• Kumamoto in Japan

Kumamoto

The lordly city of Kyushu

Kumamoto is located on the island of Kyushu, and is the capital of the prefecture of the same name. It is the largest city in Japan that is not part of the Japanese megalopolis (the area on the Pacific coast including Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto or Kobe), and its agglomeration is among the 20 largest in Japan.

Kumamoto is connected to Tokyo by train (between 5 and 6 hours of travel) via Shinkansen, or from Fukuoka from Hakata station to Kumamoto station in 1 hour and a half by shuttle (Limited Express Ariake). It can also be reached by plane: from Haneda Airport in Tokyo, it takes 1 hour and 50 minutes to reach Kumamoto Airport, which is connected to Kumamoto Station by bus (54 min).

From the early 17th century to the end of the 19th century, Kumamoto was a central seigniorial town in the region, renowned for its gardens and waterways. The city has suffered some major earthquakes during its history, the most recent being those of 2016, which devastated Kumamoto Castle (built in 1607) and which is among the most beautiful castles in Japan along with those of Himeji and Matsumoto. The multiple repairs and reconstructions of the estate’s walls are to be spread over a period of 20 years, although some parts have been reopened to the public. In the dungeon, which has already been restored, you can see objects representative of the Shogun period.

Apart from Kumamoto Castle, the city has several tourist attractions. The Suizen-ji Joju-en garden is a must: created in 1632, it covers 64.6 hectares and includes a tea house and a reproduction of the landscapes of the old Tokaido road, including Mount Fuji and Lake Biwa.

On the museum side, there is the Shimada Art Museum (around Samurai culture); the Kumamoto Prefecture Fine Arts Museum located in the castle park, Ninomaru Park (exhibiting Japanese and Western works of art, from prints to decorated tombs); and the Kumamoto Prefecture Popular Arts Centre (exhibiting handicrafts typical of the region).

Kumamoto’s cuisine is renowned in the region for its ramen and Karashi renkon.

Kumamoto does not lack festivals either. The most popular are the Festival of Lanterns (August 15 and 16) and the Aso Fire Festival, which takes place throughout March, and whose most anticipated event is the Dai Himonjiyaki, during which a huge representation of kanji meaning “Fire” is burned.

Kumamoto in Japan Map

General informations

Kumamoto in japanese : 熊本

Region : Kyushu

Prefecture : Kumamoto

Population : 738,400 inhabitants

Density : 1,890 inhab/km²

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Where to sleep in Kumamoto

Ryotei Matsuya Honkan Suizenji

Opened in December 2014 and just steps from all the glitz and glamour of Ginza’s shopping, dining and entertainment area, Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel Tokyo features a 24-hour front desk, an on-site restaurant and free Wi-Fi access.

Crowne Plaza ANA Kumamoto New Sky

Featuring stunning views of Tokyo and a convenient location just steps from Shiodome subway station, Park Hotel Tokyo offers stylish accommodations with free Wi-Fi.

Hotel Nikko Kumamoto

In the heart of Tokyo, Hotel Niwa features elegant accommodations with free Wi-Fi and a Japanese garden courtyard. It showcases 2 restaurants, a gym, and easy access to transportation services.

Dormy Inn Kumamoto Natural Hot Spring

Open from December 2015, Richmond Hotel Premier Tokyo Oshiage is located just a 2-minute walk from Oshiage Subway Station, the closest station from the Tokyo Skytree. It features free WiFi and a restaurant.

KKR Hotel Kumamoto

Opened in 2012 with modern and stylish designs, The Gate Hotel is conveniently located in the historic neighborhood. It is within a 2-minute walk from Asakusa subway station and iconic Kaminari-mon Gate. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property.

New Otani Hotels – The New Hotel Kumamoto

Offering high-floor views of the city and Tokyo Bay, Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier provides chic and stylish rooms that went through a renovation in March 2013. It is a 4-minute walk from Shinbashi Station and a 10-minute walk from the Ginza area. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property.

Richmond Hotel Kumamoto Shinshigai

Grand Nikko is in Odaiba, across Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. It has luxurious accommodations and features 6 dining options, an outdoor swimming pool and a sauna.

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kumamoto

Conveniently situated within a 3-minute walk from Shinbashi and Shiodome stations, the Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome has modern and stylish accommodations that went through a renovation in September 2013. It provides a luxurious spa and a free-use fitness center. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

Hotel Route-Inn Kumamoto Ekimae

Royal Park Hotel The Haneda is accessible from Haneda Airport’s International Terminal, and has a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and free Wi-Fi. It has a business center and a bar, and currency exchange and dry cleaning services are available.

JR Kyushu Hotel Kumamoto

Open from April 2015, Hotel Gracery Shinjuku offers comfortable rooms, free Wi-Fi and a restaurant, only a 5-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station’s east exit. Seibu Shinjuku Station is a 3-minute walk.

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Transportation in Kumamoto

There are 2 tram lines in Kumamoto

  • Line A (between Tasakibashi and Kengunmachi)
  • Line B (between Kami-Kumamoto-Ekimae and Kengunmachi)

Access

Airport : 

  • Kumamoto Airport

Main station :

  • Kumamoto Station – ο served by Shinkansen