Daily Archives: 2016-03-18

Kumamoto Cherry Blossoms

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一心行の大桜の写真As of March 16, tenki.jp forecasts that the cherry blossoms in Kumamoto will begin to open on Wednesday, March 23 and full bloom is expected on Saturday, April 2.

The Japan National Travel Organization also has a very handy English site with background information on the cherry blossoms, such as the various types of blossoms you can find and a guide on “how to hanami” (cherry blossom viewing).

Here’s a table of some of the more famous spots for cherry blossoms in Kumamoto. As always, it’s not a comprehensive list, so don’t worry, you can easily find great spots closer to where you are in Kumamoto as well (they may even be less crowded!). This list will be updated with more information as it becomes available, please feel free to send in any suggestions you have for more sights to view cherry blossoms! Continue reading

Pro Baseball in Kumamoto

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There will be two Japanese professional baseball games in Kumamoto in April and tickets are still available for both. This is a great chance to experience a Japanese baseball game in person. Both games will take place at Fujisaki Baseball Stadium (near Ninomaru Park) in Kumamoto City. For most people it is easiest to buy tickets from ticket machines at Lawson or 7-11, but there are some online services available as well (please consult the event websites for details).

eh_hawks2016_1Game 1: Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks vs. Orix Buffaloes

Sunday, April 10 – Game starts at 1PM (Gates open at 11AM)

Ticket Prices

  • 1,800 yen for unreserved seats in the outfield (700 yen for children).
  • 4,500 yen for reserved middle of infield seats.
  • 5,500 yen for reserved infield and behind-the-plate seats.
  • Day-of tickets will cost 200 yen more for unreserved seats and 500 yen for all other seats.

Event Website: https://wws.kab.co.jp/event/hawks2016/

160119_giant.jpgGame 2: Tokyo Yomiuri Giants vs. Chunichi Dragons

Tuesday, April 19 – Game starts at 6PM (Gates open at 4PM)

Ticket Prices

  • 1,200 yen for unreserved seats in the outfield (600 yen for children).
  • 4,500 yen for reserved middle of infield seats.
  • 5,500 yen for reserved infield seats.
  • 5,700 yen for reserved behind-the-plate seats.

Event Website: http://www.kkt.jp/event/detail/giants2016.html

Night Cherry Blossom Viewing at Kumamoto Castle

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Kumamoto Castle will be open at night from Saturday, March 19 to Sunday, April 3 for night viewing of the cherry blossoms around the castle. Kumamoto Castle and the surrounding area boasts around 800 cherry blossom trees (with 650 of them being the famous Yoshino cherry trees).

The castle will extend its opening hours from 6PM to 9PM. There is a reduced entry fee for entering the castle after 5PM: 200 yen for adults and 100 yen for elementary/junior high school children. Kumamoto City elementary/junior high school children and people over 65 can enter for free.

For reference, the cherry blossoms in Kumamoto are expected to open on Wednesday, March 23 with full bloom around Saturday, April 2.