You don't need to be a prince, princess, king, or queen when you visit Kumamoto because even if you do not belong to royalties, you will feel like you belong. After all, once you see the castles and famous gardens, you will feel like you have a crown and on top of the world. The stunning city of Kumamoto is the capital of the wider Kumamoto Prefecture and is part of the island of Kyushu. The town is pretty known for its magnificent castle and is also close to the renowned Mount Aso, a still-active volcano, which has led to the city being known as Hi No Kuni, which means 'Fire Country.' Kumamoto is also a place where you can explore impressive museums, galleries and shopping arcades or you can again go for a calm afternoon walk in the beautiful Japanese gardens that beautify the city. Kumamoto is exceptionally splendid in the autumn months.
1. Land of BicyclesLike other cities in Japan, Kumamoto would be a great place to visit when you want to explore the town using bicycles. Riding using bikes would make your trip more thrilling because aside from being close to the city, it will be a healthy ride. After all, you will be able to exercise your feet while being in awe. You can hire a bike at many spots across the city and then ride around at your leisure. It would be a comfortable ride and will not be a hassle as the city is entirely made for bikes because it is flat. It will be one of the rides that you'll never forget because aside from sightseeing while riding, you will have the chance to breathe the fresh air of Japan. An incomparable fresh air that will make you feel relaxed and unbothered for a while.
2. Mouthwatering Kumamoto's Food A trip will never be complete without savoring the city's specials and mouthwatering foods. Japan has been known for having such delicious foods, and you will actually find something that would satisfy your stomach in every city, and Kumamoto is one of those. Some of the must-try mouthwatering dishes include Red Wagyu Donburi, a bowl-of-rice dish that is topped with plenty of Red Wagyu beef perfect for meat and beef lovers. It is loved by many tourists because of its unique savory and juicy donburi. Kumamoto's Original Ramen would also give you a mouthwatering taste of roasted garlic that received positive remarks by every traveler because of its winsome taste of mild pork-broth soup made from the blend of pork bone and chicken stock.
3. Appreciate the Upbring of Autumn FestivalKumamoto will never disappoint you because its pleasant weather would bring surprises to you, especially when you visit by October or November. After all, you would experience the autumn season during these months. You will not just enjoy the coolness and chilling atmosphere of the city. Still, you will be able to have the chance to witness their known Autumn Festival, which is being celebrated every end of October and beginning of November. Hues of orange and pink would light up the city during the festival because of the breathtaking trees you'll find there, and the burnt copper colors found across the parks and gardens are not to be missed. You must not skip the Autumn Festival's main event at Kumamoto-jo, including musical recitals such as taiko drumming shows and dance competitions.
Kumamoto Tourist Spots
1. See Traditional Crafts in Kumamoto Prefectural Traditional Crafts CentreThe arts and crafts of Japan are one of the best that the country would be proud of. Suppose you are fond of cute things with a touch of Japan's tradition. In that case, Kumamoto is a perfect getaway place for you as it boasts a traditional crafts center where you will find unique souvenirs of Japan such as ceramics, glassware, and wood carvings. You will have the chance to wander and choose the perfect gift or souvenir from Kumamoto. Check out their different crafts that would bring you back to the country's past and will make you see how their tradition and culture are still intact. Having souvenirs would make your journey more memorable and unforgettable. It would be as if you also bring Kumamoto to your home when your trip ends in the country.
2. Nestled by Mesmerizing Nature in Mount Aso Kumamoto is known for its breathtaking, including Mt. Aso, where one of the world's largest calderas lies. The city is also bestowed by the beautiful sea around "Amakusa"—a group of 120 islands. The mountains of Aso and the sea of Amakusa make Kumamoto a breathtaking land, even in Japan. Come and begin to capture the unique appearance of Kumamoto.
3. Get to Know the Samurai Legend at Shimada Museum of ArtKumamoto has a hidden legend that would mesmerize because it is where Japan's most legendary samurai warrior spent his final years. He is known as Miyamoto Musashi. His spirit still lives in Kumamoto, making the city a renowned authentic samurai town. Visiting the city would tell you more about his legendary remark. Musashi is known for studying the arts of calligraphy and painting and wrote his world-renowned paper on martial arts, "The Book of Five Rings."