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[Kumamoto ]7 family-friendly attractions

[Kumamoto ]7 family-friendly attractions

2022-01-14 Management office

Kumamoto Prefecture has many attractive sightseeing spots, including Kumamoto Castle, where you can enjoy rich nature and interact with animals. In this issue, we would like to introduce some of the most energizing sightseeing spots recommended for families. Why not visit Kumamoto, the Land of Fire, with your family and recharge your body and soul?
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Kumamoto Castle

First, let us introduce Kumamoto Castle, the symbol of Kumamoto. The castle was built in 1607 by the famous general Kiyomasa Kato, and is one of the three most famous castles in Japan. 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake damaged important cultural buildings and stonewalls, and construction is steadily underway to fully restore the castle in 2038.

cTemple tower fully restored! Don't miss the exhibits that make full use of the latest technology!

Five years after the Kumamoto Earthquake, the castle keep has been fully restored, and the inside of the keep is open for tours as the third special exhibition from June 2021. On each floor of the castle tower, the history of Kumamoto Castle and the history of the city are introduced using the latest technology such as video and projection mapping, which is one of the highlights of the exhibition. From the top floor of the castle tower, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Kumamoto City and the Aso region, and you can even see a building with the popular character Kumamon on it, so be sure to look for it!

"Facility Information "
Name: Kumamoto Castle
Address: 1-1 Honmaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto-shi, 860-0002
Phone number: 096-223-5011 (Kumamoto Castle Operation Center)
Business hours: 9:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Admission: 800 yen for high school students and older / 300 yen for elementary and junior high school students / free for preschool children
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Kumamoto Castle, the symbol of Kumamoto, has been fully restored after five years since the Kumamoto Earthquake. The castle tower is now open to the public.
URL: https://castle.kumamoto-guide.jp/

Sakura-no-Baba Josaien

Next, we would like to introduce some popular sightseeing spots that should be visited in combination with Kumamoto Castle. "Sakura-no-Baba Josaien ( ") is an emotional area with the atmosphere of a castle town, a museum where you can learn about Kumamoto Castle, experience transforming into a town girl or ninja by wearing period costumes, and enjoy gourmet food and souvenirs. Enjoy the castle town at this sightseeing spot perfect for families!

Feel more familiar with Kumamoto Castle at the Kumamoto Castle Museum Wakuwakuza

"Kumamoto Castle Museum Wakuwakuza "is an interactive museum where visitors can experience Kumamoto Castle from the Edo period to before the disaster using VR, and also feel the conditions of the time when the castle was damaged by the Kumamoto Earthquake using projection mapping. In addition, visitors can also see the restoration work being done, and the current state of the castle is shown in real time via a live camera, making this facility a place where visitors can feel even closer to Kumamoto Castle.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Sakura-no-Baba Josaien
Address: 1-1 Ninomaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto City, 860-0008, Japan
Phone number: 096-288-5600 (Kumamoto Castle Museum Wakuwakuza)
Business hours: 9:00-17:30
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Regular holiday: 12/29~31
Admission: Adults 300 yen / Elementary/Junior high school students 100 yen, Combined ticket for Kumamoto Castle and Wakuwakuza: Adults 850 yen / Elementary/Junior high school students 300 yen
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Spaces and facilities: Experience spots where you can enjoy the history and culture of Kumamoto Castle and the castle town.
URL: http://www.sakuranobaba-johsaien.jp/

Kumamon Port Yatsushiro

Next, we will introduce a park where you can meet Kumamon, Kumamoto's most popular character. "Kumamon Port Yatsushiro "was completed in March 2020 at Yatsushiro Port, and was created as a base for receiving large cruise ships connecting Yatsushiro with the rest of the world. In addition to the bamboo grove path and Japanese garden that create a beautiful Japanese landscape of Kumamoto for the enjoyment of tourists from overseas, the park also features a souvenir store and food court area as a lively place open to the local community.

A SNS-worthy spot where you can meet the unique Kumamon

And most notably, you can meet 84 Kumamons at "KUMAMON Area ". Kumamon will greet you at every corner of the park. The 6-meter-long giant Kumamon and the Kumamon Chorus of 54 Kumamons are well worth seeing. Be sure to pay attention to the expressions of the Kumamons, which are full of individuality. Both children and adults will be healed at "Kumamon Port Yatsushiro ", which is also recommended as a social networking spot. There are a variety of Kumamon in the park, so please enjoy taking pictures with your favorite Kumamon.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Kumamon Port Yatsushiro
Address: 1-25, Minato-cho, Yatsushiro City, 866-0033, Japan
Tel: 096-333-2515 (Port and Harbor Division, Rivers and Harbors Bureau, Public Works Department, Kumamoto Prefecture)
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 (admission until 16:30)
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Closed: Weekdays and year-end and New Year holidays (open only on weekends and holidays)
I have to calculate: no material to enter the garden
No Smoking, No Eating: Total Smoking Ban
Space and Facilities: A base for receiving large cruise ships with a park where you can meet 84 unique Kumamon
URL: https://www.pref.kumamoto.jp/soshiki/108/102387.html#goriyou

Kusarigahama / Aso

A spectacular spot where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the majestic Aso Caldera, "Kusasenrigahama ". It is characterized by a large grassy plain and a large pond in the center of the hillside of Mount Eboshi, one of the five Aso peaks. Nakadake, which emits a powerful plume of smoke, and the natural beauty that stretches as far as the eye can see is breathtaking! The area is especially popular from May to October, when the grasslands are covered with a carpet of green, while the Miyama-kirishima (mountain laurel) blooms in pink from mid-May and the area is spectacular in winter when it is enveloped in a silvery white world.

