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Sword making at the Hands of a Master Swordsmith
Sword making at the Hands of a Master Swordsmith
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from: $22

【OUTLINE】 Sword making experience taught by a master swordsmith in Kumamoto 【HIGHLIGHTS】 ・Learn how to make katana (Japanese swords) from Genroku Matsunaga, one of the only three Swordsmiths in Kumamoto, who will explain and show the complicated process behind crafting traditional Japanese swords ・Speak directly with Matsunaga and learn about all the secrets and skills that go into making katana ・If you'd like, you will also get the chance to step into the shoes of the ancient Japanese samurai and try out these beautiful swords for yourself!

Rental cycle (e-bike)
Rental cycle (e-bike)
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from: $48

While enjoying the idyllic countryside, you can enjoy a refreshing water source. There are two cycling courses, “Aso Panorama Line South Course” for intermediate players who want to challenge the elevation and scenery. We also introduce photo spots and dining spots.

Aso Cycling and Farming Private Tour
Aso Cycling and Farming Private Tour
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from: $193

Jump straight into the life of the people living in the countryside surrounding Mt. Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan. At a small bicycle shop located 900 m above sea level, we will gear up for our adventures. We head out into the wide symbolic grass fields of Aso, a legacy of the areas deep culture. Through the tour, we will experience how the landscapes changes from fields to forests and small mountain villages. The bicycle lets us freely explore this amazing landscape. We will make one 3 hour stop during the trip to visit a local farmer. Only for this tour, they allow us to follow them into their fields where we harvest vegetables and learn about their organic farming. Together we make classic Japanese home cooking that utilizes locally produced food and ingredients of the season. Join us for a tour that allows for free exploration and interacting with locals and their culture. Be prepared for a day of new experiences in a part of Japan you have never seen before!

Traditional Hanawarabe Dinner Show in Kumamoto
Traditional Hanawarabe Dinner Show in Kumamoto
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from: $176

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.

Spring Water & Farming Tour in Aso
Spring Water & Farming Tour in Aso
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from: $193

This is a unique chance to experience life in rural Japan through a local's eyes. Access areas and meet people that would be impossible without the presence of the guide. Enjoy unique interaction while delving into true Japanese farm life. All while having your own private guide who is knowledgable and can explain about the history and nature that has turned this volcanic plateau into an agricultural paradise. But more than anything, this tour aims to be about interaction with locals. As a guide, I wish the meeting between visitors and locals to feel like me introducing friends to each other. The area around Mt. Aso is one of Japan's best-hidden treasures and this is your shortcut to experiencing it. True Japanese culture, food, hospitality, and much much more. Take a chance, step off the beaten track, and come join us for an amazing time in Aso!

Exploring Active Volcano’s Caldera by eBike
Exploring Active Volcano’s Caldera by eBike
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from: $217

[Exploring Active Volcano’s Caldera by eBike] Guided cycling tour to fully enjoy Aso’s rich nature and talking with local people [Highlights] - Climbing up a hill where you can look down the field at a glance and listening to the story about the volcano - Cycle around the rural landscapes and have an authentic lunch cooked with local vegetables. The secret of the deliciousness is pure water - Try baking rice cakes like balloons - Moving to a temple through back alley. Have Japanese tea in the tea room, strike a bell and feel Japanese culture. - Strolling around a shrine and shopping street and learning the locals’ lives with volcanoes. [Note] - Please come with casual clothes and shoes. Pants, sneakers and backpacks are recommended. Not wide pants or sandals. - Zazen experience and Sutra copying experience are available upon requests. (please ask) - Please let us know all travellers' intended addresses (hotel's name and address) and also if travellers have any food allergies and other religious dietary restrictions in advance.

A life of cultivation, Ueki
A life of cultivation, Ueki
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from: $133

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.

