Kumamoto City makes a great base due to its central location and good travel links. It is possible to travel outside the prefecture, taking a trip beyond Kumamoto to the well known spots of Kagoshima City, Fukuoka City or Nagasaki City by train.

Further off the beaten track why not take a day trip over the border to Unzen (Nagasaki Prefecture), Takachiho (Miyazaki Prefecture) or Izumi (Kagoshima Prefecture). Explore Kumamoto currently offers day trips to Takachiho from Kumamoto, find out more here.

If you are planning a trip through Kyushu and thinking about where to go after Kumamoto, how about visiting Yufuin or Beppu in Oita or heading south to the sunshine state of Miyazaki?

Just over the border into Miyazaki Prefecture, the romantic Takachiho Gorge winds its way through the sleepy town of Takachiho. The gorge was formed from
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The Kokonoe 'Yume' Otsurihashi 九重夢大吊橋 is Japan's largest pedestrian suspension bridge. The bridge offers marvellous views of one of Japan's top 100 waterfalls. The graceful span hangs and sometimes
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Lamune Onsen ラムネ温泉 Named after Japan's traditional fizzy drink Lamune or Ramune, this quirky soda pop spa is a hot spring that attracts onsen officianados and
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Ama No Yasukawara Cave From the Ama No Iwato Shrine take a 10-minute walk along the Iwato River, past many delicious looking icecream stalls,  descend a steepish
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The solemnly peaceful 1800 year old Takachiho Shrine is set in a wonderful grove of towering Japanese Cryptomeria trees, the oldest said to be over 1000
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Takachiho is not only famous for its gorge, it is also the creator of 'Nagashi Soumen' - 'flowing noodles' just about the most fun way
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The Chojabaru plateau is a lovely stopping off point on the Yamanami Highway midway between Aso and Yufuin in the midst of the Kuju mountains. Famed for
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The Kuju Flower Park offers stunning seasonal displays of flowers set against beautiful mountain scenery. The Kuju Flower Park, or Kuju Hana Kouen くじゅう花公園, offers seasonal displays
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Yanagawa - Four seasons of flowers In every season Yanagawa offers different flowers and foliage to view, in mid February the plum trees flower showing that spring
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