Kumamoto, nicknamed “fire country” for its proximity to the active volcano Mount Aso, invites you to explore its varied attractions. Located on the high speed bullet train route, the sprawling city is steeped in history with its World War II lineage and the formidable 16th century Kumamoto Castle that breaks through the cityscape. Many Japanese gardens create green oases across the city with Suizenji Joju-en, which adjoins the Suizenji Temple, being the most prominent among these. Devastated by an earthquake in 2016, the city has proven its indomitable spirit by getting back on its feet through extensive repairs and restructuring in the aftermath. The downtown area, which is a pulsating hub of commercial activity dotted with shopping arcades, restaurants, and bars, offers ample proof of this. Kumamoto’s rich cultural heritage can be experienced at one of its many festivals as well as at the local art museum and theater.

Highlights

  • Mount Aso Volcano
  • Kumamoto Castle
  • Japanese Gardens

Places to Stay

Mitsui Garden Kumamoto Room
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kumamoto

Style: International

Mitsui Garden Hotel is a five minute drive from JR Kumamoto train station and close to attractions such as Kumamoto Castle. The minimalist rooms feature elements inspired by the traditional craftwork of the region.

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Enchanting Travels Japan Tours Kumamoto Hotels Nikko Kumamoto Room
Nikko Hotel Kumamoto

Style: International

Hotel Nikko Kumamoto is located in the heart of the city, just a half hour drive from the airport. Kumamoto Castle and the office district are just a short stroll away. Stay in a sleek, contemporary ensuite room equipped with all modern conveniences.

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