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Kumamoto’s Hidden Gems: Top 10 Travel Spots in Uki, Uto & Misato

The beautiful off the beaten path Uki area near Kumamoto city in Kyushu is the true embodiment of the Japanese concept of ‘satoyama’ – nature at its most authentic and beautiful self. From stunning nature landscapes and phenomena, to rich history and culture, and even unique photo spots you can hardly believe are real –…

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…

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…

Tomi’s Shortbread House – British Pastry in the Heart of Kumamoto

Shortbread might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Japanese baking, but for Tomi’s Shortbread House, it is a culinary staple. Located in the heart of Kumamoto, this British-style pastry shop offers so much more than just shortbread. I spoke to the store owner Yuki Wilson about the pastry…