Kumamoto Prefecture faces many mountains like Mount Aso, the mountainous area of Kyushu to the east, and is bordered by the Ariake inland sea to the west.
The video introduces the charm of Kumamoto through the kindness of people living in the prefecture.
Tourist spots in Kumamoto Prefecture
Daikanbo is a natural observation platform located at the highest peak of Mount Aso in Kitagairin area. From there you have a panoramic view of places like Aso Caldera, Aso Gogaku, also known as the five mountains of Aso, and the Kuju Mountain Range.
Kumamoto Castle is one of the three most famous castles in Japan. It suffered a lot of damage during the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake, but at the Kumamoto Castle revival tour route, you can witness the castle being restored, which is something you can only see now.
Sakuranobaba Josaien is a tourist complex located at the base of Kumamoto Castle. There are stores where you can enjoy local delicacies and specialties, learn about the history of Kumamoto at Wakuwakuza History and Cultural Experience, and view cherry blossoms in the spring.
Kurokawa Onsen is a hot spring that represents Kyushu. If you purchase a nyuyou-tegata, which is an onsen-hopping pass, you can go around and enjoy three different hot springs. Don’t forget to also check out the atmospheric hot spring district, or try to eat delicious dishes at a traditional Ryokan (Japanese-style inn).
The stream of water falling down at the beautiful Nabegataki Falls looks like a magical curtain. You can even walk behind the waterfall to enjoy a different view compared to the front.
Places to have fun in Kumamoto
You can watch dolphins from the top of a boat in Amakusa. There is a high 98% chance to encounter them, and you may even see a flock of friendly wild dolphins right in front of your eyes.
You can challenge yourself to try paragliding at Aso Nature Land. There are plans where you can ride the paraglider together with an instructor, so even beginners can try it out without worrying.
Other activities include bockerl-ing, which is a fun activity of German origin. Bockerl is a tiny three-wheeled vehicle that looks like a bike. It’s like riding a sled, and you can’t get enough of the feeling of speeding down the hill.
Delicacies and souvenirs of Kumamoto
Kumamoto ramen is a ramen dish that uses thick noodles, and has a pork bone broth with fried garlic and garlic oil inside. It is a local delicacy that is famous all around Japan. Its characteristics are its mild taste, and the fact that the pork bone broth does not have a strong smell.
Horse meat sashimi (raw sliced meat) is a famous delicacy of Kumamoto. There are plenty of shops specialized in horsemeat, and besides horse meat sashimi, there are other horse meat dishes that you can try, such as steak and even nigirizushi (sushi with a horse meat topping).
Karashi Renkon (lotus root with Japanese mustard) is a great souvenir to buy from Kumamoto. It is originally a local cuisine from Kumamoto, and the exquisite spiciness and crispy texture make it so delicious you can’t stop eating it. It used to be prepared as a health food for feudal lords, and it was considered a good stimulant of the central nervous system.
Musha-gaeshi is a baked sweet, which is a red bean paste wrapped inside a pie crust. The flavor of the adzuki beans in the bean paste, and the flavor of the butter in the pie crust is a great combination of Japanese and western tastes that go well together, and it is loved even by the locals.