A Deep Look into Miyamoto Musashi and the Hosokawa Clan
A Deep Look into Miyamoto Musashi and the Hosokawa Clan's Way of Life
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from: $415

【OUTLINE】 Spend a day experiencing Kumamoto's samurai culture. Learn about the culture of the art-loving Hosokawa family and the spirit of Musashi Miyamoto, Japan's most powerful samurai. 【HIGHLIGHTS】 ・Experience Kumamoto's unique samurai culture that was originally developed to save people. ・Kumamoto Castle, the centerpiece of Kumamoto's samurai culture, will be explained from a cultural perspective. ・At Suizenji Seifuen, learn about the traditional teaching know as "art stopped war," a line of thinking that has been passed on into modern times. ・Learn about Miyamoto Musashi, Japan's most powerful samurai, and his spiritual commitment to "surviving as a samurai"

E-MTB cycling at the grasslands and over the mountain of Mt.Aso
E-MTB cycling at the grasslands and over the mountain of Mt.Aso
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from: $145

The tour starts from Aso Station, about 500 meters above sea level. If you've never used an electric bicycle before, don't worry, we'll practice how to operate it in the safety of our premises. Once you see the five mountains of Aso towering in the distance, it's time to start cycling. It takes about an hour to reach Hinoo-Toge (984m above sea level), enjoying the grassland scenery of the Aso Caldera. On the way, you may encounter animals such as cows and deer grazing on the grass. After crossing the pass, it is downhill to Takamori Station, the goal of the tour, stopping at old-fashioned farming villages and the national park visitor center along the way. Tea time with yogurt and sweets grown in the grasslands of Aso will be served.

Enjoy a walk, lunch, and tea time at the 2000 years old Teno Farm Village.
Enjoy a walk, lunch, and tea time at the 2000 years old Teno Farm Village.
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from: $145

We took a leisurely stroll through the village of Teno, which has a nostalgic, original Japanese landscape. After visiting Kokuzo Shrine, one of the oldest shrines in Kumamoto Prefecture and known as a power spot, you will be amazed at the size of the natural monument, the "Great Cedar of Teno. Then we will have a delicious lunch with a farmer. You never knew vegetables could taste so good! The farmers' food and smiles are truly a healing experience.

Pop Up Restaurant at Sekishokan
Pop Up Restaurant at Sekishokan
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from: $101

- You will enjoy dinner made with local food like famous prawns, Ashiaka-ebi prawns and Ishi-ebi prawns - The dishes are made by chef who owns a popular local restaurant in Ashikita, Kumamoto - It will be a special opportunity to have dinner at Sekishokan, it usually doesn't provide food

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 Let's go see Amakusa fish! Amakusa Uo market exploration! (With meals)
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from: $20

Amakusa with three fishing grounds: Ariake Sea, Yatsushiro Sea, Amakusa Pass (East China Sea). The abundance of fish species and the commitment of fishers to entering and leaving the fish do not lose any other local market! Guided tours of the “Delicious Aquarium” Hondono Market where you can see the lively shape of the fish you have eaten while traveling and the whole image. Guides that love the sea and fish in the Amakusa area will guide you through the market from a professional point of view, so you can double the enjoyment of dining while traveling!

Kumamoto Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
Kumamoto Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
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from: $101

This value-packed trip with a nationally-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 Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Half-day Samurai City Sightseeing in Kumamoto by Tram
Half-day Samurai City Sightseeing in Kumamoto by Tram
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from: $87

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.

Aso All Must-Sees Private Chauffeur Sightseeing Tour - English Speaking Driver
Aso All Must-Sees Private Chauffeur Sightseeing Tour - English Speaking Driver
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from: $141

For a more efficient way to explore Aso of Kumamoto, take a private taxi on a one-day tour! Your tour driver will customize your three-hours tour according to your interests. Drive into the heart of Kumamoto's "Land of Fire" the volcanic caldera of Aso provides visitors with a fulfilling sense of peace and serenity. Embark on scenic drives, gorgeous hikes, and bathe in volcanic hot springs, all while surrounded by untouched natural beauty. Let us know what you would like to experience, what time you would like to start your tour, and where you are staying. Your driver will customize a 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.

Kumamoto Samurai Experience Tour (4-Hour Charter Plan)
Kumamoto Samurai Experience Tour (4-Hour Charter Plan)
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from: $217

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.

