KumamotoKumamoto is in the center of Kyushu Island, and Mount Aso is the beloved heart of this beautiful prefecture. Aso-Kuju, Unzen-Amakusa National Parks, Mount Yabahita-hiko, and the Kyushu Central Mountains cover about 20% of the prefecture, perfect for hikers and outdoor adventures. Mount Aso is an active volcano with many hot springs and one of the world's largest calderas. For history buffs, Kumamoto City is an impressive prefectural capital proud of its historical sites, its famous castle, and the lovely Suizenji-joju-en Garden.
Home to Kumamoto's rosy-cheeked black bear mascot, this activity center doubles as a souvenir shop. The mascot Kumamon was created by the Kumamoto government to promote local tourism in the prefecture. Here, visitors can meet Kumamon up close and personal, as
This castle, also known as Ginnan Castle (Ginkgo Castle), was built at the end of the 15th century by the Kato and Hosokawa family.
Sakuranobaba Josaien, located at the foot of Kumamoto Castle, is a tourist facility dedicated to the history, culture and food culture of Kumamoto. The facility closes at 17:30 from December to February.
A large active volcano with one of the world's largest calderas, this mountain is popular with hikers and outdoors enthusiasts. Mount Aso last erupted in 2015 and reaches 1,592 meters high.
Laputa's Road, or Laputa-no-Michi, offers a beautiful view of Mount Aso and its surroundings. The road is named after the Ghibli movie "Castle in the Sky".
Suizen-ji Joju-en Park
Suizen-ji Joju-en Park is a traditional Japanese garden and tea house set around a natural spring pond.
Hitoyoshi Station is the starting station of the SL Hitoyoshi line, a luxurious steam locomotive.
Located right in front of Shimabara Bay, Hotel Kawacho offers simple rooms. Guests can request massages for an extra cost or relax in the public salt bath. Hondo Bus Stop is a 10-minute drive away.
Toyoko Inn Shin-Yatsushiro Ekimae
Just a minute’s walk from the Shin-Yatsushiro Train Station, Toyoko Shin-Yatsushiro offers modern air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. Guests have free use of Wi-Fi, a computer and colour printer at the lobby as well.
Hotel Alegria Gardens Amakusa
Located in Goryō in the Kumamoto Region, 47 km from Nagasaki, Hotel Alegria Gardens Amakusa features a terrace and hot spring bath. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site.
Ark Hotel Kumamotojo Mae
Offering spacious rooms with free wired internet and an attached bathroom is Ark Hotel Kumamotojo Mae, 500 metres from Kumamoto Castle. It has 2 restaurants, a breakfast buffet and a massage service.
Guest House Makotoge
Guest House Makotoge offers accommodation in Aso. Free WiFi is featured and free private parking is available on site. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels is provided. There is a shared kitchen at the property.
Featuring free WiFi, Minshuku Asogen offers accommodation in Aso, 7 km from Mount Aso. Free private parking is available on site. Each room at this ryokan is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle
Pension Bell Bird
A 10-minute drive from Uchinomaki Station with its free shuttle, lies Pension Bell Bird, a cosy hotel featuring outdoor baths, a tennis court and healing massage treatments. It offers air-conditioned rooms with a PC and free Wi-Fi