Best way to travel Tamana Kumamoto


Tamana (玉名) is best known for hot springs and Rengein Tanjyoji Temple. It is small town located in north Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu island Japan. Tamana is rich in agriculture because of pure water.

Tamana’s hot spring is very popular in Kumamoto due to high quality. It has also some small hot-spring resorts. If you are planning to visit Tamana then, here are all the tips you’ll need to know for your first visit to Tamana.

How to get in: Public Transport

Tamana is very easy to access from Kumamoto Sta. local Bus/Train. JR train runs from Kumamoto Sta. – Tamana Sta. and it takes around 30 min.

Local Bus:

Tamana Bus

Sanko Bus runs on every 20-30 mins from Kumamoto Kotsu Center/Kumamoto Sta. It takes around 75 minutes.

⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Sta. (Platform #2)

⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Kotsu Center (Platform #2)

Sightseeing Spot:

The history, temples, hot springs and the culture makes Tamana a special attraction in Kumamoto. Not only Japanese but foreigners also have increased in recent time from across the world. Here are the lists:

Rengein Tanjyoji Temple:

Rengein Tanjyoji Temple

Rengein Tanjyoji Temple


It is a Buddhist temple and the 2nd most recommended place in Tamana. It is very big and has two parts namely – the main temple and the inner temple (known as Okunoin)

Access: Tourist can access it from Tamana Sta. It is around 3 km far from Tamana Sta and accessible by local bus or taxi. Price: 500 Yen

Tamana Hot Spring:

Tamana Hot Spring

Tamana Hot Spring

Tamana Onsen Street is very popular. Tamana hot spring water has high quality water with a history of 1300 years old. It has many small-big hot springs but, Kusamakura., Tensui, and Tuskasa-no-yu are the most famous. Tourist can also check the temperature of the water in advance. More details Click..

Access: There are direct buses from Kumamoto Sta. and Kumamoto Kotsu Center. It will take around 1.5 hour. Price: 500~ Yen

Other Attractions:

Tamana Tenbo-ken Sky Lookout:

Tamana Tenbo-ken Sky

There are other spots to visit in Tamana like as; Tanama Tenbo-ken Sky, Kusamakurakouryukan ( a museum under the Kusamakura hot spring), Free foot-bath (ashiyu)

Free foot-bath (ashiyu)

Free foot-bath (ashiyu)

Don’t forget:

  • Tamana Tenbo-kan Sky Lookout;
  •  Hiyoshi Shrine;
  • Tamana Hot Spring


Kumamoto Ramen : Noodles (ラーメン)

Ramen : Noodles (ラーメン)

Tamana is blessed with its natural ground water resource which makes the rice very delicious. The most popular foods are Ramen (Noodles). The ingredients are noodles made from flour, roasted pork slice, miso, garlic chips, ginger, bean sprout, spring onion, leek etc. It is the most satisfying cuisine for noodle-lovers and strong taste-lovers.

In Sweets or Souvenir tourist can buy Lantern-Monaka which is made by red beans paste (Anko) shaped and then wrapped with steamed rice flour. Matsukaze made by rice flour in which beet sugar, egg and poppy seed are mixed. You can enjoy it with a cup of green tea.


Tourists can come to Kumamoto by air, bullet train or express bus. Airport Limousine Buses are available from Aso Kumamoto Airport to Kumamoto downtown.

Take a local bus (for Tamana) either from Kumamoto Sta./Kumamoto Kotsu Center which takes approximately 75 min. Hope it will help you in traveling to Tamana, Kumamoto. Have a nice journey!

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