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Kumamoto travel guide



Kumamoto is the third largest city in Kyushu with a population of 740,000.

Must visit place is Kumamoto Castle listed on the three great castle in Japan


The city is 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.

Therefore, the city is called “City of Forest and Fresh Water.”



Exploring Kumamoto  


Kumamoto Castle

The Castle is one of the three great castles and one of the 100 best places in Japan to

view cherry blossoms. Due to the Earthquakes in 2016, several of the castle’s shacihoko 

ornaments were destroyed, and a large number of kawara tiles also fell from the roof.

Now the restoration activities are being performed as fast as possible. Now, the Kumamoto

Castle can be seen from the outside of the moats surrounding the castle.


Entrance gate   Castle tower Kato Shrine 

After the Earthquake


Ninomaru-hiroba Castle tower Turret


Sakurano-baba Josaien         

Josaien is located in Sakurano-baba, at the foot of Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan’s three major castles.

It is a popular tourist attraction designed to enhance the appeal of the old castle town and convey to

visitors the food, history and cultural traditions of the region from Kumamoto Castle, a symbol of the




Suizenji-koen Park

Imitated the beautiful scenery of Japan, 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

Mount Aso via underground currents.



Shimo-tori Shopping Street       

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.



Kumamoto City Tram         

The convenient public transportation to travel in the Kumamoto-city

There are two lines ;  A line and B line.

Most of the stops on the A line and B line are the same.

Popular stops that both lines go to include Suizenji-koen Park, Kumamoto Castle,

Shimo-tori Shopping Street and the Kumamoto Kotsu Centre Bus Station.



 Location of Kumamoto-city






General information  


1-1 Tetorihoncho, Cyuo-ku, Kumamoto-city, Kumamoto-prefecture

Cabinet designate city


1 hour and 40 minutes from Fukuoka-city by a vehicle 

2 hours and 40 minutes from Kitakyushu-city by a vehicle 



  Kumamoto Airport

JR main station : Kumamoto Station

City transportation

Population 738,000      population density : 1,890 / km2


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