This Place in Japan Is Famous for Its Red Torii Gate Tunnel
Experience Kumamoto's unique food culture and history.
The Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan is home to a lot of interesting spots and food. In fact, some of its restaurants serve horse meat or sakura niku (cherry blossom meat), which is known for having a bright pink appearance and great taste during springtime when it is the fattiest. Aside from this, the prefecture also has various scenic spots and coffee shops that you should definitely add to your itinerary.
Below, we list down some of the best places to visit when you’re in Kumamoto:
Umasakura Ginza Street Shop
Umasakura Ginza Street Shop only makes use of locally-produced horse meat when preparing their dishes. You can enjoy their marbled and high-quality horse meat as either sashimi, grilled, or shabu-shabu style. Another thing to look forward to is their popular lunch menu item, which is exclusively offered during the weekends only at Ginza Street Shop.
Tokusen Sashimi Zen (special sashimi meal set, ¥3,456)
The Akaushi Steak Zen (meal set, ¥3,024) limited lunch set is easily sold out!
The place has counter seats for those who want to dine alone.
Umasakura Ginza Street Shop is located at the 3/F Ginza Place KUMAMOTO, 1-10-3 Shimotori, Chuo District, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture and is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-96-354-5800.
Starting with Kumamoto feudal lord Tadatoshi Hosokawa, the construction of Momoyama Style stroll garden took 3 generations of Hosokawa family to be completed. This garden has a pond in the center and a wide open space with a stage used for Noh plays. This is also where the Izumi Shrine, which is used by successive leaders as a place for prayer, is located. The vermilion red color of Inari Shrine’s torii is quite attractive and Instagram-worthy. The experience of going through these mystical torii gates feels a lot like entering another dimension.
Twenty torii gates, with equal distances, form a pathway to the sacred shrine.
This is the perfect place to spend some quiet time alone.
Suizenji Jojuen is located at 8-1 Suizenji Park, Chuo District, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. You may contact them at +81-96-383-0074.
Statue of Luffy
Luffy, the main character of the famous manga “One Piece”, stands as a life-size statue in front of the Kumamoto Prefectural Office. It was completed last November of 2018 and was built to commemorate the Kumamoto-born author, Eiichiro Oda, who was a recipient of the Prefectural Honor award. Since its unveiling, the statue has become one of the famous tourist spots of the prefecture.
Luffy’s raised hand symbolizes the massive support for the restoration efforts in Kumamoto following major earthquakes.
At the bottom of the statue are the author’s handprint and signature.
Statue of Luffy is located at 6-18-1 Suizenji, Chuo District, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture. You may contact them at +81-96-333-2022 (Kumamoto Prefecture Secretary Group).
Cafe no. KUMAMOTO
The Kansai-based Café no. Kumamoto opened its second branch in Kyushu last December 2018. The bottled “Milk” series, with its cute and IG-worthy packaging, is the shop’s best-selling drink. Their tapioca drinks are also very popular among their customers.
A number of cute wall designs can be found inside the store.
From left to right: Chocolate Milk, Strawberry Milk, and Green Tea Milk (¥600 each).
Café no. KUMAMOTO is located at the 1/F Fugetsu Bldg., 11-6 Kamitoricho, Chuo District, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays to Thursdays, and 11 a.m. 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Provided by Walkerplus™, Japan Walker™, and Kyushu Walker™ (11 March 2019)