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About Kumamoto

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But first, why visit Kumamoto?

Whatever your reasons for visiting Kyushu, a stop off in Kumamoto will be an unforgettable experience. There are plenty of great reasons for including Kumamoto in your trip to Japan, here are 10 of them:

  1. The Nature: Stunning and unique volcanic landscapes and sights. Mountains, rivers, and beautiful sub-tropical islands.
  2. The Relaxation: Slow life. Slow food. The simplicity and charm of real Japan. And onsens galore, especially outdoor ones!
  3. The Unique landscapes: Japan’s biggest inhabited caldera and largest and most beautiful grasslands.
  4. The Samurai links: Home to Japan’s most impenetrable castle and the resting place of its greatest swordsman Musashi Miyamoto.
  5. The Tastes: Delicious food, a great variety of fresh produce and the best water quality in Japan.
  6. The Space: Leave behind the crowds, hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto and step into the serene, lush, green and tranquil ‘inaka’ of the Japanese countryside.
  7. The Outdoors: Great selection of activities to try: from whitewater rafting to hiking, horse riding to canyoning and paragliding.
  8. The Culture: Fascinating historical sights stretching all the way back to Japan’s foundation myths.
  9. The Transport: Kumamoto’s central location and transport links makes it an ideal base for your trip.
  10. The People: The people make the place and you will find Kumamoto people and Kyushu people in general warm, open, friendly, sincere and very welcoming.