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KUMAMOTO ITINERARY

3 Days in KUMAMOTO Itinerary.

This is a sample itinerary for 2-3 nights staying at the closest accommodation to the stadium. Why not go sightseeing around the neighboring area while staying a while before and after the match?

Renting a car is recommended for this itinerary.

  • Day 1

    Hotel in Kumamoto
    Walking
    Kumamoto Station
    Tram
    Kumamoto Castle/City Hall Station

    Kumamoto Castle

    Kumamoto Castle, the premier castle representative of Kumamoto, is famous as an impregnable fortress and is also counted as one of the three premier castles in Japan. However, due to the Kumamoto earthquake in 2016, it suffered great damage. Now, unfortunately you cannot enter the castle, only tours from the outside are possible. Please get off at Kumamotojo-mae tram stop. From the observatory on the 14th floor of the adjacent Kumamoto City Hall, you can see the Kumamoto's view with the castle tower. In addition, you can explore the Nagabei-dori walkway, which surrounds the castle and is about 242 metres in length, learn about the history and culture of Kumamoto at the historic cultural experience facility "Wakuwakuza." There are many facilities nearby that give guests an interesting perspective of the castle, such as the castle tower at Ninomaru plaza. While visiting, do not forget to visit Kato Shrine, where the daimyo (powerful territorial lord) Kato Kiyomasa, the man who built this castle, is enshrined!
    Walking

    Kumamoto Prefectural Traditional Crafts Centre

    In Kumamoto there are various traditional craft items such as Higo damascening, Amakusa pottery, ceramics such as Kodaiyaki, cutlery, bamboo products, dyeing fabrics, and more! These are gathered together in the Kumamoto Prefectural Traditional Crafts Centre. In this cultural facility, you can not only browse the various Kumamoto unique crafts in the exhibits, but feel free to purchase them as well. If the craftsmanship of the area intrigues you, and you want to help maintain the tradition of Kumamoto by taking home wonderful tableware or fabric as a souvenir, we encourage you to drop by!
    Walking
    Shiyakushomae Bus Stop
    Bus
    Yamaga Bus Center
    Walking

    Yamaga Onsen (Staying at a ryokan)

    Located on the Kumamoto and Fukuoka prefectural border, the traditional onsen town along Buzen Kaido has about 20 hotels and inns, and is known as one of Kumamoto prefecture's premier onsen towns. In this onsen town there are many stop-by onsen, such as ryokans and public onsens that you can enjoy. In particular the "Sakurayu," a municipal onsen, revived their buildings around 370 years ago by using Japanese traditional construction methods. At the time it was the largest wooden onsen in Kyushu. Contemporary architecture technology that made it possible to reproduce the traditional feel is wonderful and welcoming, offering a bathing experience that cannot be obtained elsewhere. There are various onsen besides Sakurayu, so please spend a quiet evening at your favorite inn.
  • Day 2

    Yamaga Onsen
    Walking

    Yamaga

    The Buzen Kaido, which prospered as a way of Sankin Kotai (a daimyo's alternate-year residence in Edo), has several sightseeing spots with historical value. Among them is Yachiyoza Theatre, where a classical theater style is used but full-fledged facilities such as a round stage using German rails are in place. Yachiyoza Theatre now showcases the bustle of the people in the Meiji Period. During the Showa Period, the focus of entertainment changed from traditional entertainment to TV and movies. During this time Yachiyoza Theatre was shut down temporarily, but after the historical repairing of Heisei Period, it is now open in public and various events are held. In addition, we recommend Yamaga Lanterns Folk Craft Museum, where you can enjoy the elaborate beauty of Yamaga lanterns, which is representative craftwork of the area. The Yamaga lantern is made only of Japanese paper and a small amount of glue, and is worth seeing! This style of lantern uses Washi (Japanese paper.) The retro Western-style building, which was a bank in the Taisho Period, has become a highlight of the city as well. Please enjoy a step back in time by exploring the Buzen Kaido where historical buildings and temples remain!
    Walking
    Yamaga Bus Center
    Bus
    Kumamoto Station
    Tram
    Suizenji Park Station
    Walking

    Suizen-ji Joju-en Garden

    Suizen-ji Joju-en Garden is said to have begun as "Suizenji Ochaya" and was built by Mr. Hosokawa, the ruler of the region that time, around 1636. Kumamoto is known as "a City of Water," and the garden seems to be a garden designed in the Momoyama style, which is centered on a large pond. This style is meant to be an imitation of the Tokai-do Highway, and is very beautiful, there is a pond that imitates the ocean Tsukiyama (an artificial hill) that stands in the back of the garden like a majestic Mount Fuji. There are some buildings in the garden, but particularly famous is "The Kokin-Denju-no-Ma Teahouse" a 400-year-old building, which was relocated from the Kyoto Imperial Palace. The garden has a wonderful reputation throughout Japan. Please take a moment at the historic to enjoy a relaxing moment while having tea and sweets.
    Walking
    Suizenji Park Station
    Tram
    Kumamoto Station
    Walking
    Hotel in Kumamoto
  • Day 3

    Hotel in Kumamoto
    Walking
    Kumamoto Station
    Bus
    Aso Station
    Taxi

    Mount Aso

    The majestic area around Mount Aso, is one of the top sightseeing spots in Kumamoto. Enjoy an Aka-gyu wagyu beef lunch, which is the local delicacy around Aso Station. There is a lot of lean meat so the fat content is quite moderate, so anyone can enjoy this delicious beef with its unique taste. After filling your stomach, please enjoy the views of nature at the Kusasenri Observatory. And, You cannot miss a visit to Aso Shrine, which has a history of 2300 years. Unfortunately the shrine was damaged by the earthquake and is currently being rebuilt, but some of the precincts can still be visited. However, even if you cannot see the magnificent Romon (tower gate) and Haiden (worshiping hall), there is a drinking place called water base (Mizuki) in the approach to the shrine that you can visit. It is said that those who wash in the water will enjoy the benefits of longevity. Enjoy visiting the water base and enjoy a stroll through the shrine grounds.
    Taxi
    Aso Station
    Bus
    Kumamoto Station

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