I visited Kumamoto for the first time in 2014 and I was surprised! There is no other city with people so kind, foods so delicious and rich natural resources. Therefore, I can say it with surety that Kumamoto is one of the most satisfying places in Japan to live in. Being the 3rd largest city in Kyushu Island it is known as the “Heart of Kyushu”; Read 4 reasons why you must visit Kumamoto at least once in your 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 a circumference of about 100 km. It is in Aso Kuju National Park, Kumamoto, Japan. Its peak is around 1500 meters above from the sea level.
There are many popular outdoor activities like Rope-way ride, Cycling, Golf and Horse riding. Outdoor Hot springs is popular for amazing view of hills. That’s the reason it attracts not only Japanese but foreigners too! You can read a special Blog about Mt. Aso, how to go there, what things to do, and more… Click
3. Kurokawa (Most beautiful Hot Spring)
Kurokawa Hot-spring is one of the Japan’s most magnificent natural Hot spring & resort, that attract not only Japanese but foreigners too! It is around 20 km far from Mt. Aso. Therefore, it has a magnificent nature. The best thing of Kurokawa Hot Spring water is its constant temperature between 40°C – 42°C in any weather condition.
It has a 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, what things to do and more… Click
2. Amakusa (Watch Dolphin and City of Faith)
Amakusa is an Island which 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, what things to do and more… Click
1. Delicious Food Drinking Water (Japan’s No. 1 Ground Water City)
The most interesting part is its Delicious food and Drinking water. Kumamoto is blessed with its natural ground water resource which makes Kumamoto “Japan’s No.1 tasty ground water city”. A quality mineral water is a basic necessity for every day-life and you can fulfill this need. All 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, it is a fruitful producer of delicious fruits such as; Watermelon, Strawberry, Orange, Melon etc. and 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 a domestic airport. So, it’s easy to access from any part of Japan and, across the world because of Hong Kong (connecting many flights) and Seoul.
- Seoul (Incheon Airport) – 1 hour 10 minutes approx.
- Hong Kong Airport – 3 hours approx.
- Tokyo, Heneda Airport – 1 hour 40 minutes approx.
- Osaka, Itami Airport – 1 hour 10 minutes approx.
- Nagoya – 1 hour 30 minutes
Fare: 9000 Yen ～ 45000 Yen
By Bullet Train (Shinkansen):
- Tokyo – 6 hours approx.
- Osaka – 3 hours approx.
- Nagoya – 5 hours approx.
- Fukuoka – 35 minutes approx.
Fare: 2760 Yen ～ 20000 Yen
By Express Bus:
- Nagoya – 11 hours approx.
- Osaka – 9-10 hours approx.
- Fukuoka – 2 hours approx.
Fare: 2060 Yen ～ 14000 Yen
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) : 2280 Yen
- Fare of 2 ticket from Kumamoto Sta.-Fukuoka (Hakata / Tenjin / Airport) : 4100 Yen
- Fare of 4 ticket from Kumamoto Sta.-Fukuoka (Hakata / Tenjin / Airport) : 7600 Yen
- Fare of 4 ticket from Kumamoto Sta.-Fukuoka (Hakata / Tenjin / Airport) : 7120 Yen (Buy from Bus Mori Apps)
If you are planning to travel to Kumamoto by air, then take an Airport Limousine Bus form Aso Kumamoto Airport to Kumamoto downtown. Further, if you are planning to travel by Bullet train, book your ticket 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!