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KUMAMOTO

Main city in the central region of Kyushu

Kumamoto City, with a population of 730,000, is the main city in the central region of Kyushu. There are many tourist attractions, including the magnificent Kumamoto Castle, which is one of the Three Great Castles of Japan, Suizenji Park, Mount Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan with one of the largest calderas in the world, and many hot springs.

Kumamoto is famous for unique local dishes, and its specialty is horse meat dishes. Other unique dishes are karashi renkon (deep fried lotus root covered with mustard paste), Kumamoto-born taipien, which is Chinese soup with harusame (thin noodles made from mung bean starch and water), and Kumamoto ramen with thick white tonkotsu soup and garlic. Take your time to enjoy the tastes of Kumamoto.

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Aso-no-Noyaki Scores of fires over 3m high can be seen in the plains at Aso. The vast field is maintained by "noy... Kusa-senri The huge beautiful plain, 1 km in diameter, is located on the Mount Kijima-dake crater. Komezuka Komezuka is a 954 m hill. It was a volcanic hill and the summit sags downwards. There is a legend t... Mount Naka-dake Crater Mount Naka-dake was shaped more than 20,000 years ago and was active until just recently. Its magni... Aso Mountain Ranges Five mountains - Mount Naka-dake, Mount Taka-dake, Mount Neko-dake, Mount Kijima-dake and Mount Ebo... Natsume Soseki Uchitsub... Natsume Soseki (author, 1867-1916) arrived at Go-ko (now Kumamoto University) as an English teacher... Suizenji Joju-en Suizenji Joju-en was home to a tea ceremony room constructed during the 3 generations of Hosokawa f... Kumamoto Prefectural Mu... The massive building in the castle site permanently displays Hosokawa family treasures. Naga-bei This long, straight wall runs along Tsuboi River in front of Kumamoto City Hall. It is 242 m long a... Old Hosokawa Gyobu-tei ... This is the residence of Hosokawa Gyobu's family, the chief retainer of the clan. It is 990 square ... Stone walls It is said that the most attractive features of the castle are its stone walls. The walls were buil... Castle Keeps and Turret... The remaining two keeps were reconstructed in 1960. Ichi-no-Tenshu (the first keep) is home to prop... Kumamoto Castle Kumamoto Castle is a symbol of Kumamoto and is one of the three major castles in Japan. It was firs... Natsume Soseki Uchitsub... Natsume Soseki (author, 1867-1916) arrived at Go-ko (now Kumamoto University) as an English teacher... Suizenji Joju-en Suizenji Joju-en was home to a tea ceremony room constructed during the 3 generations of Hosokawa f... Old Hosokawa Gyobu-tei ... This is the residence of Hosokawa Gyobu's family, the chief retainer of the clan. It is 990 square ... Kumamoto Castle Kumamoto Castle is a symbol of Kumamoto and is one of the three major castles in Japan. It was firs...

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