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How to travel between Kumamoto and Tokyo

By train

Tokyo and Kumamoto are connected with each other by the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen. One transfer of trains is required along the way, typically at Shin-Osaka or Hakata Station. The one way trip takes about six hours and costs around 26,000 yen. Japan Rail Pass holders will require an additional hour, because they cannot use the faster Nozomi and Mizuho trains, and have to use Hikari and Sakura trains instead.

By air

JAL, ANA, Solaseed Air and Jetstar Japan operate frequent flights between Tokyo and Kumamoto. All airlines fly out of Haneda Airport except Jetstar which uses Narita Airport. Flight duration is about 100 minutes. The regular one way fares by JAL and ANA are around 44,000 yen, but discount tickets are usually available for between 15,000 and 27,000 yen. The fares by Solaseed Air are roughly 10 percent lower than the ones of JAL and ANA, while the fares by Jetstar are even cheaper. Peach Aviation is scheduled to start flying between Narita Airport and Kumamoto from March 29, 2020 with fares similar to those of Jetstar Japan.

Kumamoto Airport is located a 40 minute bus ride from Sakuramachi Bus Terminal in the city center (730 yen one way) or 50 minutes from Kumamoto Station (800 yen one way). Many rental car outlets are located at Kumamoto Airport.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

The city's main station, Kumamoto Station, is located about two kilometers southwest of the city center. Local trains from Fukuoka also stop at Kami-Kumamoto Station, one station north of Kumamoto Station. Both stations are about a 10 minute tram ride from the city center.

Kumamoto is served by two tram lines and buses. Trams cost a flat 170 yen per ride and provide convenient access from Kumamoto Station and Kami-Kumamoto Station to the city center and most tourist attractions. The local Denden Nimoca IC card, as well as Suica, Icoca and eight other IC card types can be used on the trams and buses in Kumamoto.

Most city bus and highway bus lines terminate at Sakuramachi Bus Terminal in the city center. A one-day pass for unlimited use of trams and city buses in central Kumamoto is available for 700 yen, while a one-day pass for just the trams costs 500 yen. Both passes include discounts on admission to some of Kumamoto's main attractions.

The JR Hohi Line, which connects Kumamoto with Aso and Beppu, can be useful to access eastern parts of Kumamoto City, including Suizenji Garden.

Kumamoto Airport is located about 20 kilometers east of central Kumamoto. It can be reached by buses in about 40 minutes from Kumamoto Sakuramachi Bus Terminal (730 yen one way) or about 50 minutes from Kumamoto Station (800 yen).

