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Kumamoto City Tourism Pamphlet

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熊本城観光リーフレット(表裏面)

熊本城観光リーフレット(中面)The Kumamoto International Convention and Tourism Bureau has released an updated city tourism pamphlet with information post-earthquake. It is highlighted by a map of no-entry zones in the Kumamoto Castle area but also lists areas in Kumamoto City that are still open for business and more than ready to take visitors.

You can find the pamphlet (Japanese only) here: http://www.kumamoto-icb.or.jp/kiji/pub/detail.aspx?c_id=5&id=158&pg=1.

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

New World Heritage Sites in Kumamoto

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On July 5th, UNESCO designated the “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining” as a World Heritage site. The sites are actually spread across several prefectures in Japan, two of them being located right here in Kumamoto. They are theManda Coal Mine in Arao City and Misumi West Port in Uki City.

 
(Manda Coal Mine, Arao-shi – Photo from NY066 on Wikipedia)
(Misumi West Port, Uki-shi – Photo from MK Products on Wikipedia)

Congratulations to both locations for being named World Heritage Sites!