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The world is vast, life is short and your bucket list is lengthy. So buy that ticket, pack your suitcase and check out the best of Kumamoto!
The population of this city is 700,000.
If you journey 890 kilometres northeast of Kumamoto, you'll reach the national capital, Tokyo. If you venture 12 kilometres northeast, you'll hit Koshi.
You don't have to be a youngster to enjoy a trip to the Kumamoto Zoo and Botanical Garden! Visitors of all ages will have plenty of opportunities to get close to its fascinating inhabitants through a range of thoughtful exhibits.
Take a break from your hectic sightseeing schedule and stretch out on the cool grass at the Suizenji Gardens and Toge no Chaya Park. You can also get outdoors and stretch your legs at Ishigamiyama Park or Tatsuta Nature Park.
Whether you need maps, brochures or inspiration for things to see and do, you’ll find it at Kumamoto Station Tourist Information Center. Kinbo Morinoeki Michikusakan is also a great source of local information.
Kumamoto has various natural reserves, such as Mount Aso and Aso National Park. For some more downtime, head to Aso Uchinomaki Onsen and Aso Hakusui Onsen.
If you want to learn something new or just relax in the quiet surroundings, go to Yokoi Kogusu Memorial Hall. The Memorial Museum of the Fifth High School and Former Residence of Natsume Soseki are also worthwhile. Ask about group tours to make the most of your visits.
Art admirers come from all corners of the globe to take in Kumamoto's gorgeous collections, and the Kumamoto Prefectural Traditional Crafts Centre and the Shimada Museum of Arts are often at the top of their lists. The Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto and the Kumamoto Prefectural Art Museum should also be on your radar.
Peel back the secrets of the city's past at the Tabaruzaka Museum. Through interesting information and artefacts, the museum highlights the people and events that have made the area what it is today.
If you're keen to discover some history-filled attractions, Hosokawa Gyobutei and Former Hosokawa Residence are a perfect place to start. Yakumo Koizumi Old House in Kumamoto is another intriguing option if you're hungry for more.
Safeguarded between the impenetrable walls of Kumamoto Castle is an amazing history. The glory days of years gone by can be felt around every corner.
Whatever your beliefs, the Honmyo-ji Temple and Takahashi Inari Shrine can help you check in with your spiritual side. The Reigando Temple and Kato Shrine are also key pieces of the city's spiritual identity.
What's a holiday without treating yourself to some window-shopping? From sale items to the latest fashion trends, Shinshigai Shotengai and Kokai Shopping Street have what you're looking for.
While you are here, why not call in at some places that aren't on the typical tourist path? You probably won't see too many fellow travellers at Sakura-no-baba Josaien. Kumamoto City Hall is also worth your time.
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The Kikunan Onsen UBL Hotel and Hotel Nikko Kumamoto are worth checking out. If you like the look of them, you better move fast! These digs are highly sought-after for their cosy beds and professional staff.
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