36 days in Kumamoto Prefecture Itinerary

36 days in Kumamoto Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kumamoto Prefecture travel planner

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Make it your trip
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Kumamoto
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kamiamakusa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Amakusa
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hitoyoshi
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Yamato-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Minamioguni-machi
— 6 nights
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Kumamoto

— 7 nights
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kumamoto Castle and Shimada Museum of Arts. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kumamotojoinari Shrine and Catholic Tetori Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Kumamoto: Yamaga (Yamaga Lanterns Folk Crafts Museum, Yatani Valley, &more), Mifune Dinosaur Museum (in Mifune-machi) and Uto (Okoshiki Beach & Michi-no-Eki Uto Marina). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takahashi Inari Shrine, don't miss a visit to Sakuranobaba Johsaien, examine the collection at Kumamoto Prefectual Traditional Crafts Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Lafcadio Hearn House.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kumamoto trip planning website.

Toronto, Canada to Kumamoto is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Kumamoto. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in February, with highs in Kumamoto at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kamiamakusa.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Kamiamakusa

— 5 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Yatsushiro Castle Remains and Matsunaka Nobuhiko Sports Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Sendantodoro Falls and Mizushima. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kamiamakusa: Yatsushiro (Gokanosho, Momigi Suspension Bridge, &more).

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kamiamakusa day trip planning app.

You can drive from Kumamoto to Kamiamakusa in 1.5 hours. In February in Kamiamakusa, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Amakusa.

Things to do in Kamiamakusa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Amakusa

— 6 nights
Do some cultural sightseeing at Goshoura Cretaceous Museum and Gion-bashi Bridge. Sakitsu Catholic Church and Hondo Suwa Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Explore Amakusa's surroundings by going to Cherry Blossom Trees along Yunoko Beach Road (in Minamata) and Reihoku-machi (Tomioka Castle, Tomioka Marine Park, &more).

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Amakusa trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kamiamakusa to Amakusa takes an hour. In February in Amakusa, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hitoyoshi.

Things to do in Amakusa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Hitoyoshi

— 5 nights
Hitoyoshi is a city in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. Let the collections at Hitoyoshi Rail Museum Mozoca Station 868 and Hitoyoshijo Castle History Museum capture your imagination. Hitoyoshi Castle Ruins and Fudanotsuji Meoto Ebisu Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hitoyoshi: Kyusendo Limestone Cave (in Kuma-mura) and Ashikita-machi (Shiroishi Station & Ashikita Seaside Comprehensive Park). There's much more to do: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, don't miss a visit to Yatakegoe, steep yourself in history at The House of Japanese Samurai in Olden Times- Bukekura, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikokuji.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hitoyoshi online trip maker.

Getting from Amakusa to Hitoyoshi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February in Hitoyoshi, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yamato-cho.

Things to do in Hitoyoshi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Yamato-cho

— 4 nights
Popular historic sites such as Heitate Shrine and Tsujun Bridge are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Gorogataki Waterfall and Nihonichi no Sekidan. Change things up with these side-trips from Yamato-cho: Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine (in Takamori-machi) and Minamiaso-mura (Shirakawa Springs, Aso Highland Museum Park, &more).

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamato-cho road trip website.

You can drive from Hitoyoshi to Yamato-cho in 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Minamioguni-machi.

Things to do in Yamato-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Minamioguni-machi

— 6 nights
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kuninomiyatsuko Shrine and Kohagiyama Inari Shrine. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aso Panorama Line and Aso Mizuki Meguri. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minamioguni-machi: Aso (Thermal Spas, Komezuka, &more) and Ogi Rice Terraces (in Ubuyama-mura).

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Minamioguni-machi online tour planner.

Drive from Yamato-cho to Minamioguni-machi in 2 hours. In March in Minamioguni-machi, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. You will leave for home on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Minamioguni-machi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kumamoto Prefecture travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Kumamoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.HistoryHistorically, the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".

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