINGThe Kumamoto Castle is known to be one of the most scenic sights to see sakura bloom. The delicate pink flowers against the backdrop of the black castle walls makes for a spectacular contrast. When entry into the castle was allowed, the locals would sit