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August 27, 2015 - Southern Kyushu: Kumamoto Castle

I visited the prefectures of Kagoshima, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki in a week-long vacation to Southern Kyushu. From Kagoshima Prefecture's Kirishima Onsen area, we took a day to drive to Takachiho in Miyazaki, detouring slightly into Kumamoto Prefecture to visit the famous Kumamoto Castle (....and to buy my postcards.)

We parked at a paid parking lot then walked to a post office to buy my postcards, then headed back to the castle, passing by this cute Inari Shrine on the way. Inari Shrines are my absolute favorite in Japan; I was definitely cursing myself for forgetting my calligraphy book this trip, especially with how many shrines and temples we ended up visiting! Grrrrr.

From here we entered one of the numerous gates around the castle complex and made our way up to the castle proper.

It was a hot day, so it was a bit of a sweaty climb, but we made it to the top! Entering the castle from here, it was slightly air-conditioned, which was very nice.

Inside the castle is a museum of various objects. I took a peak around, but didn't stay long in each area, instead heading right up to the top where I knew there'd be a nice breeze and view!

After basking in the breeze a bit and taking photos, we headed back down and out to visit the Honmaru Goten reconstruction.

There wasn't a whole lot of English, but most things were pretty self-explanitory.

I liked this view the best!

After finishing up around the castle, we headed to Sakuranobaba Josaien, a complex of restaurants and souvenir shops right next to the castle near the Hazekata gate.

We found a horse meat restaurant and had some great traditional style food, including karashi renkon, a lotus root filled with a paste of spicy mustard and miso. It was good, but it will clear your sinuses if you're not careful! Then again, if you've got a cold this is the food I most recommend for you!

After this, we continued the drive past Mt. Aso (which we unfortunately couldn't visit) to Takachiho in Miyazaki Prefecture.

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List of Posts:
2016/04/24 - Mitsuhiko Imamori Paper Cut Works Exhibit in Takasaki
2015/11/19 - Shiobara Onsen, Tochigi
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Miyazaki City
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Nichinan Coast and Cape Toi
2015/08/30 - Southern Kyushu: Takachiho, Miyazaki
2015/08/27 - Southern Kyushu: Kumamoto Castle
2015/08/25 - Southern Kyushu: Ibusuki and Kirishima
2015/08/24 - Southern Kyushu: Kagoshima City, Kagoshima
2015/08/03 - Tambara Lavender Park
2015/07/13 - Event: Eco Edo Nihonbashi Art Aquarium
2015/05/01 - Kanna-machi Koi-no-Bori Festival
2015/05/01 - Wisteria Festival in Fujioka
2014/11/15 - Sakurayama Koen: Fall Colors and Winter-blooming Cherry Blossoms
2014/11/15 - Ueno-mura Sky Bridge and Fall Colors
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 1: Gifu City and Gujo Caves
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 2: Gujo City and Shirakawa-go
2014/08/22 - Gifu Road Trip Part 3: Hida Takayama
2014/07/02 - Rainy Season around Tokyo: Hydrangea Flowers
2014/05/27 - Road Trip: Yamadera, Yamagata
2014/05/26 - Road Trip: Yonezawa, Yamagata
2014/05/19 - Roadtrip Fukushima's Ouchijuku
2014/05/16 - Roadtrip: Aizu-Wakamatsu
2014/04/30 - Climbing Gunma's Mt. Myogi
2014/03/09 - Flower Weekend 2: Tokyo Report
2014/03/09 - Flower Weekend 1: Gunma Plums
2013/10/30 - Onioshidashi Koen and Mt. Asama Part 1
2013/10/30 - Onioshidashi Koen and Mt. Asama Part 2
2013/10/30 - Cosmos and Mt. Myogi
2013/10/01 - Fall Flowers: Higanbana
2012/12/01 - Winter Cherry Blossoms at Joumine Kouen
2012/11/18 - Annual Coco Harvest Festival
2012/11/11 - Ueno Cat cafe ''Nekomaru''
2012/11/10 - Tokyo Design Festa vol.36 at Odaiba
2012/11/04 - Utsunomiya, Tochigi Gyoza Festival