How to go from Fukuoka to Kumamoto ?
With a Japan Rail Pass
Let's discover the journey between Fukuoka and Kumanoto !
Travel with the Kyushu shinkansen
0 KM - HAKATA station (FUKUOKA)29 KM - 0H13 - SHIN-TOSU Station
51 km - 0H27 - CHIKUGO-FUNAGOYA station
90 km - 0H39 - SHIN-TAMANA station
118 km - 0H40 - KUMAMOTO station
This is the highlight of the town and consists of a lot of different buildings spread out over a large area. Unfortunately the original building was burnt in battle at the end of the 19th century and this is a modern replica. There are great walls and moats that give you a sense of the time and energy it tookto build this castle and even an underground passage to nearby buildings.
Due to April 2016 earthquake, the castle may be closed to the public for a long time. Visitors can still admire the castle from the outside, where volunteer guides provide information on the progress of the site.
FORMER HOSOKAWA RESIDENCE
If you want to know what it was like to be a high-ranking samurai and live in luxury, make a visit to this villa, which has been restored to the height of its glory and is located in the large Kumamoto Castle Park.
Open daily except December 29 to 31, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., ¥300.
A garden built to recreate the 53 stops on the old Tokaido post route from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto, in miniature. There is a very good representation of Mt. Fuji, though you may not get near it due to the tour groups having the obligatory photo taken there.
Open daily, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., ¥400.
4-39-31 Kasuga, Kumamoto, 860-0047 / Tel : 09-6352-7860
NIKKO HOTEL KUMAMOTO ホテル日航熊本 A luxury hotel located in the centre of the city, within a walkable distance from Kumamoto Castle. 15 minutes by tram from JR Kumamoto Station.
2-1 Kamitori-cho, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto, 860-8536
Tel : 09-6211-1111 / link to the website
This popular restaurant is just outside of Kumamoto Castle. They serve a local Kumamoto, Chinese-inspired dish called Taipien. From the Kumamotojostreet car station, go east (opposite Kumamoto Castle), take the first left.
Open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Tel : 09-6352-7177 / www.kourantei.com
Link to Google map.
TOFU KISSHO とうふ吉祥
An inexpensive, but plentiful set lunch of tofu prepared in many different ways, on your way to or from Kurokawa Onsen. Located east of the Kurokawa Onsen bus stop, just before the post office, on the opposite side of the road.
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Fridays / Tel : 09-6744-0659