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Kumamoto

Kumamoto is home to Japan’s best castle. The area has historical significance as the top castle of Japan, Kumamoto Castle, is located here. With hot springs 700meters above sea level to the World’s biggest caldera, Aso Mountain’s hot spring can be enjoyed here. With tasty local foods and shopping fun, Kumamoto can be enjoyed by everyone.

Location
The biggest city of Kumamoto Prefecture. It is located on the mid-west Kyushu.
Area
389.53㎢
Population
740,168(2015)
Currency
Yen/JPY
Language
Japanese
Climate
Mild and rainy, with complex combination of geography and ocean currents. The year average temperature is around 17°C and the rainfall is about 1,500~2,000mm per year.
Kumamoto JAPAN
Kumamoto Castle
Part of the top 3 castles of Japan, along with Osaka Castle and Nagoya Castle. There are a few hundred year old ginkgo trees here, and with so many ginkgo trees surrounding the castle, it was nicknamed the ‘Ginkgo Castle’. Every spring, over 800 blooming cherry blossom trees invite many visitors.

AddressKumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto, Chuo Ward, Honmaru, 1-1 Tel81-96-352-5900

Contemporary Art Museum
An art museum inside the multi-complex building in downtown Kumamoto. It is known as the premier ‘Modern Arts’ art museum of Kyushu. The special exhibitions in the main gallery, permanent exhibitions, home gallery, media gallery, and kids factory are the main attractions. It is closed every Tuesday, so be aware.

Address2-3 Kamitori-cho, Chuou-ku, Kumamoto Tel81-96-278-7500

Kumamoto Museum
Established in 1952, it is a museum about nature and humanism. The main purpose is to expand and grow the dreams of the youth, and the museum possesses much information about geology, science and engineering, archeology, and history. It aims to become a civilian participation museum for the public. Many educational programs, such as zoology lectures and archeology courses are provided in the museum.

Address3-2 Furukyomachi, Kumamoto Tel81-96-324-3500

Torichosuji
The biggest street in Kumamoto, it has various shopping streets. From various clothing stores, to large department stores, cafes, and restaurants. If you are looking for a place to shop for ages, this is the place to visit. Many interesting sites and street performances turn even a simple walk into a memorable experience.

AddressTori-Cho Suji Area, Kumamoto

Shimotori
The most bustling area in Kumamoto with large department stores and shopping malls. Various department stores and clothing stores draws one’s attention, but there are also many unique shops to explore. The 100 Yen store, which sells general goods, cosmetics, and necessity items for only 100 yen, is particularly popular. It is close to Torichosuji, so visiting it as well is recommended.

AddressShimotori, Chuo Ward, Kumamoto

Tsuruya Department Store
A large department store in downtown Kumamoto. It is located between Torichosuji and Suidocho Stations. Due to its massive size, the red sign on the rooftop is noticeable from anywhere in the area. Fitting to its massive size, it has everything one can think of. If you are looking to do your shopping at one place only, this is the place to go.

Address6-1 Tetorihonmachi, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto

Tasting Horse Meat at Torichosuji
At Torichosuji, the hottest spot of Kumamoto, there are famous eateries and restaurants everywhere. One of the most interesting menus is horse meat. Produced in Kumamoto Prefecture, its production size is #1 in Japan. You can enjoy it grilled or as raw. Eating it along with a glass of beer, the taste is unforgettable.

Befriending Kumamon
The mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture is a lovely black bear, Kumamon. Last year, this bear alone produced a sale of 2,930 million Yen, is known well by the Japanese Monarchy, and even lectured about at Harvard University. For visitors of Kumamoto, you can find the face of Kumamon all over the city, but if you want to touch it in real person, head towards Kumamon Square.

Exploring Aso Mountain
Located in middle of Kyushu, Aso Mountain is the symbol of Kumamoto and is an active volcano. The diameter of its crater is 4km, its height is 1,323m, making it the biggest caldera in the world. Weather permitting, you can see the emerald colored pond inside the crater. The unique experiences include the smell of sulfur as you get close to the crater. As it is in a hilly section, the year-long average temperature is quite chilly, around 10°C.

AddressLocated in middle of Kyushu, Aso Mountain is the symbol of Kumamoto and is an active volcano. The diameter of its crater is 4km, its height is 1,323m, making it the biggest caldera in the world. Weather permitting, you can see the emerald colored pond ins