Featuring Kyushu Island's lush, volcanic terrain and sub-tropical climate, Kumamoto blends stunning natural attributes with intriguing culture and historic attractions.
Kumamoto is deeply proud of its greatest landmark, the 400-year-old Kumamoto Castle, which the city radiates. The hilltop Takeda Castle Town is another historical site of note, now just ruins but breathtaking nonetheless, earning the nickname "Japan's Machu Picchu". Nature-lovers also find plenty to be captivated by in Kumamoto, whether it's gorges, waterfalls, flower gardens or volcanoes on the itinerary. For those with time, Mount Aso
- an hour and 40 minutes from Kumamoto - is a popular destination. Its vast caldera measures upwards of 75 miles and its central cone comprises five different peaks, an irresistible draw for the hiking enthusiast.