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Capital of the prefecture of the same name, Kumamoto was a very prosperous city from the beginning of the 17th century until the end of the 19th century. The Shirakawa River and its tributaries traverse it and surround the castle, which is located in the center of the city. In addition, Kumamoto was nicknamed “the city of wood and fresh water” for its canals and numerous gardens.

Kumamoto Castle

Symbol of the city and one of the three most beautiful castles in Japan, Kumamoto Castle rises on a hill. It was built in 1607 under the direction of Kiyomasa Kato, the local lord who laid the foundations of the current structure of the city. A large part of the castle was burned during a fire in 1877, but the keep was restored in 1960, regaining its original splendor. The tower is nowadays a museum where valuable objects of the Shogun period are exhibited.

10 minutes on foot from the Kotsu Center or 10 minutes by bus from Kumamoto Station.

Museum of Fine Arts of Kumamoto Prefecture

Located in the Ninomaru castle park, this museum has works ranging from antiquity to the present, both Japanese and Western. You can also see old engravings, sculptures and calligraphy, as well as works by Renoir, Rembrandt, Gauguin, Picasso or Rodin. Likewise, it is possible to admire the reproductions of the magnificent decorated tombs discovered in the prefecture.

10 minutes on foot from the Kotsu Center or 10 minutes by bus from Kumamoto Station.

 


Suizenji-jojuen

It is a typical Momoyama-style garden created in 1632 in a residence of the Hosokawa clan, leaders of the region who succeeded the Kato clan. The 64.6-hectare garden is unique in its design and reproduces large-scale landscapes as famous as the ancient Tokaido route or as Mount Fuji and Lake Biwa. There is also a tea room, originally located in Kyoto’s famous Ratsura Rikyu garden.

20 minutes by bus from the Kotsu Center.

 


Popular Art Center of Kumamoto Prefecture

The center exhibits a wide variety of artisanal objects and folk art in wood, ceramics, bamboo, as well as cutlery or fig-style marquetry, specific to the Kumamoto region. Some pieces are for sale in the store.

A 5 minute walk from the Shiyakusho-mae tram stop.

 

Shimotori

is the longest shopping arcade in Kumamoto. With its line-up of numerous fashionable apparel shops, it is considered to be the fashion district of Kumamoto. Aside from shopping, the arcade also provides visitors with a large selection of other ways to spend time, including karaoke parlours and cafes. If you venture down one of the connecting streets, you will find a large variety of restaurants and bars to explore.

Talk to the locals in Kumamoto City and besides mentioning the iconic castle and a few other tourists spots, they are quick to highlight that the best thing about the city is its chill atmosphere and its nightlife. They are not far from the truth so we’ll give you a shortlist of some of the best spots to enjoy a drink, live music events, or if you are up for it, a long night of dancing. You won’t need to travel far between locations since most of the nighttime entertainment is concentrated around Nishi Ginza Street and Sakae Dori, both in the Tetorihoncho District.

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KUMAMOTO PREFECTURAL SPORTS PARK 

The stadium is designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, though the original iterations were designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. Kuma’s design utilizes Japanese lumber as an alternative to the concrete that is used in the majority of Japan’s large-scale projects.

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