Wild Dolphins, Beautiful Churches, and Olive Gardens Await You in Amakusa City

Check out our two-day itinerary!

The city of Amakusa is a place that you can visit if you want to see the wild dolphins, churches, and olive gardens. Aside from this, you can also enjoy gourmet seafood dishes at the restaurants located there.

From the Fukuoka Airport by airplane, you can reach Amakusa City in only 40 minutes.  Two days is all the time you’ll need to check out the city’s exciting spots and activities. Don’t forget to take down notes!

Day 1

Begin your trip with dolphin watching and a cruise in the sea.

Sea cruising
6215-16 Aizu, Matsushima Town, Kamiamakusa City, Kumamoto
Contact: +81-0969-56-2458
There are three cruises each day at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Each cruise lasts for at least two hours.
Fee: ¥4,500 for adults, ¥3,500 for middle school students, ¥2,250 for elementary school students, and ¥1,500 for children under.

Thirty minutes after leaving the port in Kamiamakusa, Kumamoto, you’ll start seeing the shiny heads and fins of the wild dolphins between the waves. Soon, about 30 dolphins will come near and swim playfully around the boat.

The sight of these dolphins is relaxing and will surely make you forget about your busy schedules. 

There is a 95 percent possibility of encountering a dolphin when you dolphin watch. You can also see baby dolphins during the early summer.

The cruising boat is designed by Mitooka Eiji, the same person behind JR Kyushu’s “Let’s go with the Train.”

The thick cushioned seats inside will make your trip more comfortable.

Have a late lunch at Risora Terrace Amakusa.

Risora Terrace Amakusa
6215-16 Aizu, Matsushima Town, Kamiamakusa City, Kumamoto
Contact: +81- 0969-56-3450
The markets are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, while the restaurants are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Last order at 8 p.m.) on weekdays, and from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and national holidays.

Risora Terrace Amakusa, located beside the port, you can enjoy a luxurious-looking “Risora Season Plate” (¥1,814).

Risora Season Plate (¥1,814) of Risora Terrace Amakusa

After lunch, head over to the churches.

Ooe Church
1782 Ooe, Amakusa Town, Amakusa City, Kumamoto
Contact: +81-0969-22-2243
Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free entrance.

Sakitsu Church
539 Sakitsu, Kawaura Town, Amakusa City, Kumamoto
Contact: +81-0969-78-6000
Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free entrance.

Saint Maria Statue
Sakitsu, Kawaura Town, Amakusa City, Kumamoto
Contact: +81-0969-22-2243
Open all day. Free entrance.

The churches in Amakusa City immerses you in Christian history. One of them, the 
Ooe Church, is a Romanesque building built in 1933.


Ooe Church

On the other hand, the 
Sakitsu Church is built on a site where Christian images were trampled on during the Edo period. The inside of the church is designed tatami style.

Sakitsu Church

After visiting Sakitsu Church and Ooe Church, you can watch the beautiful sunset at the coast. A five-minute-walk from Sakitsu Church will take you to the sea where the 
Saint Maria Statue stands against the sinking sun.

The pink and orange sky is worth taking lots of photos of.

Spend the night at Hotel Alegria Garden Amakusa

Hotel Alegria Garden Amakusa
996 Hirose, Honwatari Town, Amakusa City, Kumamoto
Contact: +81-0969-22-3161
One stay with two meals is worth ¥13,500 per person. (1 room for 2 people, hot spring, tax not included).

The “Top Terrace 501” is a room designed by 
Kundo Koyama, the same person who designed Kumamon.

Top Terrace 501

At night, you can enjoy the “Honzen Course”. This course makes use of ingredients made in Amakusa.

Honzen Course

Day 2

Take a walk around the Amakusa Olive Garden AVILO.

Amakusa Olive Garden AVILO
1580-1 Goryo Hotomoku, Itsuwa Town, Amakusa City, Kumamoto
Contact: +81- 0969-32-0366
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can experience the olive garden tour and olive oil squeezing for ¥756 each. The olive tasting is free.

The weather in Amakusa is similar to the Mediterranean coast’s, making it the perfect place for growing olives. After a breakfast at the hotel, you can head over to the 
Amakusa Olive Garden, where you’ll find many olive trees planted at the large site.  If you’re quiet enough, you’ll hear the nice sound that the olive trees make when the wind blows.

Apart from this, you can also try the different kinds of olive oil there. You’ll be surprised at how different they actually taste from each other.

The Amakusa Olive Garden is 1.8 hectares in total. During the tour, the guide will share interesting facts about the olives, as well as, its history while you walk through the garden.

The scent and taste of Amakusa Olive Garden AVILO’s olive oil change depending on the kind of olive used and the place where it was grown.

The original olive oil bottle of Amakusa Olive Garden AVILO is made with Takahama yaki.

Take your lunch at Jya no Me Zushi.

Jya no Me Zushi
6-3 Ohama Town, Amakusa City, Kumamoto
Contact: +81-0969-23-2238
Open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Last order at 1:30 p.m.) and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Last order at 9:30 p.m.). The restaurant is closed on Wednesdays.


You can enjoy Amakusa City’s gourmet seafood dishes at the famous restaurant 
Jya no Me Zushi. If you’re alone, you can opt to have an interesting conversation with the friendly sushi chef.

The restaurant has a seating capacity of 70 people.

The restaurant opened in 1955 as a result of the first keeper’s love for Amakusa’s fish. Today, his son and grandson stand at the counter and make the restaurant’s sushi.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kyushu Walker™ (8 June 2018)

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