Aso Caldera and Farm Experience Tour
Aso Caldera and Farm Experience Tour
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from: $121

This private tour starts off with you and your English-speaking guide heading to the highest point of the north caldera wall. Here we enjoy the jaw-dropping sight of the five peaks of Mt. Aso and the huge volcanic caldera. After getting a feel for the landscape of Aso we head to one of the small communities that exist in the vicinity of this huge volcano. Here we will explore the true Japanese countryside and meet some of the locals who live here. With their help, we will learn about life and culture in rural Japan, harvest vegetables, cook food, and enjoy a lunch together made from locally sourced ingredients! A true hands-on Japanese farm-to-table experience! This is a half-day tour that gives you the best of two worlds! The amazing scenery of Japan's largest active volcano, but also interaction with local culture! Come and enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes and heartwarming hospitality that Japan has to offer!

Higo Zogan - Samurai Beauty
Higo Zogan - Samurai Beauty
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from: $38

【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.

Experience Zen meditation or sutra copying, and enjoy vegetarian food with monk
Experience Zen meditation or sutra copying, and enjoy vegetarian food with monk
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from: $121

Gokuraku Zenji is one of the seven temples that protect the Aso Shrine, and has a history of over 450 years. You will spend a luxurious time to purify your mind and body with zazen meditation, where you empty your mind and just sit and look at yourself, and with healthy vegetarian food made with seasonal ingredients and care for the people who eat it. Although this is a famous temple with a long history, the monk will guide you very carefully, so even those who are not good at sitting on the floor or who have never experienced Zen meditation before can participate with ease. In addition, the vegetarian food, made with plenty of local ingredients, is a gem in appearance, taste, and volume. If sitting on the floor is not for you, you can also sit on a chair.

Cultural Food Experience in Kumamoto, Shinmachi and Furumachi Private Tour
Cultural Food Experience in Kumamoto, Shinmachi and Furumachi Private Tour
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from: $72

Shinmachi and Furumachi, located between Kumamoto Station and Kumamoto Castle, are castle towns built by Kiyomasa Kato when he built Kumamoto Castle about 400 years ago. In this tour, we will focus on Kumamoto's unique food culture based on the history and traditions rooted in the lives of its people, and visit some of the best local spots recommended by the locals. We will visit long-established bakeries, nostalgic candy stores, popular coffee shops that have been attracting a lot of attention lately, and even spots where you can enjoy a quick drink at a corner bar. At the end of the tour, we will have a special experience to enjoy Kumamoto's delicious gourmet food and local sake together at a local gathering spot. Why don't you join us for a very satisfying town walk that will fill your stomach and your heart?

The Final Years of Miyamoto Musashi
The Final Years of Miyamoto Musashi
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from: $34

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.

Meihodo - A secret Samurai Complex in the Aso Countryside
Meihodo - A secret Samurai Complex in the Aso Countryside
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from: $214

【OUTLINE】 You can learn Bushido surrounded by the fertile nature of Aso. 【HIGHLIGHTS】 ・Experience samurai culture while basking the grandeur of nature in this one-of-a-kind, authentic zen and budo compound, built for dedicated study of the samurai arts ・Learn from an expert well-versed in bushido, the code of honor developed by Japanese samura ・Put yourself in the shoes of a samurai and meditate peacefully, attend a Japanese tea ceremony, or even try swinging a Japanese katana.

3 days in Aso to experience the nature and people
3 days in Aso to experience the nature and people's lives of the active volcano
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from: $1,449

This is a three-day program to learn about the origins of the Aso Caldera and feel the awe of nature of the people living in the caldera. You will be able to fully enjoy the natural attractions of the Aso Caldera, which is recognized as Aso-Kujyu National Park and a Global UNESCO Geopark. We will also introduce you to the unique volcanic beliefs nurtured in Aso, the skills of the artisans, the lifestyle of the farmers, and other attractions of Aso that only a few people know about.

Swordsman Miyamoto Musashi Tour
Swordsman Miyamoto Musashi Tour
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from: $185

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.

Kumamoto Samurai Culture Tour
Kumamoto Samurai Culture Tour
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from: $517

【OUTLINE】 Spend an entire day exploring the arts of Kumamoto's samurai culture, which has continued to grow and develop through the present day. 【HIGHLIGHTS】 ・Make the crest of the Hosokawa Clan using a traditional method called Higo Zogan metal inlay. ・Meet one of Kumamoto's three remaining swordsmiths, learn about the trade, and even try swinging the smith's hammer yourself. ・Visit Reigan Cave, where Miyamoto Musashi spent his final years. ・Visit the Shimada Museum of Arts, where you'll find numerous works by Miyamoto Musashi.

