Getting to Kumamoto city, situated a central part on Kyushu island, involves taking either a flight, or the bullet train from either Tokyo or Osaka. Many flights operate between the cities, taking only 1 hour 40 minutes from Tokyo, and just 1 hour 10 minutes from Osaka. By Shinkansen, the journey takes about 3 hours from Osaka.
1 Hour 40 Minutes From Tokyo, Haneda Airport – Kumamoto Airport
1 Hour 50 Minutes from Tokyo, Narita Airport – Kumamoto Airport
There are about 3 flights per day from Narita to Kumamoto, operated by LCC: Jetstar Japan.
1 Hour 10 Minutes from Osaka International Airport（Itami）– Oita Airport
There are about 10 flights from Haneda-Kumamoto in total per day operated by Japan’s national airlines such as JAL and ANA.
Buses are available from Kumamoto Airport to Kumamoto Kotsu Centre from the airport, taking about 50 minutes and costing ¥730, or to Kumamoto station for about 1 hour and costing ¥800.
３ Hours from Shin-Osaka Station to Kumamoto Station
Take the JR Sanyo / Kyushu Shinkansen directly to Kumamoto station for about 3 hours, covered by Japan Rail Pass.
Note that Japan Rail Pass cannot be used for travel on Nozomi and Mizuho trains. However, Sakura trains are valid under this pass. If you choose Sakura, this will take about 3 hours 20 minutes.
・From Sapporo City (New Chitose Airport)：About 2 hours 20 minutes by plane via Fukuoka Airport
・From Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi City(Hanamaki Airport)：About 2 hours 5 minutes by plane via Fukuoka Airport
・From Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City：About 1 hour 55 minutes by plane via Tokyo Haneda Airport or about 6 hours 50 minutes by train
・From Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City：About 1 hour 55 minutes by plane via Tokyo Haneda Airport or about 5 hours 25 minutes by train
・From Shizuoka Prefecture (Shizuoka Airport)：About 5 hours 30 minutes by train or about 1 hour 30 minutes by plane via Nagoya station
・From Aichi Prefecture, Toyota City (Chubu Centrair International Airport)：About 1 hour 30 minutes by plane or about 4 hours 14 minutes by train
・From Kobe City：About 2 hours 50 minutes by train
・From Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City ：About 40 minutes by train
・ From Oita Prefecture：About 2 hours 20 minutes by train