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Located in Japan's southwesterly corner on the island of Kyushu, the city of Kumamoto is the capital of the Kumamoto Prefecture. Kumamoto has a long and rich history, with its castle being its most prominent feature. Built in the 17th century by the then-daimyō, or lord, it was long considered utterly impregnable due to its innovative defensive systems. Indeed, it still stands proudly atop Ni No Maru Park's hill overlooking the city.
However, during the Second World War, approximately a third of the city was burned down by Allied air raids, with over 300 people dying as a result. In commemoration, the Buddhist monk Nichidatsu Fuji was instrumental in the construction of a peace pagoda on Mount Hanaoka, which you can still visit to this day.
Moreover, the famous warrior, writer, and philosopher Miyamoto Musashi spent his last few years in Kumamoto, with his tomb located just a short distance away.
Visitors to Kumamoto will find a charming city brimming with culture and historical significance. A great choice for those looking for an active city break spent sightseeing!
Bre sure to book ahead as the best places to stay in Kumamoto get quickly booked up.
What Not To Miss
- A trip to Kumamoto wouldn't be complete without visiting the castle. Be warned, however, that parts of it are still under reconstruction due to damange incurred during the recent earthquake.
- Spend an afternoon wandering through the idyllic 73,000 metres of Suizenji Jojuen Garden.
- Culture-vultures should make time to see both Kato Shrine and the Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto.
The best places to stay in Kumamoto
For a contemporary base
- Hotel Nikko Kumamoto is a centrally-located hotel with great views of the castle. The rooms are smart and functional, whilst you can choose to dine at any one of a variety of eateries.
- Kumamoto Hotel Castle is an elegant option with stylish accommodation in the heart of the city. Tuck into both regional and international dishes - a top option.
For a traditional stay
- Maruko Hotel is a traditional hotel boasting tatami-style accommodation and a number of onsens in which to unwind after a long day sightseeing.
For an apartment
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- Fly into Tokyo Haneda Airport before taking a connection to the Aso Kumamoto Airport.
- You're best off visiting in the summer, with the average temperature rising to a balmy 27°C in July and August.
- If you'd like to explore more of the surrounding area then consider hiring a car with Rentalcars.
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Best Hotels in Kumamoto
Maruko Hotel 46 rooms from £97Kumamoto
A traditional Japanese hotel located in the centre of the city. Classically styled rooms include roll down futons, tatami mats, floor level dining tables and little else. A number of hot spring baths are utterly spoiling to unwind in after a day spent exploring the city. Charming.Local exploring - A hotel offering an authentic Japanese experience and a central city location.Sights nearby - Walking distance from the impressive Kumamoto Castle.Great walks - Wander through the picturesque Suizen-ji Garden.Full of character
Hotel Nikko Kumamoto 191 rooms from £98Kumamoto
A centrally located hotel boasting epic views of Kumamoto Castle. An impressive collection of restaurants serve up gourmet cuisine. Rooms are elegant with crisp white linen, nuetral tones and simple dark wooden furniture. With efficient service and a great locality this is an ideal city base.Local exploring - A chic, centrally located, property close to many of the city's attractions.Sights nearby - Just a 10 minute walk from the impressive Kumamoto Castle.Great walks - Take a stroll through the scenic Suizenji Park.Views - Great views from hotel
Kumamoto Hotel Castle 179 rooms from £119Kumamoto
An elegant hotel situated in the heart of Kumamoto. Stylish rooms are contemporary in style with floor to ceiling windows, crisp white linen, luxury bathrooms and the best boast views of Kumamoto Castle. A range of regional and international dishes are served up in the restaurant. A chic city base.Local exploring - Boasting a central location and excellent transport links.Great walks - Take a stroll through the picturesque Suizenji Garden.Sights nearby - Visit the mighty Kumamoto Castle.Views - Great views from hotel
Kuokawa Onsen Oku No Yu 26 rooms from £157Kumamoto (Minamioguni)
