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Kumamoto is a vibrant city in the Kyushu region of Japan. It is the capital of Kumamoto Prefecture and has a population of over 740,000 people. Located on the east coast of the island of Kyushu, Kumamoto is surrounded by mountains, making it a popular destination for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping.

Kumamoto has a long and rich history, dating back to the Jomon period (14,000-300 BC). During the Edo period (1603-1868), Kumamoto Castle was built by the feudal lord Kato Kiyomasa. The castle is now a popular tourist site and is designated as a National Treasure of Japan. In the Meiji period (1868-1912), Kumamoto was an important center of education and culture, with several universities and the Kumamoto Prefectural Library established in the city.

Kumamoto is known for its natural beauty, with numerous parks, gardens, and hot springs located in the area. The nearby Mount Aso is an active volcano, and the surrounding countryside is known for its lush vegetation and stunning views. Kumamoto is also home to many traditional festivals, such as the Kumamoto Gion Festival and the Kumamoto Kunchi Festival.

Kumamoto is a vibrant city, with a mix of modern and traditional culture. It is a great place to explore, with something to offer for everyone. Whether you are looking for outdoor activities, cultural events, or just a relaxing getaway, Kumamoto is sure to provide an unforgettable experience.

Excursion tips for a day in Kumamoto

Kumamoto is an exciting destination for tourists in Japan, offering a wealth of activities to enjoy in a single day. Here are some of the top things to do in Kumamoto on a day trip:

1. Visit Kumamoto Castle, a National Treasure of Japan and one of the country’s most impressive fortresses.

2. Explore Suizenji Park, a beautiful traditional Japanese garden with a central pond and teahouse.

3. Take a stroll through the grounds of Reigando Cave, an impressive limestone cave full of stalactites and stalagmites.

4. Appreciate the stunning views from Mount Aso, an active volcano and the largest in Japan.

5. Spend some time admiring the architecture of Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art.

6. Enjoy some traditional Japanese cuisine at one of the many restaurants in the city.

7. Shop for souvenirs at the bustling Kumamoto City Shopping Arcade.

8. Sample some of the local sake at the Kumamoto Wine and Sake Museum.

9. Spend some time relaxing at the Kumamoto Prefectural Traditional Crafts Center.

10. Visit the Suizenji Jojuen Garden, a perfectly manicured garden and one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.

Experience Kumamoto with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Kumamoto. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Kumamoto

Kumamoto in Japan has a temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters. In spring, temperatures range from cool to warm, with occasional rain. Summer is hot and humid, with occasional typhoons. Autumn is mild and dry, with occasional rain and sunny days. Winter is cold and dry, with occasional snowfall. Overall, the climate in Kumamoto is mild and pleasant, with distinct seasonal changes.

Cruise weather for Kumamoto

Our weather forecast for Kumamoto helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 32.1 °C
min: 24.6 °C
14.8 m/s
19.4 m/s
55.5 %
24.1 m
74.0 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 32.2 °C
min: 24.7 °C
16.6 m/s
20.5 m/s
19.8 %
24.1 m
73.9 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 32.8 °C
min: 24.4 °C
10.8 m/s
12.2 m/s
43.2 %
24.1 m
71.3 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 33.2 °C
min: 24.8 °C
10.1 m/s
11.9 m/s
74.3 %
24.1 m
70.2 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 34.2 °C
min: 25.6 °C
10.4 m/s
9.4 m/s
99.1 %
24.1 m
68.5 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 35.7 °C
min: 24.9 °C
13.0 m/s
31.3 m/s
92.6 %
24.1 m
63.0 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 32.7 °C
min: 24.6 °C
18.7 m/s
50.4 m/s
49.7 %
24.1 m
63.0 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 29.4 °C
min: 25.5 °C
22.0 m/s
60.8 m/s
99.7 %
19.9 m
80.2 %
999 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 28.8 °C
min: 25.3 °C
6.8 m/s
18.7 m/s
91.9 %
21.3 m
92.1 %
999 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 33.4 °C
min: 26.3 °C
18.7 m/s
39.2 m/s
93.3 %
23.9 m
74.3 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 34.2 °C
min: 25.6 °C
16.9 m/s
21.6 m/s
99.6 %
24.1 m
69.6 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 33.5 °C
min: 25 °C
9.7 m/s
7.9 m/s
53.1 %
24.1 m
68.2 %
1,008 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 36.9 °C
min: 25.5 °C
10.1 m/s
13.3 m/s
1.3 %
24.1 m
65.9 %
1,004 hPa

Cruises to Kumamoto

Would you like to travel to Kumamoto on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Kumamoto.

Scheduled ship calls in Kumamoto, Japan
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Oct. 5th 2024 Saturday, 5th of Oct. 2024 Spectrum of the Seas 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Feb. 26th 2025 Wednesday, 26th of Feb. 2025 Spectrum of the Seas 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 27th 2025 Thursday, 27th of Mar. 2025 Spectrum of the Seas 07:00 am 07:00 pm
Apr. 10th 2025 Thursday, 10th of Apr. 2025 Spectrum of the Seas 07:00 am 07:00 pm
May 8th 2025 Thursday, 8th of May 2025 Spectrum of the Seas 07:00 am 06:00 pm
May 20th 2025 Tuesday, 20th of May 2025 Spectrum of the Seas 07:00 am 07:00 pm
Jun. 2nd 2025 Monday, 2nd of Jun. 2025 Spectrum of the Seas 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Jun. 26th 2025 Thursday, 26th of Jun. 2025 Spectrum of the Seas 07:00 am 07:00 pm
Jul. 15th 2025 Tuesday, 15th of Jul. 2025 Spectrum of the Seas 07:00 am 07:00 pm
Jul. 23rd 2025 Wednesday, 23rd of Jul. 2025 Ovation of the Seas 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Aug. 12th 2025 Tuesday, 12th of Aug. 2025 Spectrum of the Seas 07:00 am 07:00 pm
Aug. 22nd 2025 Friday, 22nd of Aug. 2025 Spectrum of the Seas 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Aug. 27th 2025 Wednesday, 27th of Aug. 2025 Celebrity Millennium 08:30 am 06:30 pm
Oct. 5th 2025 Sunday, 5th of Oct. 2025 Ovation of the Seas 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Dec. 26th 2025 Friday, 26th of Dec. 2025 Spectrum of the Seas 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 10th 2026 Tuesday, 10th of Mar. 2026 Spectrum of the Seas 07:00 am 07:00 pm
Mar. 30th 2026 Monday, 30th of Mar. 2026 Spectrum of the Seas 07:00 am 07:00 pm
Apr. 29th 2026 Wednesday, 29th of Apr. 2026 Spectrum of the Seas 07:00 am 06:00 pm

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