QUALITY of 9 KYUSHU Wind blowing around the caldera created by Mother Nature.

Kumamoto

Wind blowing around the caldera created by Mother Nature.
Breathtaking scenery at Daikanbo

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Venezuela Delegate Edymar Martinez

2015 Miss International Venezuela Delegate Edymar Martinez
Breathtaking scenery at Daikanbo

QUALITY of 9 KYUSHU Nature sound performed by the abundant spring water gushing out from the ground.
Kumamoto

Nature sound performed by the abundant spring water gushing out from the ground.
Breathtaking scenery at Nabegataki Waterfall

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Japanese Delegate Sayaka Fujimoto

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Breathtaking scenery at Nabegataki Waterfall

Kumamoto

Shirakawa Springs
The famous fountainhead

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Japanese Delegate Saki Kawaguchi

2016 Runner-UP Miss International Japanese Delegate Saki Kawaguchi

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Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle

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Kenya Delegate Eunice Onyango

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Shirakawa Springs

Shirakawa Springs is a fountainhead surrounded by beautiful greenery and a main representative of Minamiaso area, the town of famous water. Aiming for the faraway Ariake Sea, the fountainhead boasts a soothing sound of flowing water, echoing between the trees. The transparency of the water is very high, so much that you can see the water gushing from the sand underground, and the rich spring produces more than 90,000 tons of water per day at a cool 14 degrees centigrade throughout the year. Selected as one of “Japan’s Top 100 Waters”, the water may of course be enjoyed on the spot or taken home with a container. From mineral water to local sake and manju confections, there are many famous water souvenirs from which you may choose.

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Shirakawa 2040, Minamiaso Town, Kumamoto Prefecture
+81-967(62)0318(Shirakawa Springs Management Group)
Open daily 8:00 – 17:00 (subject to seasonal changes)


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Daikanbo
Mt. Aso’s best viewing area

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Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle

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Kenya Delegate Eunice Onyango

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USA Delegate Lindsay Becker

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Daikanbo Mt. Aso's best viewing area

This is the viewspot to touch the heavens while taking in the majestic scenery of the world’s largest caldera in Kumamoto and Aso. Beyond the deep green of the meadows lies the beautiful rural Aso landscape. In the early morning, the sea of clouds spread out below is mystical, and in the spring and fall the temperature difference during the day is significant, including days without wind. Even the morning after rain is a chance for a magnificent view, but whether it happens depends on luck. The viewspot is a ten-minute walk from the parking lot, and the view can be enjoyed along the way as well. Together, the five mountains of Neko, Taka, Naka, Eboshi, and Kishima are often likened to the shape of a sleeping Buddha. Come check for yourself!

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Hatabe, Yamada, Aso City, Kumamoto Prefecture
+81-967(32)1960
(Aso Information Center)
Free viewing

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Karashi Renkon (Mustard-Stuffed Lotus Roots) A crunchy, spicy taste
Karashi Renkon (Mustard-Stuffed Lotus Roots)A crunchy, spicy taste

Karashi renkon first came about in the Edo period in order to help the lord recover from his illness. The holes of a lotus root are filled with a mustard and miso paste. A crunchy texture provides a perfect accompaniment to Japanese karashi mustard. This local dish is always served for events such as wedding or funeral ceremonial occasions in Kumamoto.

