Explore Kumamoto: Visit the Country Park for a Breath of Fresh Air

Living in a small city, it can be easy for residents to run out of fun things to do on the weekend. Once you reach the stage of life in Japan where you feel like you’ve done everything, that’s when you start considering visits to places of little interest that you probably wouldn’t go to…

Tomioka Castle: A Spot of History for Your Seaside Visit

Like most of Amakusa, Tomioka (an island peninsula jutting out from the North-West tip of the Amakusa District) is well known for its beaches and during the summer, it attracts many beach-goers hoping to soak up the sun. If the idea of a week spent lying on a beach isn’t entertainment enough for you, fear…

Explore Kumamoto: the Historic Beauty of Tatsuda Nature Park

Kumamoto is only a small city, yet is has a wealth of interesting places for tourists and residents to visit. One such place is the Tatsuda Nature Park. Just a short distance from the centre of Kumamoto you can find a slice of paradise in this quiet, relaxing park and see some historical sights while…

Visit Yachiyoza Theatre in Kumamoto for a Traditional Japanese Theatre Experience

Are you a theatre enthusiast who loves to see plays and performances of all sorts? If so, consider paying a visit to Yachiyoza in Yamaga (Kumamoto Prefecture). This theatre has a long history and will enable you to glimpse into the past as well as catch some up-to-date performances by top modern artists. History Author’s…

Discover Kumamoto Castle – Designed Specifically to Deter Ninjas!

No trip to Kumamoto is complete without a visit to Kumamoto Castle – on TripAdvisor it is ranked as the number one thing to do in Kumamoto, and has earned the Certificate of Excellence. It was featured on the 2006 compilation of ‘100 Fine Castles of Japan’ and is a well-known landmark around Kyushu. Not…

Akase: A Happy Escape to the Middle of Nowhere

If you like getting away from it all and visiting somewhere completely deserted, Kumamoto is a great place for you to live in Japan. From this small city, you are just a short train journey away from dozens of forgotten locations where you can disappear for the day and relax. While popular beaches are crammed…

The first IKEA Touchpoint Store Opens in Kumamoto!

The Japanese love global phenomena just as much as any other nation. Over the past few years, IKEA has increased in popularity across the archipelago. Starting in Tokyo in 2007, and opening more mega stores in Kobe, Osaka, Miyagi, Fukuoka, etc. Finally, the Swedish giant has decided to Bless Kumamoto with their presence! They opened…

3 Gift Ideas from Kumamoto: The Traditional Handicrafts

Kumamoto is a land of wonder, beyond the cuteness that is Kumamon. If you find yourself in our beautiful prefecture, feel free to check out the local crafts, and maybe pick up a few to bring back for your friends! Here are some greatest crafts unique to Kumamoto that will amaze both you and your…