Kumamoto Tours & Attractions

Kumamoto Half-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide
Kumamoto Half-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide
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from: $89

This value-packed trip with a government-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Kumamoto! Kumamoto, located on Kyushu island in southern Japan, strikes a perfect balance between a bustling city fringed by tranquil countryside. The center of the city features its greatest landmark, Kumamoto-jo castle, but a tempting collection of restaurants, bars and shops can also be found nearby. Let us know what you would like to experience, and your guide will arrange a four-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Swordsman Miyamoto Musashi Tour
Swordsman Miyamoto Musashi Tour
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from: $170

This tour takes a deep dive into the life of Miyamoto Musashi, a legendary swordsman said to have been undefeated in 60 duels! The meditation experience will be held in the cave where Musashi retreated and wrote about swordsmanship and martial arts in general in The Book of Five Rings. Visit the grave where Miyamoto Musashi is said to have been buried. Tour around an art museum where several items related to this famous swordsman, such as his swords and portraits, are on display.

Learn the Higo Ko-ryu of Naginata style of fighting samurai
Learn the Higo Ko-ryu of Naginata style of fighting samurai
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from: $49

【OUTLINE】 This is an authentic naginata lesson from the 16th head of the Higo Ko-ryu, Kumamoto's original style of naginata martial arts. 【HIGHLIGHTS】 ・Learn the Higo Ko-ryu style of naginata from the instructor who inherited the school. ・Discover the "samurai spirit" from the core of ancient martial arts. ・Learn the authentic philosophy and movements behind a unique, modest martial art.

Half-Day Guided Tour of Kumamoto Castle with Accessory Making
Half-Day Guided Tour of Kumamoto Castle with Accessory Making
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from: $127

【OUTLINE】 Visit Kumamoto Castle, the most popular tourist spot in town, and its surroundings which cannot be easily accessible without a local English-speaking guide. Not only that, but you will also have the chance to create a unique accessory using a traditional metal inlaying technique utilized in samurai swords! 【HIGHLIGHTS】 ・Learn about the history and features of Kumamoto Castle. ・Experience the decoration techniques that have been used since that time for the "artistic" characteristic of Kumamoto samurai. ・Enjoy using the local craft technique for samurai swords, called "inlay", to create your very own accessory. ・Visit the backstreets and enjoy the rich history that remains around Kumamoto Castle with a local guide.

Kumamoto Custom Half Day Tour
Kumamoto Custom Half Day Tour
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from: $102

This private and customizable tour for Kumamoto is perfect for guests who would like to have their own itinerary planned based on their interests and preferences, allowing guests to experience the city at their own pace.

Kumamoto Custom Full Day Tour
Kumamoto Custom Full Day Tour
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from: $177

This private and customizable tour for Kumamoto is perfect for guests who would like to have their own itinerary planned based on their interests and preferences, allowing guests to experience the city at their own pace.

Kumamoto Full-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide
Kumamoto Full-Day Private Tour with Government-Licensed Guide
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from: $111

This value-packed trip with a government-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Kumamoto! Kumamoto, located on Kyushu island in southern Japan, strikes a perfect balance between a bustling city fringed by tranquil countryside. The center of the city features its greatest landmark, Kumamoto-jo castle, but a tempting collection of restaurants, bars and shops can also be found nearby. Let us know what you would like to experience, and your guide will arrange a six-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Gorgeous Kimono Rental & Suizenji Park Ticket
Gorgeous Kimono Rental & Suizenji Park Ticket
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from: $27

Get dolled up, try on a gorgeous kimono, and stroll around the popular and beautiful Suizenji Park! Founded in 1692, this traditional garden is renowned for its beautiful selection of miniature Japanese landmarks scattered throughout the park. HIGHLIGHTS: Enjoy kimono rental in front of the beautiful Japanese garden Suizenji Jojuen. Get dressed up by a qualified, professional kimono dresser. Stroll around the garden as well as Kumamoto Castle in kimono as this is the whole day rental! The plan is a great value since this covers not only kimono rental and dressing, but even the Suizenji Park admission ticket, in-store photoshoot, socks, traditional purse, and a Kumamon (the city’s loved mascot) fan.

Kumamoto After Dark: Drinking like a local!
Kumamoto After Dark: Drinking like a local!
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from: $97

One of the symbols of Kumamoto is the large shopping arcade that runs from north to south through the city. This arcade is at its liveliest at nighttime when it overflows with crowds of people enjoying drinks. The countless drinking establishments lining the alleys create an alluring atmosphere, and the already friendly locals become more cheerful than ever. If you really want to enjoy Kumamoto, you absolutely must experience its rich nightlife. Fully enjoy the nightlife of Kumamoto, Japan's most welcoming city.

Kumamoto Tasting Tour: Sushi Restaurant, Izakaya and Bar
Kumamoto Tasting Tour: Sushi Restaurant, Izakaya and Bar
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from: $92

Kumamoto is a treasure trove fostered by nature’s blessings such as clean underground water, the Aso mountains, and the Amakusa Sea. Look forward to tasting exceptionally fresh sushi made with seafood caught from Ariake Sea and Amakusa-Nada Sea. Enjoy Izakaya experience at the popular Izakaya, a Japanese-style pub. After some recommended food and drink are served, the National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter will explain how people usually spend time at an izakaya the Japanese way. Customers will be guided to a hidden bar. Customers will be given a gourmet map that shows information on Kumamoto City’s restaurants, souvenir shops, and accommodation facilities.

