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Kumamoto travel guide

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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, the Castle have heavy damages and many of Castle

buildings were destroyed. After that the restoration activities are being performed as fast as possible

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

 


 

After the Earthquake


 

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

Kumamoto-city.

 


 

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 night time.

 


 

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.

 


 

General information  

Address

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

Cabinet designate city

Access

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

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

Transportation

Airport

  Kumamoto Airport

JR main station : Kumamoto Station

City transportation

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

 

 


 

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