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Kumamoto city, Kumamoto Prefecture
+81-96(327)9500
(Kumamoto Station Tourist Information Center)


Kumamoto

Aso-jinja Shrine
Grand head shrine of Aso-jinja Shrine

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Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle

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Kenya Delegate Eunice Onyango

2015 Miss International 2nd Runner-UP Kenya Delegate  Eunice Onyango

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Vietnam Delegate Pham Hong Thuy Van

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USA Delegate Lindsay Becker

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Japanese Delegate Sairi Shimomura

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Japanese Delegate Saki Kawaguchi

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Aso-jinja Shrine Grand head shrine of Aso-jinja Shrine

It is said that the Aso-jinja Shrine was established in 282 B.C., having 2300 years of history, which enshrined a total of 12 gods including Takeiwatatsu no mikoto, or a grandchild of the 1st Emperor Jinmu who first cultivated Aso region, Asotsuhime no mikoto and Kuninomiyatsukohayamikatama no mikoto. It is the grand head shrine of Aso-jinja Shrines which are scattered all over Japan. In the aftermath of Kumamoto earthquake which occurred in April 2016, the Tower Gate, one of the three greatest tower gates in Japan and the Worship Hall fell down, and three shrines enshrining the three gods have heavily been damaged. Restoration work has been made day by day. In the meantime, a temporary worship hall was built for visitors to offer prayers. Its shrine town is a best place to take a walk, buy souvenirs or eat local foots. You can quench your thirst during a stroll as there are many water-drinking places, called Mizuki, where water is gushing out of underground springs.

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3083-1, Miyaji, Ichinomiya-machi,Aso City, Kumamoto Prefecture
+81-967(22)0064
Free entrance

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Miso-Pickled Tofu A matured flavor
Miso-Pickled TofuA matured flavor

There are many people who are surprised at pickling tofu in miso. Miso-pickled tofu is a preserved food that has been passed down in the southeastern part of Kumamoto prefecture. It started around 1200 as a food made by fleeing Taira soldiers who lived hidden in a mountain village. The matured flavour of firm tofu drained and pickled in unrefined miso for around half a year is the perfect accompaniment to alcohol.

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Kumamoto city, Kumamoto Prefecture
+81-96(327)9500
(Kumamoto Station Tourist Information Center)


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Sakitsu Village in Amakusa
A village that has passed on Christian culture

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Japanese Delegate Junna Yamagata

2016 Miss International Japanese Delegate Junna Yamagata

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Japanese Delegate Mari Schonfeld Masuda

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Sakitsu Village in Amakusa A village that has passed on Christian culture

Amakusa is an area consisting of about 120 large and small islands. Sakitsu village is a fishing village located in the bottom part of the Amakusa islands, and its landscape is designated as an important national cultural landscape along with its neighbor, Imatomi village. Christianity flourished after the 16 century in the Amakusa area. Christians used to hide in certain villages such as Sakitsu after the Shimabara/Amakusa rebellion and continued to propagate their message under circumstances of strict oppression as an underground Christian community. The Gothic architecture of Sakitsu church built in the village is a symbol of the town and is said to have been built in 1934 or around that time. Although no photo taking is allowed inside, the tatami mat flooring of the church is rare indeed. The church stands as if it is watching over Sakitsu seaport, so it is referred to as the “Catholic church of the sea.” Even today, it has attracted many people.

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Sakitsu, Kawaura-machi, Amakusa city, Kumamoto Prefecture
+81-969(22)2243(Amakusa Treasure Island Tourism Association)

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Kikaigaura Japan’s top 100 evening scenes
Kikaigaura
Japan’s top 100 evening scenes

Kikaigaura is a scenic Amakusa west beach. It is one of the top scenic points allowing you to enjoy a feeling of superior freedom. The landscape during the daytime is impressive, but the scene of the setting sun on the horizon seen from Amakusa beach is exceptional. It has been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 sunsets.

