Welcome to Kumamoto Prefecture! This region is located along the west coast of Kyushu, and home to the largest active volcano in Japan, Mount Aso. Known as the land of forests, over 20% of Kumamoto’s land is designated as National Parks. Despite suffering damage in the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake, the region was quick to rebound and continues to welcome tourism. The most common way to get to Kumamoto is by Kyushu Shinkansen from Hakata Station in Fukuoka city (about 40 mins). Kumamoto’s highlights include Kumamoto Castle, “the impregnable castle,” Suizenji Jojuen Garden, and Aso Valley. Visitors also often take the Aso Boy train to enjoy a spectacular view of Aso from the panorama seating at both ends of the train.


Kumamoto is rich in natural beauty with a grand mountain range and a shining blue ocean. Between the smoking crater of Mount Aso in the east and the isolated islands of Amakusa in the west, Kumamoto has plenty to keep you enthralled.

Kumamoto City

The prefectural capital best known for its castle

Kurokawa Onsen

One of Japan's most attractive hot spring towns


A large active volcano in the center of Kyushu


Remote islands with a large Christian population

We arrange a wide array of meal choices for you, from Japanese traditional set meals, all you can eat, to local and seasonal specialties. Join us in exploring the taste of Japan!

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Different regions have their own traditional recipes and agricultural farming system. Many of the regional dishes can only be tasted in the original area they came from.

Ikinari Dango

Translated to “sudden dumpling”, this traditional confectionery of Kumamoto is a steamed sweet dumpling filled with mashed yellow sweet potato and Azuki red bean paste (boiled Azuki beans with sugar), and wrapped around a thin, chewy steamed flour skin. This sweet treats can be enjoyed cold as it is, microwaved, steamed, or even baked in the oven. (Image via Kumamoto Guide)

Aka Beef / Red Wagyu Donburi

Also known as Aka Beef, this bowl-of-rice dish is topped with plenty of wagyu beef raised in the lush nature of Aso, Kumamoto. This savory and juicy donburi is grilled medium-rare and topped with a half-boiled egg. The characteristic feature of Aka Beef is the balance of lean meat and good-quality fat. Aka Beef can be found not only in the Aso area but also throughout Kumamoto City. (Image via Kumamoto Guide)

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Whether this is your first time visiting, or returning, make sure to participate in these unique activities, that cannot be done elsewhere!

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

In Kumamoto, there are a few ranches where tourists can try horse riding, or walking a horse for a small fee. The rides are suitable for anyone of any age, gender, and level of previous experiences--even a first-timer will be able to ride one comfortably. Some of the available ranches are Yume Daichi Green Valley, Aso Nature Land, Ubuyama Ranch, Mo Mo Farm Takehara, and Equestrian Blue Grass.

Dolpin Watching

Dolphin Watching

This activity can be enjoyed mainly in the Amakusa area where about two hundred dolphins inhabiting the waters. The dolphins are gentle and very people-friendly by nature, thus, sometimes they like to approach when they hear the sound of a fishing vessel engine. Other than dolphin watching, you can also do other activities such as cruise, glass-bottom boat, boat tours, and so on.

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Recommended Hotels

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ANA Crowne Plaza Kumamoto New Sky

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kumamoto

Hotel Nikko Kumamoto

Dormy Inn Kumamoto

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