KumamotoKumamoto 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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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 promote local tourism in the prefecture. Here, visitors can meet Kumamon up close and personal, as
This castle, also known as Ginnan Castle (Ginkgo Castle), was built at the end of the 15th century by the Kato and Hosokawa family.
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 closes at 17:30 from December to February.
A large active volcano with one of the world's largest calderas, this mountain is popular with hikers and outdoors enthusiasts. Mount Aso last erupted in 2015 and reaches 1,592 meters high.
Laputa's Road, or Laputa-no-Michi, offers a beautiful view of Mount Aso and its surroundings. The road is named after the Ghibli movie "Castle in the Sky".
Suizen-ji Joju-en Park
Suizen-ji Joju-en Park is a traditional Japanese garden and tea house set around a natural spring pond.
Smile Hotel Kumamoto Suizenji
Smile Hotel Kumamoto Suizenji offers accommodations with free wired internet access and guests can enjoy watching video-demand movies on the flat-screen TV. JR Suizenji Train Station is a 5-minute walk away.
GR Hotel Ginzadori
A 5-minute walk from Suidocho Station, GR Hotel Ginzadori offers colourful rooms and free Wi-Fi. It features a launderette and serves buffet breakfast. A 24-hour convenience shop is a 1-minute walk.
Suizenji Comfort Hotel
Featuring a massage service and Japanese restaurant, Suizenji Comfort Hotel is just a 3-minute walk from Kumamoto’s Suizenji-Koen Tram Station. The air-conditioned rooms include a private bathroom and free internet.
Kumamoto Hotel Castle
Kumamoto Hotel Castle is a 7-minute walk from the famous Kumamoto Castle. It features 4 restaurants and modern guest rooms with free WiFi. The hotel is situated a 10-minute drive from JR Kumamoto Station.
Super Hotel Minamata
Super Hotel Minamata offers accommodation in Minamata. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and private parking is available on site. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV.
Business Hotel Central
Situated in Hitoyoshi, 49 km from Kirishima, Business Hotel Central features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. The rooms have a flat-screen TV. Certain units have a seating area where you can relax. You will find a
Hotel Route-Inn Yatsushiro
Guests at Hotel Route-Inn Yatsushiro can enjoy bathing in a hot public bath, or unwind in a massage chair. Free wired internet is available in all rooms and guests can enjoy a free breakfast buffet.