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Misumi is a small port at the tip of peninsula southwest of Kumamoto city in Kyushu. It is known as the Gateway to Amakusa Islands.
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Reigando Cave Miyamoto Musashi
Reigando Cave in Kumamoto, Kyushu is where the famous Edo Period swordsman Miyamoto Musashi retired to write his classic Book of Five Rings.
The village of Takamori is on Kyushu island. It's at the foot of Mount Aso, an active volcano in Kumamoto prefecture, located southwest of the huge caldera.
In the south-west of Kumamoto prefecture, the small mountain village of Kuma, with its striking natural beauty, takes you for a day or a weekend both underground and on the water. !
This mountain village, southeast of the mighty Mount Aso, is known for Japanese legends and its beautiful ravines.
At the heart of Kyushu, the volcanic massif offers snowy peaks, spas, wild landscapes and ancient traditions.
Former residence of high-ranking samurai, Hosokawa Gyôbu-tei, in the Kumamoto Castle park, lets us relive the lives of aristocrats in the Edo period.
Yatsushiro Castle in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture was one of two castles that was allowed in Kumamoto domain during the Edo Period of Japanese history.
Hitoyoshi Castle: read a guide to Hitoyoshi Castle in Kumamoto Prefecture, was occupied continuously by the same clan, the Sagara, for almost 700 years.
Kumamoto Castle Honmaru Goten
Kumamoto Castle Honmaru Goten: read a guide to the restored Kumamoto Castle Honmaru Goten, the palace quarters of the feudal lord of Kumamoto.
Kumamoto Artpolis is an innovative urban planning and architecture project in Kumamoto, Kyushu that has garnered a lot of international interest.
Izumi Shrine Kumamoto Suizenji
Located within Suizenji Garden in Kumamoto is Izumi Shrine, dedicated to the former Hosokawa feudal lords of the region.
Takachiho Guide Miyazaki
Takachiho: read a guide to the beautiful gorge of Takachiho in Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu famous for its connections with ancient Japanese myth.
Gokanosho: read a travel guide to Gokanosho in the mountains of Kyushu, refuge of the legendary Heike clan.
Takachiho Gorge: read a guide to the spectacular Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu.
Mount Aso Caldera Guide
Aso Caldera: read a guide to the Aso Caldera in Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu, the world's largest active caldera with many hot springs.
Kurokawa Onsen Kumamoto Prefecture
Kurokawa Onsen has grown in popularity over the last ten years and despite its reasonably out-of-the-way location, it is best to spend a night here to sample the special atmosphere in the early mor
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