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Kumamoto-prefecture travel guide

  • Kumamoto travel guide

Kumamoto-prefecture is in the center of Kyushu, It is bordered by the Ariake inland sea

and the Amakusa archipelago to the west, Fukuoka-prefecture and Oita-prefecture to

the north, Miyazaki-prefecture to the east, and Kagoshima-prefecture to the south.

The catital of Kumamoto-prefecture is Kumamoto-city. Mount Aso, an extensive active

volcano, is in the east of Kumamoto-prefecture. This volcano is located at the center of

the Aso caldera.

 

 

 Location of Kumamoto-prefecture

     

 


 

Where to explore

 

Kumamoto-city

Situated roughly in the center of Kumamoto-prefecture, is the government and economic

center of the prefecture. From the early 17th century to the end of the 19th century,

Kumamoto was prosperous as a castle town. The Shira-kawa River and its branches run

through the downtown area around Kumamoto Castle.


 

Aso

One of the must visit tourist destination in Kyushu. The world’s largest caldera and the active

volcano give a lot of excitements. And numerous unforgettable experiences in the rural area

can be mede including Onsen, variety of sports and local cuisines.


 

Kurokawa Onsen

One of the most popular hot spring resort, located on the northern side of  Mount Aso .

Widely known for its open-air baths, it is one of the best places to enjoy the atmosphere of

old town in Japan, where more than 20 Inns (Ryokan)and gift shops standing in a row

along the Tanoharu River, a headstream of the Chikugo River.


 

Amakusa

Located in a southern part of Kumamoto-city, and consists of Shimo-jima, Kami-jima

and many other islands varied in size, which belong to Unzen-Amakusa Nationattl Park

along with UnzenIt provides ideal spots for viewing the saw-toothed coast line of

Amakusa and the small islands scattered across the sea. And there are UNESCO World

Heritages of Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region


 

Hotoyoshi

Located in the northern part of Kumamoto along Kuma-gawa River. Hitoyoshi is a castle town
once prosperous as a river port, and boasts the ruins of the Hitoyoshi castle and Hitoyoshi
Onsen. The most exiting thing in Hitoyoshi is Kumasawa-kudari that is riding on a boat 
maneuvered by a master polar down the Kuma-gawa River, one of the three fast streams in Japan.
 

 

Minamata

Located in Kumamoto Prefecture, It is on the west coast of Kyushu and faces Amakusa islands.

There are two Onsen resorts ; Yunotsuru Onsen located along the Yuide River in the mountains

and called Mountain Onsen and Yunoko Onsen faces Yatsushiro Sea and called Ocean Onsen.


 

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Aso & Takachiho 2 days tour

  • Aso

The dynamic nature of Aso and Takachiho where is spreading around Mt. Aso. Mt. Aso is the

largest active volcano in Japan, and is among the largest in the world. Mount Aso has a fairly

large caldera which is one of the largest caldera in the world, 25 km north-south and 18 km

east-west with a circumference of around 120 km, although sources vary on the exact distance. 

The present Aso caldera formed as a result of four huge caldera eruptions occurring over a

range of 90,000 to 300,000 years ago.

 

The tour introduces the large scale of the Dynamic Nature which cannot be seen in no other

area in Japan.

 

 

Tour Conditions

The tour is the private tour exclusively for your group.

・Minimum number : 2 person

・Maxum number : 30 person

・Start and end of the tour is Fukuoka–city, please specify the place where you want
・Tour date : please specify the date

・Chartered vehicle is utilized as per number of person.

   (1) less than 8 person

     a chartered taxi is used with English speaking driver

     English speaking driver assist the tour as tour guide and tour attendant

   (2) more than 9 person

  a chartered bus is used with Japanese speaking driver

  English speaking guide who also works as a tour attendant is accompanied

    for assist the tour in the case of using a chartered bus

 


 

Day 1  Aso, stay Kurokawa Onsen or Aso region

 

