Great Access from Fukuoka! Top 5 Popular Scenic Spots in Kyushu’s Kumamoto Region
Kumamoto, on the island of Kyushu, is a region that is surrounded by rich nature. Offering great access from Fukuoka, this area is filled with must-see sightseeing spots. This article will feature five carefully selected picturesque spots that you have to check out in Kumamoto.
1. Mt. Aso
First on the list is Mt. Aso, which is a famous active volcano that serves as a symbol of Kumamoto. With a maximum altitude of 1,592m, this mountain boasts being the largest caldera in the world. Aside from the numerous villages and hot spring resorts at the crater basin, it is also blessed with abundant sightseeing resources, centering on the grand volcano landscape. From the Daikanbo (Daikan Peak), which is a viewing spot offering a panoramic view of the cluster of volcanoes of Aso, you will also get to see a sea of clouds early in the morning if you are lucky.
Next on the list is Kusasenri-ga-hama, one of the central volcanic cones in Mt. Aso. The vast pasture is a grazing land for horses and cattle, creating an idyllic landscape. This spot is known as an extremely beautiful and picturesque spot, with such features as Nakadake (Mt. Naka) that emits smoke towering as the backdrop, and scenery that is reflected in the massive pond in the center. This is the representative landscape of Aso, which is packed with a lot of tourists on horseback or walking throughout the year.
3. Nabegataki Falls
With a height of 10m and width of 20m, Nabegataki is a famous waterfall that is said to have been formed by a huge volcanic eruption about 90,000 years ago. There is a path that extends to the back of this waterfall, so you can appreciate the waterfall from the back. The water that falls looks like a curtain. The green trees visible in between the water, together with the sun filtering through the trees create a very refreshing and beautiful view.
4. Amakusa Matsushima
Located in the northern part of Amakusa Islands on the southwestern portion of Kumamoto, Amakusa Matsushima is a group of more than 30 islands scattered between Oyano Island and Amakusa-kami Island. It got its name from the fact that it looks like Matsushima in Miyagi, which is known as one of the three most scenic spots in Japan. In particular, it is highly regarded for the wonderful view from Mt. Sengan and Mt. Takabuto in Matsushima area. The scenery is also extremely gorgeous at night. Now, there are pleasure boats operating in this area, so make sure to check out this spot.
Sample pleasure boat
Amakusa Gokyo Meguri Yuransen (Pearl Line Tour) fare: Adult: 1,500 JPY, Child: 700 JPY
The last spot on the list is Gokanosho, which is known as one of the most secluded areas in Kyushu. Surrounded by 1,300m – 1,700m high mountains, this area is famous as a picturesque spot with beautiful views of fresh verdure and autumn foliage. Even in terms of sightseeing spots, it is overflowing with must-see places, such as the thrilling suspension bridge and famous waterfalls with a thundering sound of streaming water that echoes. Another recommended spot is the Gokanosho Heike no Sato that is lined with private houses built with kayabuki yane (thatched roof). This area is the legendary place where the clan of the high-ranking feudal warlord Taira no Kiyomori (1118 -1181) retreated to and went into hiding after they lost a battle, so it has the kind of atmosphere that will make you think about that bygone era.
Gokanosho no Heike no Sato admission fee: Adult: 410 JPY, Child: 200 JPY
Kumamoto is home to many fascinating and beautiful spots, as well as offering a lot of exquisite dishes that will whet your appetite. You have to come visit!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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