Explore all of the best sightseeing sites and the central Kumamoto
As a local tour guide, I would like you to visit as many interesting places as possible based on your interests. I am sure you want to visit the most popular sites such as Kumamoto Castle and Suizenji Jojuen. Although Kumamoto Castle was damaged by the recent quake, it stands out and I can take you to the lookouts which boast the good view of the castle ground with towers. If you are interested in celebrated swordsman Musashi Miyamoto, I will take you to Reigando where he spent his final days in writing "Book of Five Rings. " If you like to try local specialties or find something nice for souvenirs, I will take you to the kind of restaurants or shops which you would enjoy. If you would like to experience Japanice culture e. g. , tea ceremony or calligraphy, such arrangements are also possible during your trip. I assure you will have a fabulous day in Kumamoto!
First I will take you to the lookout located on 14th floor of Kumamoto City Hall.
Then, you will visit Wakuwaku-za (museum/theater) in Josaien for a short entertaining theater production, utilizing a lot of animations and multimedia technology to explain the castle's history.
Finally, you will explore the castle ground walking along the moats which surround the main ground which is currently closed for reconstruction.
If you are interested in local crafts, you may want to visit Kumamoto Prefectural Craft Center after the castle tour.
Suizenji Jojuen Park
Lunch (will find a restaurant based on your preference. )
Here are interesting places or activities among which you may choose:
1. Fivehundred Disciples of Buddha and Reigando where Musashi Miyamoto spent his last days and Orchard Farm (fruits picking experiendepending
2. Ruins of Taishoji Temple (family temple of the local feudal lord)
3. Calligraphy or tea ceremony experience (depending on your interest and availability of the master of each field)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at Kumamoto St. or your hotel (time to be discussed).
End location: I will take you back to Kumamoto St., your hotel, or a shopping arcade.
Duration: 7 hours
my lunch cost
my admission fees
Estimated Local Cash Needed
1000 JY - Local payments include admission fees and tram fare for the itinerary.
1. Your lunch
2. If you choose to visit Reigando Cave, a taxi fare and admission fee of about JY6,000 will be incurred.
3. If you want a calligraphy or tea ceremony experience, an additional cost will be incurred.
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Ikue K. created a custom itinerary from the Kumamoto tour booked as our ship docked late. She is a delightful host who treated my family with care and courtesy. We hiked Yatsushiro Castle - Edo Period (1603-1868), toured shoyu and soju manufacturing plants, saw a haunted home, visited Hitoyoshi Ryokan Inn for 5-star lunch, furo bath, Aoi Aso Shrine (青井阿蘇神社) then a scenic drive back. I highly recommend Ikue for her gracious hospitality and historical knowledge.