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Getting to Kumamoto

By air
  • 3.5 h
  • ¥9,000 - 50,000

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 48,000 yen, but discount tickets are usually available for between 10,000 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 tend to be even cheaper.

Kumamoto Airport is located a 50 minute bus ride from Sakuramachi Bus Terminal in the city center (880 yen one way) or 60 minutes from Kumamoto Station (960 yen one way). Many rental car outlets are located at Kumamoto Airport.

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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 50 minutes from Kumamoto Sakuramachi Bus Terminal (880 yen one way) or about 60 minutes from Kumamoto Station (960 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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    • THE BLOSSOM KUMAMOTO
      Luxury
      Located 3.2 km from Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei, THE BLOSSOM KUMAMOTO offers 4-star accommodation in Kumamoto and features a fitness centre, a restaurant and a bar. The property is around 3.4 km from Kumamoto Castle, 6 km from Suizenji Park and 14 km from Egao Kenko Stadium Kumamoto. The hotel has a sauna, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi throughout the property. All guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. All units will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Hirayama Hot Spring is 35 km from THE BLOSSOM KUMAMOTO, while Kumamoto Station is 200 metres away. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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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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    • FAV HOTEL KUMAMOTO
      Luxury
      Located in Kumamoto, within 1.9 km of Kumamoto Castle and 2.2 km of Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei, FAV HOTEL KUMAMOTO provides accommodation with a bar. With a terrace, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site. Guest rooms are equipped with a fridge, microwave, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a desk. At the hotel each room is equipped with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near FAV HOTEL KUMAMOTO include Kumamoto Station, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto and Kumamoto City Museum. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 16 km from the accommodation.
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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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    • Sotetsu Grand Fresa Kumamoto
      Mid-range
      Sotetsu Grand Fresa Kumamoto is located in Kumamoto, 3.2 km from Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei and 3.8 km from Suizenji Park. Featuring a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is non-smoking and is situated 1.5 km from Kumamoto Castle. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. At Sotetsu Grand Fresa Kumamoto the rooms come with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Speaking English and Japanese at the 24-hour front desk, staff are ready to help around the clock. Popular points of interest near Sotetsu Grand Fresa Kumamoto include Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Minami Kumamoto Station and Kumamoto City Museum. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 15 km from the hotel.
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    • Candeo Hotels Kumamoto Shinshigai
      Luxury
      Located in Kumamoto, within 1.5 km of Kumamoto Castle and 2.6 km of Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei, Candeo Hotels Kumamoto Shinshigai features free WiFi throughout the property. This 4-star hotel provides a spa experience, with its sauna and hot tub. Suizenji Park is 4.1 km away and Egao Kenko Stadium Kumamoto is 12 km from the hotel. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the hotel. Languages spoken at the reception include English, Japanese and Korean, and guests are invited to request guidance on the area when needed. Popular points of interest near Candeo Hotels Kumamoto Shinshigai include Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Former Residence of Natsume Soseki and Kumamoto City Museum. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 15 km from the accommodation.
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    • Kumamoto Hotel Castle
      Luxury
      Kumamoto Hotel Castle is a 7-minute walk from the famous Kumamoto Castle. It features 4 restaurants and modern guest rooms with free WiFi. The hotel is situated a 10-minute drive from JR Kumamoto Station. To reach the Suizenji Park, take a 15-minute tram ride from Toricho Suji Station or alternatively take a 10-minute taxi ride. Rooms come with a private bathroom, a refrigerator and free toiletries. Satellite channels can be enjoyed at an additional charge on the flat-screen TV. The restaurants at Hotel Castle Kumamoto specialises in international dishes such as Japanese, French and Chinese. Dinning Kitchen Kuyouan is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel offers various services including luggage storage, currency exchange, dry cleaning and fax/photocopying.
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    • KOKO HOTEL Premier Kumamoto
      Luxury
      KOKO HOTEL Premier Kumamoto is located in Kumamoto, 4.4 km from Suizenji Park and 13 km from Egao Kenko Stadium Kumamoto. The 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is set 1.3 km from Kumamoto Castle. At the hotel, all rooms include a desk. All guest rooms in KOKO HOTEL Premier Kumamoto are fitted with a flat-screen TV and free toiletries. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. Languages spoken at the reception include English and Japanese. Popular points of interest near KOKO HOTEL Premier Kumamoto include Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto and Kumamoto City Museum. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 15 km from the hotel.
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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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