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Kumamoto Guide: Access, 27 Sightseeing Spots, Festivals and More!
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Kumamoto Guide: Access, 27 Sightseeing Spots, Festivals and More!

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Kumamoto is a prefecture located in the Kyushu region with many delicious foods, hot springs and natural scenery that would make a vacation here very enjoyable. Let this guide help you get around and experience the best of Kumamoto.

Translated by Jasmine Nishino

Written by Mayu

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Festivals and Events in Kumamoto

Kumamoto is a history-rich area where many ancient festivities, such as the Ushibuka Haiya festival and the annual Autumn Festival at Fujisaki Hachimangu shrine, are held.

April: Ushibuka Haiya Festival

Photo courtesy of Kumamoto prefecture

As the "original Haiya bushi" music plays, women in colorful kimono perform an energetic dance that has been passed down since the Edo period. Ushibuka is a port town and many gestures within the dance include motions of raising the sail and drawing the nets with fish.

Address: Kumamoto, Amakusa city, Ushibuka, Ushibuka Haiya Ohashi
Website: Ushibuka Haiya Festival (Japanese)

August: Yamaga Lantern Festival

Photo courtesy of Kumamoto prefecture

A summer festival that has been celebrated for ages. This mystical festival is known for the "Sennin Toro Odori" where women dance with lanterns on their head while the authentic Yoheho bushi music plays.

Address: Kumamoto, Yamaga city, Yamaga 351 Yamaga elementary school playground
Website: Yamaga Lantern Festival (Japanese)

September: Annual Autumn Festival at Fujisaki Hachimangu Shrine

When the rest of Japan is celebrating Respect for the Aged Day, on the third Sunday in September, Kumamoto has a summer festival where a procession of people dressed in festive outfits parades around the town among the sounds of drums and trumpets playing about. An iconic part of this festival is the people marching around shouting "Dookai Dookai" and having a decorative horse called the Kazariuma drawn by men called the zuibyo. This is a staple event of the summer in Kumamoto.

Address: Kumamoto, Kumamoto city, Chuo ward, Igawabuchi 3-1 Fujisaki Hachimangu Shrine
Website: Annual Autumn Festival (Japanese)

September - November: Castle Festival

During this time around the Kumamoto Castle, traditional performances of ancient martial arts, drums, horseback archery and Noh theater can be seen.

Address: Kumamoto, Kumamoto city, Chuo ward, Honmaru 1-1
Website: Castle Festival (Japanese)

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