Spending time in Kumamoto・Sightseeing
Enjoying your Kumamoto sightseeing
A trip that touches on the history of Kumamoto with Kumamoto Castle at it’s center
This city is where Kumamoto Castle, built by Kiyomasa Kato, the former daimyo of the Kumamoto domain and one of the experts behind the construction of The Three Famous Castles of Japan in the Warring States period, once flourished at its center. You are able to come into contact with that history anywhere you go inside the city. For sightseeing downtown, the arcade streets at the base of Kumamoto Castle, “Kami-Dori”, “Shimo-Dori”, and “Shinshi-gai” are highly recommended. There are also the street cars (City Trams) running inside the city which provide access to the central district, are extremely convenient, and can be ridden at a lost-cost flat-fee.
How to spend your first day
Welcome to Hokke Club Kumamoto!
Relaxation time at the hotel
Unwind and stretch your legs in a large bath and be healed from the sightseeing and fatigue of the day.
There is no higher luxury than the relaxing personal time of soaking your entire body in the calming, warm waters!
- Operating hours
- Men & Women
Evening: 16：00～25：00 / Morning: 06：00～9：00
How to spend your second day
After the Battle of Sekigahara, it took around 7 years for the castle to be completed by Kiyomasa Kato, and it is known for its complex, solid structure that uses moats and stone walls. In the Edo period, it was the castle of the Kumamoto domain’s Hosokawa clan, and was also the battlefield of the Satsuma Rebellion. It is sometimes called the “Gingko Castle”.
■Approximately 19 minute walk / 9 minutes by car from the hotel
Sakura no Baba Josaien
You can watch a play or experience some other fun at one of the establishments that provided for sightseeing activites such as Wakuwaku-za that is filled with excitement or Sakura no Komichi where exquisite food and souvenirs from across the prefecture are gathered. A General Tourism Desk is also available.
■ Approximately 13 minute walk / 5 minutes by car from the hotel
Kumamoto Prefectural Art Musuem
A “comprehensive art museum” that covers western & eastern art from the past and present. Visit the Eisei Bunko Museum Collection which is on permanent display and was inherited from the collection of Hosokawa clan, the former head of the Kumamoto domain. There is also the Kumamoto Castle Ninomaru Park, and a lobby and cafe where you can view Kumamoto Castle.
■ Approximately 22 minute walk / 6 minutes by car from the hotel
Kumamoto Castle Inari Shrine
In 1588, this shrine was recommended by Kiyomasa Kato to enter the country and continues to affectionately by called “Shirohige-san”. There is also the event called “fukumairi”, where visitors come to pray on day of the Hatsuuma Grand Festival every February, and it is crowded with many parishioners every year.
■ Approximately 17 minute walk / 8 minutes by car from the hotel
Suizenji Ezuko Park
This migrant garden is influenced by Momoyama and stretches to around 73,000m. You can enjoy a walk and see Tsukiyama, the miniature Mt. Fuji at the center of the pond created by water from Mt. Aso bursting up from underground, the partially submerged stones, pines, and other scenery that is said to be modeled after the wood-block print of the fifty-three stations on the Tōkaidō highway.
■ Approximately 20 minutes by car / 28 minutes by train from the hotel
Enshrining Kiyomasa Kato, this shrine was established as Nishikiyama Shrine in 1871 between inner Kumamoto Castle and the Uto turret, and was moved to the Kyomachi neighborhood within Kumamoto city in 1874 and to its current location in 1962. Every July there is the Lord Kiyomasa Festival that harkens back to Kumamoto summers of old.
■ Approximately 10 minutes by car / 12 minutes by train from the hotel
Korantei Kami-Dori Pavilion Store
A dish local to Kumamoto, this shop is well-established and known as the birthplace of Taipien. The vermicelli, made 100% from mung beans, has a simple while yet deep flavor, and blends well together with the other pork and chicken bone soup, vegetables, seafood, and pork ingredients to produce a delicious taste.
■ Approximately 17 minute walk / 9 minutes by car from the hotel
Umazakura Kumamoto Ginza Dori Store
This shop specializes in Kumamoto’s famous local product, horse meat dishes. Savor the taste of creative dishes including horse sashimi shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, and also rare cuts using exceptionally fresh, domestic meat. The store also has window-side seating at the counter so it is easy for even just one person to dine-in.
■ Approximately 12 minute walk / 7 minutes by car from the hotel
Ganso Mori Karashirenkon
This is the long-standing shop that serves the taste of Kumamoto, karashirenkon. Handmade using traditional methods passed down since the Edo period, the karashirenkon has just the right amount of spice and a crisp texture that sublime. Enjoy as is or together with condiments like soy sauce or mayonaise.
■ Approximately 10 minute walk / 5 minutes by car from the hotel