Itinerary

Depart  Fukuoka-city

Transfer to Aso

Exploring Aso

Tourist Tram / Minami Aso Rail Way  

  Enjoy the magnificent scenery of Aso from the Tourist Tram

Lunch at Takamori  Dengaku-no sato 

  Enjoy Aso beef and local cuisines called dengaku. The restaurant uses the old private house

  with thatch roof built more than 200 years ago

Kusasenri-ga-hama  

  The vast and beautiful prairie in the crater, enjoy the various seasons from its vivid green

  summer to the fantastic silvery winter, as well as riding horses

Daikanbo

  The perfect spot view the five peak of Mount Aso, the must visiting tourist spot in Aso

Stay at Kurokawa Onsen or Aso region

 


 

Options : the following sites can be arranged as an option

Mount Aso  

  The largest active volcano in Japan. Its peak is 1592 m above sea level

  The site can be visited as per the volcano condition

Nabegataki Waterfall

  Nabegataki Waterfall is a hidden tourist spot, It is very unique waterfalls, actually climb

  behind the falls

 


 

Where to explore

 

Tourist Tram   Minami Aso Rail Way

Enjoy the magnificent scenery of Aso. The Minami Aso railway is a private railroad offering a very

scenic ride from Takamori to Nakamatsu in the south east of the caldera. Lovely and magnificent

scenery can be enjoyed.

 


 

Lunch

Enjoy Aso beef and local cuisines. The restaurant uses the old private house with thatched roof

built more than 200 years ago. Bake the meat and local ingredients with charcoal at a Japanese

traditional style fire place.


 

Aso Akaushi beef rice bowl

Aso Akaushi laterally means red beef that is unique in that it has a higher proportion of red meat

with just the right amount of fat, combined with great taste, tenderness and healthiness. Aso Akaushi

beer rice bowl is a local cuisine in Aso consisting of a bowl of rice put in a mildly sweet sauce and

topped with Akaushi beef and egg.


 

Kusasenri-ga-hama

The beautiful prairie of 785,000 square meter in the crater, spreads in northern part of Mt. Eboshi 

that is one of the Aso Five Mountains. A big pond at its center and grazing horses round about make

an idyllic scene.


 

Daikanbo

The perfect spot view the five peak of Mount Aso, Daikanbo literally means a big observatory peak.

The circumference of the Aso caldera is about 130 kilometers. From the observation site, you can

clearly see its conical shape.


 

Kurokawa Onsen

The most popular Onsen resort in Aso region, located on the northern side of Mount Aso.  Widely

known for its open-air baths, it is one of the best places to enjoy the atmosphere of old town in Japan, 

more than 20 Japanese style accommodations and gift shops standing in a row along the river.


 

Options

 

Mount Aso

The largest active volcano in Japan. Its peak is 1592 m above sea level. Its caldera is 25 km across

north to south and 18 km across east to west. The caldera has a circumference of around 120 km, 

although sources vary on the exact distance. The site can be visited as per the volcano condition.


 

Nabegataki Waterfalls

The hidden tourist spot in Kumamoto prefecture, located just outside Oguni town in Aso region.

One of the area’s more well-known waterfalls. Looking like a mini-Niagara. It is very unique

waterfalls, you can actually climb behind the falls to see how the water has carved out the rock

over the year.


 

Day 2  Takachiho

 

Itinerary

Leave  Hotel

Transfer to Takachiho

Takachiho shrine

The shrine has long history, established 1900 years ago, worship the deity of

agriculture, marriage, traffic safety and protection against misfortunes

lunch at Takachiho, Somen nagashi

   Somen nagashi is the way of eating Somen with waterslide traditionally made by bamboo

Takachiho Gorge

  Dynamic and beautiful gorge, a narrow chasm cut through the rock by the Gokase River

Takachiho Gorge boat riding

   The spot to see waterfalls and the columnar shaped valley together is rare in the world

AmanoIwato shrine

  Here is the birth place of Japanese indigenous religion, Shinto

Transfer to Fukuoka-city

Arriva at Fukuoka-city

 


 

Option : the following site can be arranged as an option

Gokase Winery

  You can enjoy sample wines and winery also can be visited

 


 

Where to explore

 

Located just west of the town center, is nestled in a grove of tall cedars. During the day the

shrine’s nondescript, unpainted buildings blend in naturally with the surrounding trees. In the

evening, you can enjoy the Yokagura Dance.


 

Lunch , Somen nagashi

Somen is a kind of noodle which is made by wheat and is usually eaten by dipping style.
Somen nagashi is the way of eating Somen with waterslide traditionally made by bamboo

like as video below. Nagashi means flowing.

