The video introduces Mashiki Town with music in the background. The video shows lush nature, and the everyday life of people living in it. One of the charms of Mashiki Town is also the fact that it can be accessed easily, with the airport and a highway interchange being relatively close.

 

 

Mashiki Town is located in the center of Kumamoto Prefecture. The town has plenty of nature, with the Ky?sh? Mountains stretching out from the east part of the town to the south. One of the most important industries in the town is agriculture. There is dry farm area in the north, and rice paddy area in the center part of the town. Mashiki Town has also developed as a commuter town, since it is next to Kumamoto City, has Kumamoto Airport, and a highway interchange. Mashiki Town was hit the hardest by the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes, causing a lot of damage, and the town is still in the process of reviving.

 

Access to Mashiki Town

Arriving by plane:
Approx. 1 hour 45 min. from Haneda Airport to Kumamoto Airport.Arriving

by train:
Approx. 2 hours 30 min. from T?ky? Station to Shin-?saka Station by a Shinkansen train, then approx. 3 hours 17 min. from Shin-?saka Station to Kumamoto Station, and finally approx. 1 hour from the front of Kumamoto Station to Kiyama Kamimachi (close to the center of the town) by bus.

 

Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Mashiki Town

Kumamoto Airport (Aso Kumamoto Airport)

The airport of course offers means of transportation, but it itself is also a charming tourist spot. You can observe planes taking off and landing from the observation deck, which is located on the rooftop of the airport building. Because it is a small airport, the airplanes are also quite close to you. The airport is also a convenient place to buy last-minute souvenirs before heading out.

Must-eat Dishes to Order When Visiting Mashiki Town

Watermelons

The climate in Mashiki Town is very suitable for growing watermelons, since the temperature difference between day and night is large. This is why the town grows exceptionally many watermelons, even for a place that is located in Kumamoto Prefecture, which is the prefecture that produces the most watermelons in Japan. We recommend you try one of these vividly colored watermelons that are packed with delicious sweetness.

 

Must-get Souvenirs to Buy When Visiting Mashiki Town

Ikinari Dango
A sweet that can be eaten in Kumamoto Prefecture. A steamed sweet, made of round slices of sweet potato and adzuki bean paste, wrapped inside a dough made of mochi (sticky rice) and wheat flour. It has a unique name, which means something like “it can be made quickly” or “it can be served to customers quickly”.

 

Ichidago
A rare gourmet that is only served during “the Kiyama first market”, which is a traditional event held at the beginning of March. It is made of rice flour dumplings covered with adzuki bean paste.

 

Mashiki Town is putting effort into reviving from the big earthquakes. Delicious food and beautiful nature is waiting for you there.