Kumamoto Tasting Tour: Sushi Restaurant, Izakaya and Bar
Kumamoto Tasting Tour: Sushi Restaurant, Izakaya and Bar
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from: $101

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.

Ashikita Utase Sailing Ship Lunch
Ashikita Utase Sailing Ship Lunch
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from: $55

Fishing by Utase sailing ship is tradition of Ashikita, Kumamoto, Japan. Ashikita is located in southern part of Kumamoto, Kyushu. It started around 400 years ago at the Setouchi sea and was introduced to Ashikita around 1870. It is really beautiful when the ship opens the white sails on the sea. Ashiaka-ebi prawn and Ishi-ebi prawn are caught by the ship and they are famous from Ashikita, Kumamoto. You will listen to the story told by fisherman/woman and enjoy a special lunch box full of fisherman's dishes on the ship.

3-Days experience to feel the nature of Aso
3-Days experience to feel the nature of Aso
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from: $1,771

In the field of Aso, one of the world's largest calderas and a national park, you will participate in a variety of activities for three days to refresh your mind and body. Travel by car is kept to a minimum. We will use low-environmental-impact E-MTBs, horses, and your own feet to give you a solid feel for the nature and lifestyle of the Aso caldera. You can also enjoy wellness time with activities such as yoga and zazen. In addition, you will cleanse your body from the inside out by taking a bath in the free-flowing hot springs and eating healthy meals, mainly made with fresh vegetables.

Kumamoto and Suizenji Ezu Lake Private Cycling Tour
Kumamoto and Suizenji Ezu Lake Private Cycling Tour
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from: $117

Kumamoto is surrounded by one of the world's largest calderas, Mt. Aso, and the Ariake Sea, and is the largest underground water city in Japan, with 100% of its citizens' water supply coming from natural groundwater. The quality of the water is so good that it is called "mineral water" when you turn on the tap. The Suizenji and Lake Ezu area is a place of relaxation for the citizens of Kumamoto, where they can fully enjoy the blessed water resources of which Kumamoto is so proud. The trees and various flowers that change their appearance from season to season are beautiful, and the chirping of wild birds and the gentle murmur of the river soothes the hearts of visitors. In this tour, we will take you to the best spots to enjoy the nature of Kumamoto. You will be amazed at the beautiful view of Lake Ezu that spreads out all around you.

Charms of Kumamoto and its Rich Nature Private Walking Tour
Charms of Kumamoto and its Rich Nature Private Walking Tour
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from: $93

Here's an must-see tour plan for a very satisfying day in Kumamoto, one of the best tourist destinations in Kyushu! Kumamoto is known as the "City of Forest / the City of Water," and its rich natural environment and abundant water resources formed by the active volcano of Mt. Aso are its major attractions. Kumamoto is also known for its historical spots such as Kumamoto Castle, temples and shrines. One of the best things about sightseeing in Kumamoto is that you can taste the unique traditions and food culture that have been born and passed down in this historical area surrounded by nature. This tour will take you to the central of Kumamoto, where you can efficiently visit the must-see spots and enjoy the unique charm of Kumamoto. History, nature, food, tradition, and scenery are all included in this tour, and it is highly recommended for first-time visitors to Kumamoto. The 7 hours will fly by! This tour will surely make you a big fan of Kumamoto.

Walking through the Aso Caldera, Historical Walk along the "Bungo Kaido"
Walking through the Aso Caldera, Historical Walk along the "Bungo Kaido"
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from: $81

Aso's knowledgeable guides will take you on an easy-to-understand and enjoyable tour of the Aso Caldera from its birth to the present, from the perspectives of volcanoes, geology, history, culture, and beliefs. By walking down the stone-folded path that descends the northern outer rim of the mountain and entering the caldera on your own, you can really feel the size of the caldera, one of the largest in the world. You can also enjoy spots related to the history, culture, and beliefs of Aso, where people have lived in the caldera for over 2,000 years. On the way, we will have a tea time with yogurt and sweets grown in the grasslands of Aso.

