Below is a list of Kumamoto's most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing (hanami), including the typical timing for best viewing in the average year and japan-guide.com ratings. See also our nationwide list of famous cherry blossom spots.

  • Kumamoto Castle••
    Late March to early April
    10 minute tram ride from Kumamoto Station
  • Suizenji Koen
    Late March to early April
    30 minute tram ride from Kumamoto Station
    8:30 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30), 400 yen

Ratings:    best of the best    best of Japan    outstanding

Getting there and around

Hotels around Kumamoto

Top rated in 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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    • 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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    • Tamaki Ryokan
      Mid-range
      Situated within 1.5 km of Suizenji Park and 2.5 km of Kumamoto Castle, Tamaki Ryokan features rooms with air conditioning and a private bathroom in Kumamoto. This 3-star ryokan offers free shuttle service and full-day security. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The ryokan offers a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with slippers, a hair dryer and bidet. The ryokan offers some units with city views, and all units are fitted with a kettle. At the ryokan, each unit has bed linen and towels. Guests can also relax in the shared lounge area. Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei is 3.5 km from the ryokan, while Egao Kenko Stadium Kumamoto is 10 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 13 km from Tamaki Ryokan.
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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. The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. All units at Candeo Hotels Kumamoto Shinshigai include air conditioning and a safety deposit box. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Speaking English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese at the 24-hour front desk, staff are ready to help around the clock. 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 hotel.
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    • &and COMFY HOTEL Kumamoto Jo View
      Mid-range
      &and COMFY HOTEL Kumamoto Jo View is situated in Kumamoto, 3.7 km from Suizenji Park and 12 km from Egao Kenko Stadium Kumamoto. This 3-star hotel features free WiFi and a restaurant. Hirayama Hot Spring is 33 km away and Former Residence of Natsume Soseki is 800 metres from the hotel. The reception at the hotel can provide tips on the area. Popular points of interest near &and COMFY HOTEL Kumamoto Jo View include Kumamoto Castle, Hosokawa Residence Gyobutei and Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto. The nearest airport is Kumamoto Airport, 15 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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    • 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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