A tranquil haven hidden in thick forest, situated besides the Tanohara River. Interiors are traditional and minimalist; think paper shutters, tatami mats and plenty of light wood. Boasting an indoor pool and healing hot water spring baths. The perfect spot to completely unwind amongst nature.Total relaxation - A rural haven situated in the Kurokawa Onsen hot spring area.Sights nearby - Make a trip to the impressive Nabegataki Waterfall.Swimming Pool - Indoor pool.Full of character
Sozankyo 22 rooms from £165Kumamoto Prefecture
A luxury ryokan situated in the Aso Uchimaki Onsen Hot Spring Area. Traditionally designed throughout with floor level in-room dining, tatami mats and paper shutters. Boasting both indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, exemplary service and noteworthy regional cuisine. An utterly relaxing stay.Total relaxation - A blissful property set in tranquil gardens and boasting both inside and outside onsens.Full of characterRomantic - Good for couples.Traditional
Yamamizuki 7 rooms from £127Kumamoto (Minamioguni)
A charming traditional property set in picturesque wood thats colours change with the seasons. Rooms are Classically Japanese with tatami mats, floor level dining, futon beds and paper shutters. Numerous hot spring baths are utterly spoiling and the regional cuisine superb. A tranquil escape.Total relaxation - Set amidst a picturesque forest and boasting numerous healing hot spring baths.Sights nearby - Just 20 minutes from the scenic Nabegataki Waterfall.Secluded setting - For escaping.Full of character
Ryokan Wakaba 15 rooms from £224Kumamoto (Minamioguni)
A charming Ryokan (Japanese inn) set amidst the forest in utterly tranquil surrounds. Traditionally designed throughout rooms feature tatami mats, floor level dining tables and paper shutters. A number of indoor and outdoor hot spring baths will ease any aching muscles. Rural bliss.Back to Nature - A tranquil property set within picturesque countryside.Sights nearby - Make a trip to the impressive Aso Shrine.Romantic - Good for couples.Secluded setting - For escaping.
Ryokan Sanga 15 rooms from £224Kumamoto
A traditional property situated in a picturesque forest at the source of two hot water springs. The house, made from wood and glass, mixes traditional design with contemporary style. Classically Japanese rooms feature tatami mats and paper shutters. A place to completely unwind.Spa breaks - Boasting two hot water spring sources; one offering medicinal benefits and the other cleansing for the skin.Total relaxation - Tucked away in the forest a luxury ryokan ideal for indulging in a little rest and recuperation.Trekking - Find miles of hiking trails starting straight from the property.Sights nearby - Visit the historical Mangan-ji Temple just 10 minutes from the property.
Ryokan Yumotoso 12 rooms from £323Kumamoto
A traditional wooden property set overlooking the Tahara River in the Kurokawa Onsen hot-spring area. Atmospheric rooms are reminiscent of design from the end of Edo Period yet with modern comforts such as western bed and flat screen TVs. A charming rural escape.Country Escape - A charming rural property set in pretty countryside.Sights nearby - Situated a 10-minute drive from Meotodaki Falls.Secluded setting - For escaping.Full of character
Miyama Sansou 16 rooms from £401Kumamoto Prefecture
A luxury rural escape built to resemble a small village. Individual cottages are chicly designed with minimalist style and architecture making the most of the epic views. Rooms feature natural spring hot tubs, western beds and paper shutters. The perfect countryside hideaway.Country Escape - Set in picturesque countryside complete with a stream and lush green paddy fields.Great walks - Explore the scenic surrounds by foot.Restrictions on children - Adult only.Views - Great views from hotel
Kurosawa Onsen Oyado Noshiyu 11 rooms from £424Kumamoto
A small traditional Japanese inn set amidst a pretty forest. The eleven atmospheric rooms have beamed ceilings, tatami mats and low-level dining tables. Regional dishes are served in the dining room and there's both indoor and outdoor onsens to relax in. A charming stay.Hideaway - Nestled amdst the forest, with not another house in sight. The ideal place to get away from it all.Great walks - Take long walks through the picturesque forest.Restrictions on children - Adult only.Romantic - Good for couples.