Kumamoto Lake, Kumamoto City Tour by Bicycle
Kumamoto Lake, Kumamoto City Tour by Bicycle
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from: $95

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. This tour promotes Eco-friendly efforts as stated under Sunrise Tours' Sustainable Development Goals.

Traditional Japanese Drum Class with a Respected Noh Performer
Traditional Japanese Drum Class with a Respected Noh Performer
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from: $59

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!

Rural Forestry Tour in Aso Minamioguni
Rural Forestry Tour in Aso Minamioguni
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from: $217

This is a unique chance to experience life in rural Japan through a local's eyes. Access areas and meet people that would be impossible without the presence of the guide. Enjoy unique interaction while delving into true Japanese forestry culture. Be mesmerized by the beautiful and unique landscape, born through a long history of living in symbiosis with the mountains and planting cedar trees. All while having your own private guide who is knowledgable and can explain the history of not only the area but the Japanese forestry. But more than anything, this tour aims to be about interaction with locals. As a guide, I wish the meeting between visitors and locals to feel like me introducing friends to each other. The area around Mt. Aso is one of Japan's best-hidden treasures and this is your shortcut to experiencing it. True Japanese culture, food, hospitality, and much much more. Take a chance, step off the beaten track, and come join us for an amazing time in Aso!

Shrine Experience in Japanese Wear
Shrine Experience in Japanese Wear
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from: $156

Take a guided tour around Kumamoto Suizenji Garden, one of Japan's most famous gardens. At Kokindenju no Ma, from where the garden can be viewed at its most beautiful, enjoy some matcha green tea made with rich underground water as well as Japanese sweets. Guides and assistants conduct health checks, and wear face masks throughout the tour. Infection countermeasures are in place at tour destinations. This tour promotes Eco-friendly efforts and Cross-cultural Understanding as stated under Sunrise Tours' Sustainable Development Goals.

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: $128

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.

Kumamoto Custom Full Day Tour
Kumamoto Custom Full Day Tour
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from: $213

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.

"Aka beef barbecue" to enjoy in the superb view of Aso
"Aka beef barbecue" to enjoy in the superb view of Aso
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from: $54

● Enjoy the "Aka Beef BBQ" exquisite by Aka beef farmers ● Let's enjoy the blessings of nature raised in Aso in the open, magnificent view of Aso. ・You can enjoy the Aka beef barbecue, which is a special product of Aso, at the superb view spot of Aso, which is normally off-limits. ・A red beef farmer who manages this ranch and breeds red beef selects and cooks the meat. (*Cooking, if the schedule fits) ・The proceeds of the product will be used for activities such as field burning to protect the grasslands of Aso. ・You can also enjoy gorgeous aerial walks of Aso seen from the drone operated by the farmer wearing goggles.

Kumamoto Custom Half Day Tour
Kumamoto Custom Half Day Tour
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from: $122

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.

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: $54

【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.

Private Half-Day Walking Food Tour in Hitoyoshi
Private Half-Day Walking Food Tour in Hitoyoshi
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from: $89

Hitoyoshi is a small city in southern Kyushu. It is not the most accessible city in Kyushu, taking several hours from the major cities of Kumamoto and Kagoshima, but it has its unique charm. It is called the Little Kyoto of Kyushu. Hitoyoshi is a castle town where various industries prospered, such as knife smiths with 800 years of history and Kuma Shochu. Surrounded by mountainous terrain, 75% of the city's area is covered with forests, and the Kuma River, the largest river in the prefecture, flows through the city, boasting a rich natural environment. Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries, such as rice cultivation and other agriculture, and fishery, especially river fishery, have been operated in harmony with nature. Hitoyoshi's unique food culture has been handed down from generation to generation because of its history surrounded by nature. That is the real appeal of Hitoyoshi.

Visit to the Aso Shrine and Walk Around the Active Volcano Mt. Aso
Visit to the Aso Shrine and Walk Around the Active Volcano Mt. Aso
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from: $145

After a special visit to the historic Aso Shrine, which has a history of more than 2000 years, we recommend visiting the quaint town of Monzenmachi, where many stores are lined up, and visiting the water fountains and eating Aso sweets. Finally, we will visit the top of Mount Aso, where you can feel the breath of the earth. After making a special visit to the main shrine of Aso Shrine at the foot of the mountain, you will feel very grateful when you go to the top of Aso and look at the crater, which is the sacred body of the mountain.

