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Kumamoto is a pleasant castle town which has its place in Kyushu's turbulent history as the island's major government stronghold during the Shogun period.

Suizenji gardens, KumamotoWith two of Kyushu’s most famous sights — the castle and the stroll garden — Kumamoto is a good place to stop in its own right as well as being an excellent base for exploring central Kyushu.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Kumamoto

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Kumamoto, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Kumamoto

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Kumamoto, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Kumamoto at its best.

    • Gardens of Japan
      Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa

      Gardens of Japan

      Gardens of Japan

      From Kenrokuen’s venerated views to gardens hidden deep in the countryside, specialist Amanda recommends her preferred gardens to visit in Japan. She also explains what makes Japan’s gardens so interesting and why gardening is an important national art form.

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