Kumamoto Castle Honmaru Palace nice castle and has a huge park. go at opening time 830am to avoid the crowd.
Aso is where I stayed. Close to the vulcano in the caldera. A car would have been better to explore the area.
The vulcano area was banned due to the outbreak a month ago, so hiking was not possible. A bus tour from the aso station (10:10 departure) will bring you up to the vulcano, aso-shrine and daikanbo. This is an alternative, for a day trip.
Great shopping and dining around the city centre but also lots of good dining on the approach roads. A visit to Mount Aso is a must, hire a car for more flexibility.
Several big shopping centres outside the city with cheaper prices that the city centre.
Just go sight seeing & experiencing the culture of the city. Some shopping will be alright & tasting the local foods.
Kumamoto is the focal point in which you would be able to visit other places using the shikansen. Tske advantage of the Kyushu Rail Pass and visit places like Nagasaki, Beppu, Aso and Fukuoka.
stayed in Kumamoto for 3 nights and find it insufficient. too big and many nice places to roam. the place is absolutely clean and safe to travel.
transport system is also great.
The tram is the best way to get around. The food is good. Also very good choice of shops. A visit to Kumamoto Castle and Suizenji park is a must.
The downtown is not that big but we were very relax and felt very comfortable when travel there. We enjoyed our stay there!
The mascot Kumamon is very cute and we have enjoyed visiting strolling in the Suizenji park and also some of the nice food.
Kumamoto is hot during the day, so its best to visit and go sightseeing during the cooler seasons or night time.
nice place to visit, but not too many tourist spot to visit. I think if we go to Aso Volcanos, we have to visit Kumamoto
I was only in Kumamoto for 2 days but I would have liked to stay longer because there is a lot to do just on the outside of the city like hiking and other nature attractions.
The food in the city is delicious and there is a lot of good shopping. Kumamoto is a great place to visit.
It is a nice place in combining shopping malls, technologies (audio), food and tradition Japanese culture.
The place is clean, people is nice, transportation is easy to assess, most of the things are good to my first visit.
Kumamoto is a clean, pleasant, safe city, with plenty of shops and restaurants. It has a very good, cheap public transport system which we found easy to use.
We easily found good, well-priced restaurants each night. Our favourite was Hunk & Betty, which has an English menu, friendly staff, and great food. We visited Kumamoto Castle, Suizenji Garden and Hosokawa Mansion, all of which we really enjoyed. Suizenji Garden is particularly beautiful. The castle is well worth a visit, with plenty to see and do, but there are lots of staircases and seemingly no access facilities, so some people may wish to give it a miss. Also, young children may not enjoy these places so much. Kumamoto is also only an hour away from Mt. Aso, which is well worth a trip, with a beautiful and unusual landscape and amazing views. I think children would enjoy exploring the landscape and learning about the volcanoes, though small children would probably find it quite arduous.
The city Is very quiet at nite unless you go to the tourist area. Overall the city is very comfortable.
We went there in August which was really hot to stay outdoor. We believe that travelling during March to May will be better.
Kumamoto is definitely a must in a Kyushu itinerary as it has the most beautiful castle and Mount Aso nearby.
We're disappointed with the legendary hospitality the Japanese have been credited with. The male reception staff at the hotel were not helpful at all when we tried to check in and they did not have a room available due to over-booking.
They did not double-check or even help us look for alternative hotel. For two ladies late at night, it was a traumatic experience. Kumamoto and Dormy Inn were - for us - tainted by a bad memory.
relaxing place to visit compared to big cities in japan, yet you can still find all you need in the centre area.
love the people there. very friendly and helpful even we can't communicate with our own languages.
Nice town with friendly people. There are enough restaurants en stores for shopping and eating. The lights at night are lovely and we took a lot of photo's
Places of visit: Kumamoto castle Food: Horse cuisine is excellent; Tips: one should choose the best restaurant dedicated for horse cuisine to ensure the quality of the horse meat.