Private Tour - Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Satoyama. Kuma River Cycling Tour
Private Tour - Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Satoyama. Kuma River Cycling Tour
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from: $76

The Hitoyoshi city in Kumamoto Prefecture is surrounded by mountains on all sides, separating it from the rest of the country. The Kuma River, which flows through the mountains, is a symbol of the region and has been selected as one of Japan's 100 most beautiful sights and one of Japan's 25 most beautiful places. However, the Kuma River is one of the three largest rapids in Japan and has historically been plagued by flooding. The geographical conditions along the Kuma River have allowed the people to embrace all aspects of nature and to weave their history and culture. This tour will take you to Hitoyoshi City and Kuma Village, crossing the Kuma River by electric bicycles, to experience the life of the local people living in harmony with the natural environment! This is a great way to enjoy cycling in a secluded rural area of southern Kyushu, with spectacular views of the mountains and rivers.

Private Traditional Culture Experience Tour in Kawashiri, Kumamoto
Private Traditional Culture Experience Tour in Kawashiri, Kumamoto
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from: $97

Do you know the town of Kawashiri, where Kumamoto's culture and traditions are deeply rooted with peaceful nature spreads out? In this tour, you can see, hear, and experience the professional skills of Kawashiri craftsmen while deepening your interaction with them. The crafts and artisans you can experience change daily, so you will have to wait until the day of the tour to find out what you will experience! In this town, wagashi makers are taking the lead in revitalizing the area. Therefore, you can find the perfect sweets for you, whether it's a beautiful, artistic raw confectionary or something more familiar to Japanese people. You can also take photos with the spacious countryside, or enjoy the blissful time of savoring local sake and sweets along the river, and so on. Anyway, these are just a few of the many experiences you can enjoy on a private tour! Why don't you visit a secret side of Kumamoto?

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: $138

【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 Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
Kumamoto Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
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from: $81

This value-packed trip with a nationally-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 Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

Kumamoto After Dark: Drinking like a local!
Kumamoto After Dark: Drinking like a local!
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from: $105

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.

Wedding Photo Shooting in the Private Cruiser Just for You Two in Amakusa
Wedding Photo Shooting in the Private Cruiser Just for You Two in Amakusa
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from: $4,748

【OUTLINE】 This plan offers a wedding photo session taking a private cruiser reserved just for the happy couple. You can have your splendid photos taken with the beautiful sea of Amakusa in the background that will become a lifelong memory for you. While staying in a Suite Room, you can enjoy luxurious cuisine with plenty of seafood and visit popular tourist spots. Have a special time for you two to fully enjoy the nature of Japan with the hospitality of the professional staff. (3 days and 2 nights) 【HIGHTLIGHT】 ・Wedding photo shooting at several locations in Amakusa with 200 cats and a heart-shaped tree, and a chapel overlooking the ocean, etc. ・Stay at the suite named 'tenshi-no-hashigo' or "the ladder of the angel" in Hotel Rryugu. A private cruiser is reserved just for you. ・Grilled dish or the original Japanese cuisine for dinner both using fresh seafood from Amakusa, and a popular buffet is chosen for breakfast

Gorgeous Kimono Rental & Suizenji Park Ticket
Gorgeous Kimono Rental & Suizenji Park Ticket
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from: $30

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.

Private Tour - A walking tour of Hitoyoshi, a castle town with 700 years history
Private Tour - A walking tour of Hitoyoshi, a castle town with 700 years history
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from: $76

Hitoyoshi, located in the southern part of Kumamoto Pref., is surrounded by the Kyushu Mountains and rich nature with the Kuma River, one of the three largest rapids rivers in Japan. You can enjoy highly original sightseeing experiences such as Kuma Shochu and river cruising, as well as strolling through the streets of the town known as Kyushu's Little Kyoto. In this plan, we will introduce the history and culture of Hitoyoshi while visiting its muse-see sightseeing spots. After taking this tour, you will surely be captivated by the charms of Hitoyoshi.

About Kumamoto Prefecture


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