Best way to Travel Kumamoto-Minamata (Environmental Model City)

Minamata (水俣) is globally known as “Minamata Disease” because of the mercury poisoning disaster in 1950-1960. It is located in southern Kumamoto Prefecture Kyushu island Japan.

Later, Minamata has been creating a positiveness to recovered from the mercury disease and pollution problem and became an “Environmental Model City” across the world. Thus, it operated many schools and collages study tours across the Japan as well as from the world-wide. If you are planning to visit Minamta, then, here are all the tips you’ll need to know for your first visit to Minamata.

How to get in: Public Transport

Minamata hasn’t any airport. So, tourists can travel by either Bullet Train train or bus. If those are traveling by air from Tokyo, Osaka or outside from Japan, first arrive at Aso Kumamoto Airport. It’s easy to access from Aso Kumamoto Airport. Further, those are travelling by bullet train (Shinkansen), arrive at Kumamoto Sta.

By Air @ Aso Kumamoto Airport

  • 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

 By Bullet Train (Shinkansen):

  • Fukuoka→Kumamoto Sta.→Shin Yatsushiro Sta.→Shi Minamata Sta.
  • Kagoshima→Sendai Sta.→Izumi Sta.→Shi Minamata Sta.

By Train (Hisatsu Orange):

  • Kumamoto Sta.→Yatsushiro Sta.→Shi Minamata Sta.

Sightseeing Spot:

Minamata has very limited sightseeing places such as; disease related sites, museum, hot-springs. Here are the lists;

Minamata Disease Related Sites:

National Institute for Minamata Disease

National Institute Minamata Disease

Minamata Disease Municipal Museum and National Institute of Minamata Disease are the main disease related sites to visit. It was established in 1978 and known as NIMD. The purpose of NIMD is to conducting medical research to improve medical treatment for Minamata disease victims.

Actually, Minamata Disease was discovered in 1950s, the symptoms of this disease range from headache, chronic fatigue, hearing more.. In many cases, the disease can result in death. It is easy to access from Shin-Minamata Sta, by car approx. 15 min. More details Click..

Yonoko Onsen:

Yonoko Onsen (湯の児温泉), this hot-spring resort has amazing sea coast view. There is popular “Fukuda Farm” also known as Yonoko Spain Village. Fukuda Farm produces many delicious goods such as; verity of breads, beer, wine, juices, jam more.. which is also popular for souvenir.

It is located in the central Minamata. Tourist can reach by car or bus from the Minamata Sta. whichi takes approx. 20-25 min. It takes approx. 30 min by walk from Yonoko Onsen to Fukuda Farm. More details Click.. 

Yunotsuru Onsen:

Yunotsuru Onsen

Yunotsuru Onsen

Yunotsuru Onsen (湯の鶴温泉), this hot-spring is very effective for body relax. It is said that, this hot spring was discovered by an injured crane so it’s known as “crane of hot water”.

It is located in the Minamata city. Tourist can reach by car or bus from the Minamata Sta. which takes approx. 20-30 min). More details Click.. 


Nagasaki Chanpon,・Udon華・ちゃんぽん・皿うどん


Minamata is blessed with its natural ground water resource which makes the food delicious. Tourist can try verity of breads with testy wine/beer, Raw-onion Salad, Sushi (raw fish) and vegetables noodles (Chanpon/Udon).


If you are planning to travel to Minamata by air, then first arrived at Aso Kumamoto Airport then, take a Airport Limousine Bus for Kumamoto Sta. then, take bullet train for Minanata. If you are planning to travel by Bullet train, then book your ticket for Shin-Minamata Sta. Bullet train is best way to travel Minamata.

Don’t forget to have relax in Yonoko hot-spring and lunch at Fukuda Farm. Hope it will help you in traveling to Kumamoto. Have a nice journey!

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