How about a horseback riding experience with the majestic Mt.

The horses grazing in the meadow, which is about 1 kilometer in length, are a soothing sight. Why not try horseback riding as a memorable part of your family vacation? "At the Aso Kusasenri Horse Riding Club ", young children and beginners can enjoy horseback riding. The sight of the horses riding gracefully against the backdrop of the majestic Mt.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Aso Sasenri Jyoba Club (Aso Senri Horse Riding Club)
Address: 〒869-2232 1929 Chishui, Aso City
Phone number: 0967-34-1765
Hours of operation: 9:00-16:30
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Closed: December to February Closed: Open daily from early March except in bad weather
Budget: Course A (approx. 5 min.) 1,500 yen (per person) Course B (approx. 20 min.) 4,000 yen (per person) Course C (approx. 30 min.) 5,000 yen (per person)
Only with a child under 120cm, 2-person ride available A course: 2,500 yen - B course: 6,000 yen - C course: 8,000 yen
No Smoking, No Eating: Total Smoking Ban
Space and Facilities: Horse-drawn walks on Kusasenrigahama by staff members are available.
URL: http://aso-san.com/map/kusasenri/jyouba/

Aso Farmland

Three generations of parents and children can enjoy "Aso Farmland "is a theme park based on the concept of health, a rarity in the world, located in Minami Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture. Supervised by health experts, visitors can learn about and experience mental and physical health during their stay at this facility. "The Genki no Mori "with over 70 types of playground equipment helps children develop concentration and balance skills by using not only their bodies but also their minds at the same time. There is also the Fureai Animal Kingdom "where you can interact with capybaras, alpacas, and other healing animals ", making it a perfect sightseeing spot for families.

Stay at a domed hotel for a healthy mind and body

Also noteworthy are the dome-shaped accommodations scattered throughout the site. The round shape of the domes is cute and perfectly Instagram-worthy. There are also hot bath facilities that are good for your beauty and health, and will refresh your mind and body. The restaurant serves locally harvested pesticide-free vegetables, Kumamoto's famous red beef, and local cuisine, so you can enjoy Kumamoto's gourmet foods while taking good care of your health. "Visit Aso Farmland "for a healthy experience for mind and body for the whole family.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Aso Farmland (Aso Farmland)
Address: 5579-3 Haeyang, Minami Aso Village, Aso-gun, 〒869-1404
Phone number: 0967-67-2100
Business hours: Same as each facility
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Regular holiday: No mid-year break
Budget: Same as each facility
No Smoking, No Eating: Total Smoking Ban
Space and Facilities: Theme park based on the concept of health, supervised by health experts
URL: https://asofarmland.co.jp/

Aso Cadre Dominion

The well-known chimpanzee Pan lives in a petting zoo in Minami Aso. "Aso Cuddly Dominion "is the only zoo in Kyushu where you can hold and photograph baby bears and feed bears from around the world. There is also an area where visitors can interact with adorable dogs and cats, as well as a petting zoo with guinea pigs, parrots, and other small animals that are popular with children. Also, don't miss the entertainment show "Miyazawa Theater "by Miyazawa trainer and Puddin' Puddin' Puddin' Puddin', which takes place right in front of your eyes!

Let's go see Mr. Pan!

Pan, a retired chimpanzee from the show, is now living a relaxed life with his wife, Poco, at "Chimpanzee Learning Forest ". If you would like to see Pan living a relaxed life in an environment close to nature, please go and visit him.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Aso Cadre Dominion
Address: 2163 Kurokawa, Aso City, 869-2225
Phone number: 0967-34-2020
Office hours:Summer 9:30~17:00 / Winter 10:00~16:30
Please check our website for the latest information.
Closed: Wednesdays from December to February
Admission: Adults (high school students and older) 2,400 yen / Children (elementary and junior high school students) 1,300 yen / Infants (3 years and older) 700 yen / Animal shows are free
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: A petting zoo where you can meet Pan-kun and Pudding-chan, who are well-known on TV.
URL: https://www.cuddly.co.jp/index.html

dolphin watching

Finally, we would like to introduce a very special sightseeing spot in the Amakusa region that you should visit with your family. The waters near Tongshi Island, located at the northern end of Amakusa Shimojima in Kumamoto Prefecture, are home to wild southern bottlenose dolphins. The surrounding sea is rich in seafood, which serves as food for the dolphins, so you can see them throughout the year.

Local fishermen will guide you to the spot where the dolphins are, and you can watch the dynamic school of dolphins swimming from the boat. You will be impressed by the school of dolphins that appear before your eyes. If you are lucky, you may even be able to see the dolphins perform a spectacular jump. The sight of dolphins swimming in the ocean is sure to soothe your heart.

"Facility Information "
Facility Name: Dolphin Watching Reservation Center
Address: 〒863-2331 Amakusa City, Owariwa Town, 2463 Onikike Izaka
Phone number: 0969-32-1771
Hours: 10:00 - last sailing at 16:00
Please check the official website for the latest information.
Fixed rest day: Afternoon
Budget: Adults 3,000 yen (junior high school students and older) / Elementary school students 2,000 yen / Infants 1,000 yen
No Smoking, No Eating: Total Smoking Ban
Space and Facilities: A spot to enjoy wild dolphin watching from the boat
URL: https://www.iruka-watching.jp/


In this issue, we have introduced seven recommended sightseeing spots for families in Kumamoto Prefecture. All of them are spots where you can expect to be recharged with power, such as nature and animals. Please visit them with your family and create wonderful memories.

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