Places you can enjoy with your children, click on the links below to find out more:

The Tomioka Castle was built in 1602 on the Tomioka Peninsula on the western reaches of Amakusa Shimoshima. The castle nicknamed the 'Lying Dragon Castle'
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If you are travelling with kids, particularly older ones, sometimes you have to have a break from the shrines and temples and do something that
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Amakusa Dolphin Watching In the beautiful blue sea between the Shimabara peninsula and the northern point of the Amakusa Shimoshima Island there lives a pod of
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The Yamaga Lantern Craft Museum,  灯籠民芸館, introduces the history and culture of the traditional craft of paper lantern making. This rare and extraodinarily delicate paperwork
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Kumamoto castle suffered severe damage in the earthquakes of April 14th and 16th, it is currently closed to visitors. The mighty and impenetrable Kumamoto Castle
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All the world's a stage is the theme behind this wonderful tour taking in the top cultural and natural sights of the north Kumamoto region. First
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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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Upper Ezu Lake is just 30 minutes from the heart of the city and 10 minutes walk from Suizenji Park. It's a wonderful place to
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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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Decorated Tumulus Museum You may be wondering what exactly a decorated tumulus is! If so,  read on and find out why you should visit the Decorated Tumulus
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SItuated within an easy walk of the castle, the Kumamoto Traditional Crafts Center (Kumamoto Kougeikan) celebrates and promotes Kumamoto's unique range of traditional crafts. The crafts you
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Kumamon If you visit Kumamoto you will not fail to see a certain black bear with rosy red cheeks on everything from the buses to
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Very sadly one of my favorite spots in Aso, the Laputa Road Viewpoint was badly damaged in the earthquakes of April 2016 and can no
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Samurai Swords Tour - Wield a katana and watch a master swordsmith at work This tour offers you experiences which you would find it very hard to
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Experience the  old town of Yamaga in the traditional way with a handpulled rickshaw ride. The 20 minute course costs 1500 Yen per person. Maximum
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Kokuzo Shrine Tucked away in the shade of the caldera wall in the hamlet of Teno you will find the Kokuzo Shrine 国造神社. Situated only
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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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Kumamoto City Tours with Explore Kumamoto The Kumamoto City Tour allows you to see all the main sights of Kumamoto City in a day, including
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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 Healing Forest Kikuchi Valley, known as Kikuchi Keikoku 菊地渓谷 in Japanese is renowned as one of Japan's 44 'Shinrin Yoku' or 'Forest Bathing' sites.
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Sakuranobaba Jousaien This recently opened Edo style tourist spot close to the castle is based on a facsimile of a traditional castle town area. (Unfortunately Kumamoto lost
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You may be an old hand at onsens but have you ever had a cave bath? The Ryokan Yamanoyado Shinmeikan in Kurokawa has carved its
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Ideventure - take a thrilling and peaceful ride down the rice farming irrigation canals of Kikuchi. What is it? Ideventure is a great summer activity and it's unique
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Shirakawa Source Also known as the Shirakawa Suigen 白川水源 in Japanese, this is the most well-known of a cluster of mineral water springs that bubble up in the southern
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The Kumamoto Zoo and Botanical Gardens are situated on the eastern edge of the city on the edge of the beautiful Ezu Lake. If you are
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Aso shrine fire festival
Blazing torches light the sky and in the darkness a multitude of flaming reed straw ropes are swung around in an exciting spectacle to welcome the kami
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Due to the Kumamoto earthquakes the Aso Volcano Museum is currently closed until further notice. Located at Kusasenri, Mount Aso's vast green plateau. The Aso Volcano
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An oasis just a few km from the  heart of the city, Ezu Lake (江津湖 Ezuko)  is a natural lake fed by the underground springs Kumamoto
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If you are visiting Kurokawa Onsen, Aso or just a fan of waterfalls put the Nabegataki Falls high on your list to see. Only recently discovered as
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Kurokawa Onsen and Aso Day Trip Why take a tour?  Both Kurokawa and Aso are on many peoples list of places to visit in Kyushu,
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This is the tour for onsen lovers everywhere! Why take a tour?  Simply because now you don't have to book an expensive ryokan to enjoy one
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Japanese cuisine is famous worldwide, so why not try cooking in  Kumamoto; you can pick up some Japanese cooking techniques, meet the locals and experience making some
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The World Heritage Manda Pit, also known as the  Manda Kou in Japanese, is part of the Miike Coal Mine, which was once the largest coal
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With its extensive white sands and crystal-clear emerald-green sea, the completely unspoilt Mogushi Beach is a rarity in Japan. It is one of the most beautiful natural
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Suizenji Gardens Also known as Suizenji Jojuen Park, these beautiful gardens are situated in the east of the city, a 15 minute tram ride from the
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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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The town of Yamaga is situated an hour's drive north of Kumamoto City. In its heyday, over a hundred years ago, Yamaga was a prosperous, bustling agricultural town
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What is it? Oshitoishi has the reputation of a powerspot, situated on a hill on the pyroclastic flow above the northern caldera wall of Aso. On top of
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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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The Kikuchi castle ruins are an archaeological site stretching over 150 hectares on a hillside overlooking the town of Kikuchi. The site is the location
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Ikeyama Springs Of all the springs I've visited in the Aso area, the Ikeyama Springs one has the biggest wow factor. Possibly because I visited in early
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Kusasenri The view of Kusasenri is one of the iconic scenes of Kumamoto; a vast emerald green grassland plateau with peacefully grazing cows and horses reflected in the still
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Daikanbo The name given to the prime viewpoint of Aso, from here dramatic 360 degree views reveal the panoramic expanse of the whole caldera and
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The title Mount Aso Volcano is a little misleading as the whole central mountain range within the Aso caldera is comprised of volcanos, fortunately only
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