10 Interesting Things to Do in Hitoyoshi City, Kyushu’s “Little Kyoto”

“Castle town,” “onsen town,” and sometimes a “town of fog” – Hitoyoshi is known by many names, among which is “Little Kyoto.” Discover the charms of this hidden village in Kumamoto. Hitoyoshi is a city located in the southern part of Kumamoto Prefecture. As a tourist destination, it is popular for river rafting and its…

Experience the Unique and Traditional Okunchi Festival in Kumamoto this October!

Japan is famous for its many traditional and inspiring festivals which take place all over the country throughout the year. One festival in particular, the Okunchi Festival, is held every October at the Aoi Aso Shrine (青井阿蘇神社) in Kumamoto. Come and visit this amazing national treasure and Kyushu tradition this Autumn from 3 to 11…

Light Up Your Summer Nights at This Lantern Festival in Kumamoto, Japan!

In Kumamoto, there are three great fire festivals celebrated in the month of August. One of which is the festival that brings light to a dark night called the Yamaga Lantern Festival. Let’s find out more about it! Yamaga Lantern Festival The Yamaga Lantern Festival, also known as the Yamaga Toro Festival (山鹿灯篭まつり), is held…

3 Gourmet Dishes From Kumamoto, Japan Perfect to Eat Throughout the Year

Kumamoto (熊本) is a city on the Japanese island of Kyushu (九州), popular for its mountains, hot springs, and gardens. It is the capital city of Kumamoto Prefecture (熊本県) which is also known for its castle. The city feels like a large neighborhood where people can stroll around and visit historic and scenic sites. Besides…

2 Things to Do at This Stunning Grassland in Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture

Nothing beats nature’s pristine beauty when it comes to providing a relaxing ambiance. You may enjoy the comforts of the city life and savor the convenience of innovation, but there are times when what we need is the absence of all things modern and a side trip to some place natural. Kusasenrigahama (草千里ヶ浜) in Aso…

Check Out JR Kyushu’s Newest Sightseeing Train in Kumamoto, Japan!

JR Kyushu’s (九州) newest train makes its first trip this March and with it are tales of hope. Named after kingfishers local to the Kuma (球磨) region, the KAWASEMI YAMASEMI (かわせみ やませみ) is the first sightseeing train launched by JR Kyushu after the Kumamoto (熊本) earthquake in 2016 and is hoped to be a symbol…

Discover 9 Places From Natsume Yuujinchou on a Japanese Anime Pilgrimage

For those who want to go on an anime pilgrimage, the biggest question is “Where do I begin?” Natsume Yuujinchou (夏目友人帳) fans, look no further! Let us follow Nyanko-sensei to Hitoyoshi (人吉) in Kumamoto (熊本), Japan. Nyanko sensei, buta neko, Ponta, Madara. He may come with many names but our favorite cat is a popular…

10 Things to Do on the SL Hitoyoshi, the Sightseeing Train Along Kumamoto

Japan is known for its extensive train network that runs throughout the country. From local trains to the fastest bullet train, each will surely bring you to your destination on time. How about hopping on a sightseeing train down south? Let us take a ride on the SL Hitoyoshi (人吉)! It was as if time…

Kangaroo and Crocodile Delicacies? Try Them at This Cafe in Kumamoto

Do you feel like you’re eating the same old thing every day? Want to shake it up with something a bit unusual? With a branch in Fukuoka (福岡), you can now also head on down to Kumamoto’s (熊本) new restaurant, Manly Australian Cafe&Bar, to try some unusual items on their Australian-style menu. A popular choice…

Visiting Kumamoto? Stay at This Lovely Japanese Hot Spring Hotel!

Ever feel like you want to stay somewhere with the luxury of a big, fancy hotel but with the quiet, understated charm of a ryokan? There are countless onsen hotels in Amakusa, with Shimoda boasting dozens to choose from. We stayed at the Amakusa Shimoda Onsen Garasha – a small Japanese style hotel with Western-influenced…
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