 

 

Takachiho Gorge

A narrow chasm cut through the rock by the Gokase River.  The nearly sheer cliffs lining the

gorge are made of slow forming volcanic basalt columns which resemble the scales of a dragon

where the stone twisted and flowed as it formed.


 

Takachiho Gorge boat riding

The most recommended activity at Takachiho Gorge is riding the river that flows down the

base of the gorge on a rental boat.The spot you can see waterfalls and the columnar shaped

valley together is rare in the world. Please enjoy this amazing view from the boat.


 

About ten kilometers outside of central Takachiho the Shrine was built near the cave where

Amaterasu is said to have hid herself away.  The cave cannot be approached, however,

there is an observation deck behind the shrine’s main building.

 


 

Option

Gokase Winery

Gokase Winery is located near Takachiho, in the beautiful plateau at an altitude of 600m.

All the wines are being made from locally grown grapes. There is the tasting corner, you can

enjoy sample wines. Winery also can be visited.

 

 

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

Enquiry Form 

ou can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,
please ring our office a call in English.   +81-93-521-8897

 


 

Tour results

We are offering various types of tours, and the tour results up to now are shown links below.    

Tailor-made tour     Study tour     Golf tour

 


 

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Kurokawa Onsen travel guide

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The most popular hot spring resort in Aso region, located on the northern side of  Mount Aso. 

Widely known for its open-air baths, it is one of the best places to enjoy the atmosphere 

of old town in Japan, where more than 20 Inns (Ryokan)and gift shops standing in a row

along the Tanoharu River, a headstream of the Chikugo River.


 

Onsen Tegata

With an “Onsen Tegata”, a pass made of cedar, travelers can make the rounds of three

different open-air Onsen.


 

 

    Yukata

 

   Bath

 

     Dinner


 

Wander about Onsen town  


 

 Location of Kurokawa Onsen

  

 


 

 General information  

Address Kurokawa, Minami-Oguni-cho, Aso-gun, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

1 hour and 50 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kumamoto Station

1 hour and 20 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto Airport

2 hours by a vehicle from Fukuoka Airport

2 hours by a vehicle from JR Hakata Station


 

Contact us

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

Enquiry Form 

You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

And we would love to chat about your travel plans on the phone as well,

please ring our office a call in English    Tel : +81-93-521-8897

 


 

Tour results

We are offering various types of tours, and the tour results up to now are shown links below.       

Tailor-made tour     Study tour     Golf tour

 


 

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Mount Aso

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The largest active volcano in Japan. Its peak is 1592 m above sea level. Its caldera is 25 km

across north to south and 18 km across east to west. The caldera has a circumference of around

120 km, although sources vary on the exact distance.  The central cone group of Aso consists

of five mountains: Mt.Naka, Mt.Neko, Mt.Taka, Mt. Eboshi, and Mt.Kishima.  Last major eruption

of Mt. Naka was in 1993.


 

Exploring Munt Aso

        To the Ropeway station

              Ropeway station

     To the Crater of Naka-dake


 

                  Around Crater 

                  Around Crater 

                  Shrine on top


 

         Look down the Crater

                      Crater

                      Crater


 

            West side of Crater

          Central area of Crater

             East side of Crater


 

 Location of Aso 

   

 


 

General information  

Address Aso-city, Aso-gun Takamoricho and Minami-Aso Village
Access

30 minutes by a vehicle from JR Miyaji Station

80 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

2 hours and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

2 hours and 50 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city


 

Contact us  

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Aso Tourist Tram

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Enjoy the magnificent scenery of Aso. The Minami Aso railway is a private railroad offering

a very scenic ride from Takamori to Nakamatsu in the south east of the caldera.


 
Lovely and magnificent scenery can be enjoyed on a pleasant 30 minute train ride.


