Kumamoto

Explore Kumamoto – Day Trip to Uto

“But why are you going to Uto? There’s nothing there!” My Japanese friends were confused about my choice of a day trip location. To them, visiting a small town with almost nothing to do there seemed like a strange concept indeed. But I reminded them that to me, a foreigner, even the most mundane experience…

Beauty and Wonders of the 7 prefectures of Kyushu Island

Avoid the busy Tokyo. Skip the famous Kyoto. Go farther down Osaka. There are more to see down south of Japan. Visit Kyushu and discover more beautiful sceneries, dine on great delicacies, and indulge in the richness of culture and history. In Kyushu, you may experience an adventure you will treasure for a lifetime. All…

Who’s that lovable Black Bear we can see everywhere in Kumamoto?

Despite the bears name being derived from his hometown of Kumamoto, Kumamon is no small-time mascot unknown out of his city of origin. Kumamon products can be seen all over Japan; from humble beginnings, this big, black bear has risen to fame with a popularity that continues to grow. So who is Kumamon, and why…

The Cutest Tram in JapanーGetting Around in Kumamoto

With a population of over 700,000, Kumamoto is a small city with a limited number of foreigners. Getting around in Tokyo is easy enough – signs and timetables are often displayed in English, and if you get stuck you can probably find an English-speaking attendant to help you. But in a small city like Kumamoto…

Suizenji Park −The Treasure of Kumamoto

If you find yourself in Kumamoto, high up on your to-do list will be a visit to Suizenji Koen (水前寺公園 Suizenji Park). There are many visitors to the park every year and it’s well-known for its beauty and traditional style. Author’s photo At the entrance to the park you can purchase ikinari dango いきなりだんご –…

Mia Pizza, The Best Pizzeria in Kumamoto

For a small city, Kumamoto sure isn’t short of interesting places to eat. Whether you preferences are for delicacies of Japan or abroad, Kumamoto will provide. If pizza is what you’re in the mood for, check out Mia Pizza, located near Route 3. Location Mia Pizza can be found in a roadside trailer close to…

Aso Farm Village: A Unique and Fantastic Accommodation

Aso Farm Land is a large theme park in Kumamoto Prefecture where you can enjoy various activities. So many that it is best to stay overnight or even for more days as much as you can afford. Stay in Aso Farm Village and experience a great escape into the world of nature and healing. Stay…

Aso Farmland, full on health-oriented complex in Kumamoto!

Aso Farm Land, a theme park located in Kumamoto Prefecture, could be your chance to experience fabulous vacations or a fantastic weekend complete package get-away. Opened in 1995, Aso Farm Land is mentioned (in japantimeline.jp) as one of the world’s largest Nature and Health theme parks. It was opened in 1995 bearing the theme “people,…

Hiking Aso-Gogaku Will Take Your Breath Away!

Japan is a great place for hiking. It’s clean, there are plenty of choices, and for the most part it’s safe. If you enjoy hiking and you’re interested in checking out a new place, try out Aso-Gogaku! Aso Kuju National Park Aso-Gogaku, often called the Five Mountains of Aso, is actually a single volcano with…

An Introduction to Kumamoto Castle!

This landmark is what Kumamoto is famous for; it’s a popular spot for Japanese and foreign tourists alike. Entrance fee is 500 Yen. The castle has a long history dating back to 1467 when the Ideta clan first established fortifications in the area. The initial version of Kumamoto Castle was completed in 1588. Author’s photo…