Kumamoto Samurai Experience Tour (4-Hour Charter Plan)
Kumamoto Samurai Experience Tour (4-Hour Charter Plan)
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from: $199

This tour lets customers learn about the Japanese spirit in Kumamoto, where the samurai history and tradition from a few hundred years ago remains palpable. This is limited to 1 group (2-4 people) per day. The tour is guided by a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter in a charter vehicle.

Traditional Hanawarabe Dinner Show in Kumamoto
Traditional Hanawarabe Dinner Show in Kumamoto
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from: $162

This is a plan to enjoy a relaxing dinner at a Japanese restaurant near Kumamoto Castle while watching a dance performance by 'Hanawarabe.' Guests can enjoy dinner in a convenient location just a 5-minute walk from Kumamoto Castle. Enjoy the local cuisine that is said to have been eaten by the lords of the Edo period (1603-1868) at a Japanese restaurant with an over 70-year history. Watch 'Hanawarabe,' dance performance by children in Kumamoto.

Kumamoto Lake, Kumamoto City Tour by Bicycle
Kumamoto Lake, Kumamoto City Tour by Bicycle
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from: $87

Take a guided tour around Suizenji Ezuko Park, a symbol of Kumamoto, the "Land of Water"! On this tour, go cycling around Lake Ezu and experience the precious underground water Kumamoto takes pride in.Only Sunrise Tours offers a tour via rental bicycle around Lake Ezu!Take a moment to appreciate the rich spring water closely tied to the locals' way of life, and the unique nature fostered by this spring water. Enjoy the tour with guidance from a local guide explaining Lake Ezu's nature and Kumamoto's history. The tour ends at the approach to Kumamoto Suizenji Garden. After the tour, feel free to enjoy shopping for Kumamoto souvenirs and trying some local food. Guides and assistants conduct health checks, and wear face masks throughout the tour. Infection countermeasures are in place at tour destinations.

A life of cultivation, Ueki
A life of cultivation, Ueki
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from: $122

While Ueki supports Japan's food supply with modern agricultural operations, the region is also home to many small rustic and old-fashioned villages where time seems to have stopped, making it the perfect area to experience Japan's good old countryside. Visit homes and fields maintained by local farmers, harvest seasonal fruits and vegetables, and enjoy the producing region's unique way of preparing and eating ingredients and dishes. Become one of the locals for a day and enjoy their way of life in Ueki, Kumamoto's top agricultural area.

Half-day Samurai City Sightseeing in Kumamoto by Tram
Half-day Samurai City Sightseeing in Kumamoto by Tram
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from: $80

Take a tour around a little castle town that retains the history and tradition of samurai from several hundred years ago. At Suizenji Park, look forward to sipping some matcha green tea in a traditional cultural building with a front view of the beautiful stroll-style garden. Take advantage of this time when scenes from behind the stone walls and astonishing restoration methods on Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan’s most famous castles, can be seen.

Traditional Japanese Drum Class with a Respected Noh Performer
Traditional Japanese Drum Class with a Respected Noh Performer
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from: $54

Undergo the invaluable experience of learning the traditional Japanese drum from a performer of Noh, an intangible cultural treasure. You will learn how to play the traditional Japanese drum from a respected Noh performer. Enjoy not only learning how to play the drum but also learning about its origins and history. Also play the instrument with a song sung by the Noh performer at the end of the lesson!

Higo Zogan - Samurai Beauty
Higo Zogan - Samurai Beauty
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from: $34

【OUTLINE】 Using the ancient technique Higo Zogan, engrave the art-loving feudal lord Hosokawa's family crest into a sword's handguard. 【HIGHLIGHTS】 ・Try your hand at the classical art of Higo Zogan, a style of metal inlaying used to decorate the swords and scabbards of the Kumamoto samurai. ・Hear the rich history of Higo Zogan and the painstaking detail that goes into each piece from Yuji Osumi, a master of the craft. ・Learn how to engrave the ancient Hosokawa family's kuyou signature crest into a tsuba, the handguard of a katana.

The Final Years of Miyamoto Musashi
The Final Years of Miyamoto Musashi
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from: $30

OUTLINE Visit Reigando cave, where the strongest samurai Miyamoto Musashi spent his final years. Stroll around the cave with priests, then enjoy a soothing meditation experience in this symbolic cave. Afterward, you will get to look at and even touch the sword Miyamoto's apprentice used back in ancient Japan. HIGHLIGHTS ・Reigando Cave is where Miyamoto Musashi, one of Japan's most legendary swordsmen, spent the final years of his life. ・The head priest of a nearby temple will guide you to Reigando and lead you in a meditation session within the mystical cave. ・See up-close a real 300-year-old samurai sword used by a pupil of Musashi not available for viewing by the general public.

Undergo a Samurai Experience & Learn About Miyamoto Musashi in Kumamoto
Undergo a Samurai Experience & Learn About Miyamoto Musashi in Kumamoto
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from: $118

The world-famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi is the strongest in Japan, and he is said to have never been defeated. He spent his later years in Kumamoto and wrote the “Book of Five Rings” in a cave called Reigan-do in Kumamoto City. He created his own swordsmanship style known as Niten Ichiryu. More about Miyamoto Musashi: (1) He was a samurai that pursued the arts. He thought that improving artistic ability was important for polishing swordsmanship, and created various works of art. He channeled his creativity through ink paintings and tsuba (metal fittings attached to the sword) and some of them are stored at the Shimada Museum of Art in Kumamoto City. (2) He mastered his swordsmanship to protect the house and the lord. As the times shifted from the Sengoku period (1467 – 1615), the era of war, to the Edo period (1603 – 1868), when peace was sought, he tried not only to win but to protect. This kind of swordsmanship and spirituality are inherited as Iaido.

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