Hotels around Kumamoto

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    • Minshuku Hiroshimaya
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Kumamoto, an 40-minute walk from Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei, Hiroshimaya provides air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi. Located around 2.2 km from Kumamoto Castle, the guest house is also 5 km away from Suizenji Park. The property is 800 metres from Shimada Museum of Art. Guest rooms at the guest house are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The shared bathroom is fitted with a shower and free toiletries. Kumamoto City Museum is 1.5 km from Hiroshimaya, while Former Residence of Natsume Soseki is 2.3 km away. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 16 km from the property.
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    • Dyeing and Hostel Nakashimaya - Female Only
      Budget-friendly
      Only a 2-minute walk from Senbabashi Train Station, Dyeing and Hostel Nakashimaya is a female only property that offers affordable accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy views of Kumamoto Castle from the balcony and experience traditional tie-dyeing activities. JR Kumamoto Train Station is a 20-minute walk away. Guests can choose to stay in private Japanese-style rooms or in shared dormitory-style rooms. All rooms feature air conditioning, tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. Nakashimaya Dyeing and Hostel is a 15-minute walk from Kumamoto Castle and a 10-minute drive from Honmyo Temple. A coin-launderette is available. Guests can sit by the traditional Irori hearth and enjoy DVDs on the flat-screen TV at the shared lounge. A free-use internet PC is available and the free-use kitchen comes with a microwave and fridge. No meals are served.
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    • Hotel Nikko Kumamoto
      Luxury
      Located in the heart of the city, Hotel Nikko Kumamoto features accommodations with free wired internet access and views of Kumamoto Castle. Torichosuji Train Station is a 1-minute walk, and the JR Kumamoto Train Station is a 10-minute drive away. Guests can choose among 5 dining options and relaxing massages can be requested as well. The air-conditioned rooms feature carpeted floors and a flat-screen TV. An electric kettle and nightwear are provided for guests. The en suite bathroom comes with slippers and a hairdryer. Laundry and photocopying services are available at the 24-hour front desk. Room service and newspapers are also provided. Les Celebrites serves French dishes, and Tao-Li offers Cantonese specialities. Benkei serves Japanese cuisines with nice views and drinks are available at Fountain bar lounge. Breakfast is served at AsoShed. Kumamoto Hotel Nikko is a 10-minute walk from Kumamoto Castle, and the Contemporary Art Museum is only a 1-minute walk away.
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    • REF Kumamoto by VESSEL HOTELS
      Luxury
      Set in Kumamoto, within 1.2 km of Kumamoto Castle and 2.6 km of Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei, REF Kumamoto by VESSEL HOTELS offers accommodation with a spa and wellness centre and free WiFi throughout the property. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Attractions in the area include Suizenji Park, 4.2 km away, or Shimada Museum of Art, located 2.9 km from the property. A continental breakfast is available every morning at the hotel. REF Kumamoto by VESSEL HOTELS offers a sauna. Children's amenities are available at the front desk free of charge. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Former Residence of Natsume Soseki and Kumamoto City Museum. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 18 km from REF Kumamoto by VESSEL HOTELS.
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    • Hotel Trusty Premier Kumamoto
      Luxury
      Set in Kumamoto, 1.3 km from Kumamoto Castle, Hotel Trusty Premier Kumamoto offers air-conditioned accommodation and a bar. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service, along with free WiFi. The property is 2.6 km from Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei and 4.4 km from Suizenji Park. At the hotel, all rooms include a desk and a flat-screen TV. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at Hotel Trusty Premier Kumamoto can enjoy a ? la carte breakfast. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Kumamoto City Museum and Former Residence of Natsume Soseki. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 15 km from Hotel Trusty Premier Kumamoto.
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    • Resters Bed&Co.
      Budget-friendly
      A 10-minute walk from Kumamoto Castle, Resters Bed&Co. features accommodations with free WiFi. Suidoucho Train Station is a 5-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms include a desk and refrigerator. Some rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding, while others come with Western beds. A limited number of tablets can be rented at the property. The hotel is a 10-minute stroll from Kumamoto Parco and a 15-minute drive from Suizenji Park. Kumamoto Airport is a 45-minute drive away.
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    • KKR Hotel Kumamoto
      Mid-range
      Situated within 4 km of Suizenji Park and less than 1 km of Former Residence of Natsume Soseki, KKR Hotel Kumamoto features rooms in Kumamoto. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel, the rooms have a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All rooms at KKR Hotel Kumamoto have air conditioning and a wardrobe. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near KKR Hotel Kumamoto include Kumamoto Castle, Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei and Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 14 km from the hotel.
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    • Place Hotel Ascot
      Mid-range
      Set within 2.7 km of Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei and 3.3 km of Suizenji Park, Place Hotel Ascot offers rooms in Kumamoto. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Kumamoto City Museum is 2.1 km away and Shimada Museum of Art is 5 km from the hotel. All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. The rooms feature a private bathroom, a hairdryer and bed linen. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near Place Hotel Ascot include Kumamoto Castle, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto and Former Residence of Natsume Soseki. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 14 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel The Gate Kumamoto
      Mid-range
      Featuring a shared lounge, Hotel The Gate Kumamoto is set in Kumamoto in the Kumamoto region, 3.1 km from Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei and 3.3 km from Kumamoto Castle. Featuring a bar, the 3-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The hostel features family rooms. At the hostel all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. Suizenji Park is 6 km from Hotel The Gate Kumamoto, while Kumamoto City Museum is 2.6 km away. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 16 km from the accommodation.
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    • Dormy Inn Kumamoto Natural Hot Spring
      Mid-range
      Dormy Inn Kumamoto Natural Hot Spring is centrally located in Kumamoto, in front of the Kumamoto Bus Terminal and 1.6 km from the JR Kumamoto Station. It offers sauna facilities, a public bath and rooms with free wired internet. Modern guest rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with a fridge, a tea/coffee maker and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a hairdryer. A coin laundrette is located on site and dry cleaning service is also available. Massage services can be arranged upon request. English speaking staff can assist guests at the front desk. Guests can enjoy a daily breakfast buffet at the hotelfs restaurant. Dormy Inn Kumamoto Natural Hot Spring is 800 metres from the Kumamoto Castle and 1 km from Sakuranobaba Johsaien. Departure times of the hotel's free shuttle to Kumamoto Station are given in Important Information below.
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