Located on the west coast of Kyushu, the most south-westerly of Japan’s four main islands, Kumamoto City is the capital of Kumamoto Prefecture, which covers an area considered the heartland of Kyushu – it was from here that the Hosokawa lords once ruled the whole island. Kumomoto has a spectacular coastline, tracts of forest and a lot of geothermic activity – Mt Aso is the most active volcano on the archipelago, there’s a geopark and plenty of onsen. Looking at these landscapes, it’s easy to see why the area is central to Japan’s creation myths – it was here that it is said the gods first descended to the earth. In Kumamoto City, make sure you visit Kumamoto Castle – it is considered one of the top three castles on the country. 

Kumamoto at a Glance

We all enjoy a good fact or two - here are a few useful ones about Kumamoto:

GMT +9
time difference
12 Hours
flight time
741 thousand
population
Mt Aso
famous landmark
Ikinari
Dango
local food
Autumn
best time to visit

Experience & Expertise

  • UK's leading Asia specialist
  • Over 20 years of customer satisfaction
  • Experts on touring to unique destinations
  • Outstanding tour guides
  • Offices in UK, Australia, New Zealand & China

Peace of Mind

  • Fully ABTA and ATOL protected
  • 24/7 Customer care
  • Fully escorted tours
  • Everythings included in the price
  • Visa service included

Don't just take our word for it

  • 5* Trip Advisor rating
  • Gold Award Feefo Accreditation
  • feefo reviews

Get Inspired

Immerse yourself in our latest travel stories and access exclusive offers

Relax, your data is safe with us

By subscribing to our newsletter you agree to receive emails with the latest offers and news from Wendy Wu Tours. You can unsubscribe to these at any time. Your information will not be shared with any organisation outside of Wendy Wu Tours Ltd. Read our full privacy policy.

See us featured in

BBC World News
The Telegraph
The Sunday Times
Lonely Planet
Wanderlust Magazine
National Geographic