Need to Relax? Visit the Hirayama Onsen Taichi Resort in Yamaga

Perhaps you are an onsen-pro, visiting your public bathhouse every weekend and chatting with the locals, or perhaps you’re still more of a novice to the whole public bathing experience. Either way, if you’re a fan of the hot springs of Japan, you can’t fail to be impressed by the Hirayama Onsen Resort in Yamaga,…

Explore Kumamoto: Visit the Reigando Cave

While tourist attractions within a metro area are easily reached and convenient for travellers, if you don’t mind making an effort to travel out of the city centre, you are often rewarded with amazing locations and little-visited spots. This is how is in Kumamoto, where a mere stone-throw from the city is a top tourist…

Stroll Around Mt. Aso, The Largest Active Volcano in Japan

Japan is a home to more than 100 active volcanoes, more than any other country around the world. The largest active volcano in the area is Mt. Aso, which recently erupted on September 14, 2015. Though there were no casualties, the volcano fumed out without any warning, evacuating many people near the area. Nevertheless, it…

Kumamoto’s Secret Garden: Tokutomi Memorial Garden

Major tourist attractions are all well and good, but it’s only when you live in a place that you discover all the little places that are rarely visited by the average traveller. These might include specialist art galleries, hidden parks or tiny museums that aren’t listed in many guides. One such museum in Kumamoto is…

Kumamoto: A Day Trip Exploring Shimabara’s Hidden Treasures

If you’re tired of bustling crowds at popular tourist attractions and the impossible task of taking a selfie without including the world and his wife in the background, perhaps you’ll consider taking a day-trip to a less well-known location such as Shimabara. Visiting a small place may not be as exciting as top tourist attractions…

Step Back in Time When you Visit Misumi West Port

The South Island of Kyushu has an endless supply of seaside nooks and crannies to explore, from bustling towns to tiny little fishing villages where foreigners rarely go. An example of something halfway in between is Misumi, a town in the Uto District of Kumamoto Prefecture. By train you can get to Misumi from Kumamoto…

Historical Figures of Japan – Teacher Janes

Not all famous figures from the history of Japan are Japanese – Teacher Jane is a good example of a foreigner who has made a big impact on this country. In Japan today, you can see foreigners all over the place – even in small towns. But imagine if you were the first ever foreigner…

Dokai Dokai… What happens at the Kumamoto Horse Festival?

When you think of horses in relation to Kumamoto, the first thing that springs to mind is Basashi – horse meat served raw like its fishy equivalent sashimi.   But horses are famous in Kumamoto for more than one reason, and the Kumamoto Horse Festival (known locally as the Great Festival of the Fujisaki Hachimangu…

Top 5 Delicious Traditional Kumamoto Grubs!

Before the advent of Kumamon, Kumamoto was one of those prefectures you tend to pass through without stopping, unless you had a reason, family, or were just curious. With its increase in popularity, and the arrival of the bullet train, we are beginning to see tourists enjoy something those of us who live here have…

Spend a Peaceful Day at Kumamoto – Lake Ezu

Just outside the small city of Kumamoto, natural beauty can be found in a variety of places, from forests thick with trees to open parks and riverside walks. Of all these scenic spots, Lake Ezu is sure to be a favourite with any Kumamoto visitor. この投稿をInstagramで見る #10月8日 #もしかして10月初up😆 #夕景 #江津湖 #夕暮れ #夕焼け #夕陽 #夕焼け雲 #sunsetcloud…