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Amakusa-cho, Amakusa city, Kumamoto Prefecture
+81-969(22)2243(Amakusa Treasure Island Tourism Association)

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Kumamoto City
A city of greenery and water

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Japanese Delegate Junna Yamagata

2016 Miss International Japanese Delegate Junna Yamagata

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Japanese Delegate Mari Schonfeld Masuda

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2016 Runner-UP Miss International
Japanese Delegate Sayaka Fujimoto

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2015 Miss International 1st Runner-UP
Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle

2015 Miss International 1st Runner-UP Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle

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Kenya Delegate Eunice Onyango

2015 Miss International 2nd Runner-UPKenya Delegate Eunice Onyango

Kumamoto City A city of greenery and water

Kumamoto city has developed centering on Kumamoto Castle. While the city has an urban face, it also boasts rich nature, which realizes a balanced, beautiful environment. Kumamoto Castle has been heavily damaged by a series of powerful earthquakes in Kumamoto, so it is currently under repair work. Visitors cannot enter the castle; however, the castle still encourages the victims of the earthquakes as a symbol recovery. The ground water coming down from Mt. Aso is one of the things Kumamoto citizens are proud of. Abundant water and plentiful nature also help to grow delicious seafood, vegetables, and fruits in Kumamoto. Many famous novelists, such as Soseki Natsume and Yakumo Koizumi, might perhaps be influenced by the charm of this town. When it comes to Kumamoto, trams going around the city are also famous. The trams blending in with the surrounding Kumamoto landscapes truly gives you a peace of mind. Why not go on a tram to look around the city with a day pass that offers discounts on sightseeing spots?

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Kumamoto city, Kumamoto Prefecture
+81-96(327)9500 (Kumamoto Station Tourist Information Center)

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Suizen-ji Temple Jojuen Garden A garden overflowing the atmosphere of Edo
Suizen-ji Temple Jojuen GardenA garden overflowing the atmosphere of Edo

This is a beautiful pond garden in the style of Momoyama that has been built by three generations of Higohosokawa family since 1636. The underground water of Aso is utilized for the pond, and it is said that the landscape was an imitation of the famous fifty three stages on the Tokaido ukiyoe series. There are some cherry blossom trees planted along the walkway. Many visitors come to the garden to view beautiful cherry blossoms in the spring.

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8-1 Suizenjikoen, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto city, Kumamoto Prefecture
+81-96(383)0074
7:30 am – 8:00 pm (8:30 am – 5:00 pm from November to February)
Open all year around

Chosen-ame (Korean Candy) A confection associated with Kiyomasa Kato
Chosen-ame (Korean Candy)A confection associated with Kiyomasa Kato

This is a traditional confection brought by a Japanese envoy to Tang Dynasty China. Originally called as “chosei-ame,” it became “Chosen-ame (Korean candy),” since the lord of Kumamoto Castle, Kiyomasa Kato brought the candy for a battle in Korea. It has a gentle and mild taste like Japanese rice cake mochi.

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Kumamoto city, Kumamoto Prefecture
+81-96(327)9500(Kumamoto Station Tourist Information Center)


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Aso Uchinomaki Hot Spring
Hot spring loved by many celebrities

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Japanese Delegate Sayaka Fujimoto

2016 Runner-UP Miss International Japanese Delegate Sayaka Fujimoto

2015 Miss International 1st Runner-UP
Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle

2015 Miss International 1st Runner-UP Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle

2015 Miss International 2nd Runner-UP
Kenya Delegate Eunice Onyango

2015 Miss International 2nd Runner-UP Kenya Delegate  Eunice Onyango

Aso Uchinomaki Hot Spring Hot spring loved by many celebrities

This hot spring is located in the ideal spot where you can have a panoramic view of the Aso area. The history is not too long, as it was founded in 1897 and developed as an accommodation for climbers on Mt. Aso. The spot has been frequently visited by many celebrities, such as Soseki Natsume who actually wrote about this hot spring in his novel “Nihyakutoka (The 210th day),” Tekkan and Akiko Yosano, and Santoka Taneda. While we recommend you take time to enjoy soaking in the hot springs at a hotel or ryokan, you can also casually go around the “town baths.” Unfortunately, some facilities might be under repair work because of the earthquakes. Please enjoy a retro atmosphere of the hot springs.

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Uchinomaki, Aso city, Kumamoto Prefecture
+81-967(34)1600(Aso City Tourism Association)