 


 


 


 


 

 Location of Aso 

   

 


 

General information  

Address 1537-2 Oaza-Takamori,  Takamori-machi, Aso-gun, Kumamoto-city

Access to

Takamori station

35 minutes by a vehicle from Aso-city

70 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

40 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

2 hours and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

Operate day 

Saturday, Sunday, and National holidays

March 17 to April 8 
April 28 to May 6
July 21 to August 31 
Fare

One way JPY 790 ( between Takamori and Nakamatsu)

Round trip JPY 1,380


 

Contact us   

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Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

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You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897, Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

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Kusasenri-ga-hama

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The beautiful prairie of 785,000 square meter in the crater. Spreads in northern part of

Mt. Eboshi that is one of the Aso Five Mountains.


 

A big pond at its center and grazing horses round about make an idyllic scene.


 

Visitors can enjoy the various seasons from its vivid green summer to the fantastic silvery

winter, as well as riding horses and strolling around throughout the year.


 

 Location of Aso 

   

 


 

 General information  

Address Nagakusa, Aso-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

20 minutes by a vehicle from JR Miyaji Station

70 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

2 hours and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

2 hours and 50 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city


 

Contact us  

Should you need further information please feel free to contact us.

Your equiry can be sent by selecting the Enquiry Form link below.

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You can also contact us by e-mail at info@japan-kyushu-tourist.com

Tel :  +81-93-521-8897 , Fax :  +81-93-521-8898

Address :  AIM buiding 6th floor, 3-8-1 Asano, Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture 

 


 

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Daikanbo

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The perfect spot view the five peak of Mount Aso. The must visiting tourist spot in Aso, Daikanbo

literally means a big observatory peak. The circumference of the Aso caldera is about 130

kilometers. From the observation site, you can clearly see its conical shape. Early in the morning,

the clouds had spread out below us, and hung over the caldera as if they were a large sea.

 

  Over view from Daikanbo

 
   At the top
 
   Observatory place 

 

View from the top


 


 

Burning of the grassland


 

 Location of Aso 

   

 


 

General information  

Address Yamada, Aso-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

25 minutes by a vehicle from JR Miyaji Station

80 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

90 minutes by a vehicle from Takachiho

130 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city


 

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Aso Shrine

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Aso Shrine is popular as a god protecting worshipers from traffic accidents, and exorcism,

marriae, and learning. Aso shrine one of the oldest and most prominent shrines in Japan, 

and was built in 281 before accession of the 1st Emperor Jinmu.


 
The shrine is located in the center of the caldera of Mt. Aso and the caldera is known as
the largest in the world in which people are actually living.


 

Aso Shrine after the Earthquake


 

Hiburi-shinji Festival


 

 Location of Aso 

   

 


 

General information  

Address 3083-1 Miyaji, Ichinomiya-cho Aso-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

5 minutes by a vehicle from JR Miyaji Station

1 hour by a vehicle from JR Kumamoto Station


 

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Shimo-tori Shopping Street

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The largest shopping arcade in Kumamoto prefecture. The center of fashion and amusement

where department stores and boutiques line up and also there are gourmet area where cafes

and restaurants including local cousin restaurants opened daytime and nighttime.


 

The 511 metre Shopping arcade with 15mtre width; the street is also used as a place for

performances by street musicians and exhibitions of various organizations.


 

 Location of Kumamoto

     

 


 

General information  

Address 2 Shimotori to Tetorihonmachi, Kumamoto-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Access

A short walk to the street entrance from Toricho-suji Tram station 

10 minutes by a vehicle from JR Kumamoto station


 

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Suizenji-koen Park

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Imitated the beautiful scenery of Japan. It is a refined circular garden of Momoyama period style

and represents the 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road including Mt. Fuji. The fresh springs in the

garden release clean, cold water, which flows there from Mt. Aso via underground currents.


 

In 1636, Tadatoshi, the third Lord of Hosokawa, began its construction as a tea retreat, and

he also built the temple here for Priest Gentaku called Suizenji.


 

This beautiful Momoyama style garden evolve during the reigns of the fourth and fifth Lords.

In all it took about 80 years to complete.


 

 Location of Kumamoto

     

 


 

General information  

Address 8-1 Suizenji-koen, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto-city
Access

15 minutes by tram from Kumamoto-ekimae to Suizenji-koen-shita

then 4 minutes walk from Suizenji-koen-shita station

10 minutes walk from JR Shin-Suizenji-koen-shita

Open hours

7:00 to 18:00 March to October

8:30 to 17:00 November to February

Admission fee JPY 400
Days closed No closing days

 

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