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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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    • THE BLOSSOM KUMAMOTO
      Luxury
      Featuring a restaurant, fitness centre, bar and free WiFi, THE BLOSSOM KUMAMOTO is located in Kumamoto, 2.5 km from Kumamoto Castle and 2.5 km from Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei. The property is set 4.4 km from Suizenji Park, 2.3 km from Shimada Museum of Art and 2.4 km from Kumamoto City Museum. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Every room is fitted with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV, and certain units at THE BLOSSOM KUMAMOTO have a safety deposit box. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. THE BLOSSOM KUMAMOTO offers 4-star accommodation with a sauna. Languages spoken at the reception include English and Japanese. Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto is 2.7 km from the hotel, while Former Residence of Natsume Soseki is 3.2 km away. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 16 km from THE BLOSSOM 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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    • 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 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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    • FAV HOTEL KUMAMOTO
      Luxury
      Featuring a terrace, FAV HOTEL KUMAMOTO offers rooms in Kumamoto, 3.4 km from Suizenji Park and 1.3 km from Kumamoto City Museum. With a bar, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, each room is equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. At FAV HOTEL KUMAMOTO, the rooms come with a seating area. The accommodation offers a ? la carte or American breakfast. Popular points of interest near FAV HOTEL KUMAMOTO include Kumamoto Castle, Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei and Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 15 km from the hotel.
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    • Place Hotel Ascot
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Place Hotel Ascot is set in Kumamoto, 2.7 km from Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei and 3.3 km from Suizenji Park. 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 hotel offers some units that feature a safety deposit box, and all rooms are fitted with a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. At Place Hotel Ascot rooms have bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation 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, 17 km from the hotel.
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    • tsukigakireidesune
      Budget-friendly
      Located a 15-minute walk from JR Kumamoto Station, tsukigakireidesune offers Japanese-style hostel accommodation with free WiFi. Bicycle rentals are available for a fee. Fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and futon bedding, each room features air conditioning, a seating area and an electric kettle. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. tsukigakireidesune comes with a common living room and a terrace where guests can unwind and socialise with other guests. The shared kitchen has a microwave and an electric kettle. The property is 2.6 km from Kumamoto Castle, 2.8 km from Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei and 3.6 km from Suizenji Park. Kumamoto Airport is a 30-minute drive away.
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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kumamoto
      Luxury
      Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kumamoto offers rooms in Kumamoto near Kumamoto City Museum and Former Residence of Natsume Soseki. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Attractions in the area include Suizenji Park, 3 km away, or Shimada Museum of Art, set 2.1 km from the property. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kumamoto all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kumamoto Castle, Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei and Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 14 km from Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kumamoto.
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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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