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Kumamoto Prefecture is blessed with many scenic spots and hot springs, as it is home to many active volcanoes, including Mt. Aso, and rapid rivers. It is also known as a production area for various agricultural products, and there are many other delicious foods such as horse sashimi. We will introdu...

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Recommended sightseeing spots in Kumamoto

Kumamoto Prefecture is home to many active volcanoes, including Mt. Aso, and rapid rivers, so it is blessed with many scenic spots and hot springs. It is also known as a production area for various agricultural products, and there are many other delicious foods such as horse sashimi.

In this article, we will introduce recommended sightseeing spots in Kumamoto that you should visit and recommended rental cars that can be rented in the area.

Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle consists of a large castle tower and a small castle tower. The current appearance of the castle tower was restored in 1960, and from the top floor you can see Kumamoto city and the distant Aso mountains.

Kumamoto Castle, said to be one of Japan's three great castles, is a famous castle in the world that was completed in 1607. The stone wall, which can be said to be a characteristic of Kumamoto Castle, has a unique structure with a gentle slope at the bottom and a steeper angle toward the top. It came to be known as ``Mushagaeshi'' (return).

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Aso Farm Land

Aso Farmland is a comprehensive health promotion park unlike any other in the world, operated under the supervision of the Japan Institute for Health Promotion.

In addition to the Genki no Mori exercise facility where you can make the most of both your body and brain and improve your health in the midst of nature, there is also a restaurant where you can enjoy meals made with vegetables and fruits grown in-house, a hot spring, and a dome-shaped hotel. There are plenty of facilities that people of all ages can enjoy.

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Kurokawa Onsen

Kurokawa Onsenkyo is located in the northern central area of ​​Kyushu, on the border with Oita Prefecture. Until 2000, Kurokawa Onsen was such an unexplored hot spring that the name "Kumamoto Prefecture Universal Map" did not even have the name.

The charm of Kurokawa Onsen is the old-fashioned inn buildings that surround the Chikugo River, and the atmospheric open-air baths that each inn and hotel has created with great ingenuity. By purchasing a bath ticket, you can freely enjoy various open-air baths.

In order to continue protecting the Chikugo River where fireflies fly, Kurokawa Onsen promotes annual tree planting and the use of non-toxic soaps and shampoos.

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Nabegataki

Nabegataki Falls is a wide waterfall with a height of 10m and a width of 20m, and the water flowing down like a curtain is a mysterious waterfall.

This waterfall is said to have been created by the huge eruption that created the Aso caldera about 90,000 years ago, and over many years the soft strata beneath the rocks were carved away by water, resulting in its current shape.

You can see the waterfall up close by the river and feel the negative ions. There are six heart-shaped stones hidden in the cobblestones of the promenade, so it's fun to look for them.

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Make your trip more comfortable with rental cars departing from Kumamoto Airport

If you exit the domestic terminal building at Kumamoto Airport, cross the paid parking lot, and go straight to the left, you will see a rental car base, where you can arrange to rent a car from one of the five rental car offices.

It takes about 40 minutes by rental car from Kumamoto Airport to Kumamoto Station. You can also travel to other famous tourist spots using public roads. You can get to Kumamoto Castle in about 40 minutes and Kurokawa Onsen in about 1 hour and 40 minutes. Also, if you use the expressway, you can reach Amakusa in about 2 hours.

You can depart from Kumamoto Airport with a rental car and drop off your car at any of our offices throughout Kyushu. You can drop off your car at a variety of locations, so it's convenient if you specify your preferred office when making a reservation.

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