Kumamoto (熊本) is a city on the Japanese island of Kyushu. The name Kumamoto means bear origin in the Japanese script.
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Kumamoto Castle Earthquake Damages
As you can see in the photo above, there are some recent damages to the castle wall. But the interior rooms were damaged as well, which prompted the castle closure to tourists.
Kumamoto Tourist Attractions
The main Kumamoto Tourist Attraction is of course the Kumamoto Castle. Since this is now closed to the public, one must explore different venues. Which, thankfully, they exist in this beautiful city.
Suizenji Jojuen Garden
Apart from Kumamoto Castle, the Suizenji Jojuen Garden is the other top attraction in the city. These beautiful Japanese gardens date to the Edo period, as early as 1632.
The Suizenji Jojuen Garden is open daily such as:
March ~ October / 7:30 ~ 18:00 November ~ February / 8:30 ~ 17:00
The entrance fee is 400 Yen for adults. During the special February 2021 festivities, people that wear Kimono can enter free. On February 27, 2021 a Koi Akari & Light Up light show event will take place.
Kumamoto Tourist Online Guides
- Kumamoto.guide have detailed info on all the major tourist attractions.
Kumamoto Onsen Hot Springs
As with many other places in Kyushu, the local onsen are some of the most popular attractions. Onsen are Japanese hot springs where tourists, and locals alike, take a hot bath and relax. There are other activities connected to the onsen.
Top Kumamoto Onsen
- Kurokawa Onsen - A quiet hot spring along the Tanohara River on the way from Minamioguni to the foot of [Mt. Kuju] and the Senomoto Plateau. Sulfur spring hot water has a special effect on cuts. There is a communal bath, Yakushiyu, in the center of the hot spring town, and there are many elegant inns surrounding it.
Hirayama Onsen - A quiet spa located in the mountains 9km away from Yamaga city. The origin is said to be the Enryaku year and boasts an old history. This hot spring village is the place where you can spend a relaxing time. It is known as one of the best hot springs in Japan.
Yamaga Onsen - A hot spring town is developing near the confluence of the Kikuchi and Iwano rivers. The discovery of hot springs is old, and the name can be seen in Wamyo Ruijusho edited during the Heian period. The amount of hot water is abundant, and it has been customary to wash the clothes in the surplus hot spring water for a long time.
Apart from domestic flights, there are some international flights from Kumamoto to Hong Kong and a few other destinations in China. More details on the Kumamoto Airport official website. According to their motto, “The Airport will lead to the Future!” and the Kumamoto officials are looking to the year 2023.
Kumamoto Airport Massage
As an interesting fact there is a massage center inside the Kumamoto Airport terminal. The Kumamoto Airport massage prices start at 2100 Yen for 15 minutes to 6200 Yen for 1 hour.
For those interested in massage at home, please read the article that explains how to do face (kao) massage article and even shows the video instructions.