Kumamoto(熊本)

4 Top Reasons to Visit Kumamoto, Japan

I visited Kumamoto for the first time in 2014 and surprised! There is no other city with people so kind, foods so delicious and rich natural resources. Therefore I can be sure that Kumamoto is one of the most satisfied place in the Japan to live in. Being the 3rd largest city in Kyushu Island, Japan and known as the “Heart of Kyushu”; Read 4 reasons why you must visit Kumamoto once in a Life!

4. Mount Aso (Mystery Active Volcano)

Mount Aso (阿蘇山) is an active volcano and one of the largest in the world with circumference of over 100 kilometers. It is in Aso Kuju National Park Kumamoto, Japan. The peak is around 1500 meters above from the sea level.

There are popular outdoor activities like Rope-way ride, Cycling, Golf, Horse riding. Outdoor Hot springs is popular for amazing view of hills. That’s the region it attracts not only Japanese but foreigner too! You can read a special Blog about Mt. Aso, how to go there and things to do Click

3. Kurokawa (Most beautiful Hot Spring)

Kurokawa Hot-spring is one of Japan most magnificent natural Hot spring & resort, that attract not only Japanese but foreigner too! It is around 20 km far from Mt. Aso. Therefore it has magnificent nature. The best thing of Kurokawa Hot Spring waters are cooled in-between 40°C – 42°C.

It has variety of hot-spring pools including an indoor bath, a wooden tub, a standing bath & outdoor bath with amazing view of Mt. Aso and nature. You can read a special Blog about Mt. Aso, how to go there and things to do Click

2. Amakusa (Watch Dolphin and City of Faith)

Amakusa is an Island and has full of magnificent nature, marine treasure, engaging activities of Dolphins. It is located in the south-west of Kumamoto, Japan.

Also, Amakusa has ‘Hidden Christian sites’ in Sakitsu village backed for World Heritage status in 2018. So, people called it “the city of faith”. You can read a special Blog about Amakusa, how to go there and things to do Click

1. Delicious Food Drinking Water (Japan No. 1 Ground Water City)

Delicious Fruits, Vegetable and Drinking Water

And the most important is Delicious food and Drinking water. Kumamoto is blessed with its natural ground water resource which makes Kumamoto “Japan No.1 tasty ground water city”. A quality mineral water is a basic necessities for every day-life. Thanks to Kikuchi river, Kumagawa river, Midorikawa river and Shirakawa river.

All thanks to the pure ground water and other natural resources, for resulting in Kumamoto-so rich in agriculture. Thus a fruitful producer of delicious fruits such as; Watermelon, Strawberry, Orange, Melon etc.. Vegetables such as Tomatoes, Eggplant, Sweat potatoes, Bitter gourd etc..

To read more about Kumamoto and Kyushu click Travel-Kumamoto Blogs!

How to get in: Public Transport

Kumamoto has both an international and domestic airport. So, it’s easy to access from any parts of Japan and, across the world because of Hong Kong (many connecting flights) and Seoul.

By Air:

  • Seoul (Incheon Airport) – 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Hong Kong Airport – approx 3 hours
  • Tokyo, Heneda Airport – 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Osaka, Itami Airport – : 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Nagoya – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Fare: 9000 Yen ~ 45000 Yen

By Bullet Train (Shinkansen):

  • Tokyo – approx 6 hours
  • Osaka – approx  3 hours
  • Nagoya – approx 5 hours
  • Fukuoka – approx 35 minutes
  • Fare: 2760 Yen ~ 20000 Yen

By Express Bus:

  • Nagoya – approx 11 hours
  • Osaka – approx 9-10 hours
  • Fukuoka – approx 2 hours
  • Fare: 2060 Yen ~ 14000 Yen

Express Bus: Hinokuni-go (Kumamoto – Fukuoka)

Hinokuni-go Bus runs on every 10-15 min from Kumamoto City to Fukuoka (Hakata & Tenjin). And an hourly bus runs form Kumamoto – Fukuoka Airport (which does not go to Hakata / Tenjin). The total distance is around 110 km which takes around 2 hours.

Fare: It varies if you buy online or from ticket counter.

  • Fare of 1 ticket from Kumamoto Sta.-Fukuoka (Hakata / Tenjin / Airport)  : 2160 Yen
  • Fare of 2 ticket from Kumamoto Sta.-Fukuoka (Hakata / Tenjin / Airport) : 3810 Yen
  • Fare of 4 ticket from Kumamoto Sta.-Fukuoka (Hakata / Tenjin / Airport) : 7400 Yen
  • Fare of 4 ticket from Kumamoto Sta.-Fukuoka (Hakata / Tenjin / Airport) : 7000 Yen (Buy from Bus Mori Apps)

Summery:

If you are planning to travel to Kumamoto by air, then take a Airport Limousine Bus form Aso Kumamoto Airport to Kumamoto downtown. Further, if you are planning to travel by Bullet train, then book your ticket thorough online to get discount offers.

If you are planning to travel from Fukuoka airport then, tourists are recommend to take an Express bus because there will be wastage of time & money in travelling from Fukuoka airport to Hakata and changing  for Bullet train (Shinkansen) for Kumamoto.

Hope it will help you in traveling to Kumamoto. Have a nice journey!

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