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Dec 8, 2019 - Amakusa to Kumamoto

Sun 8th Dec. Mostly clear & Sunny, 2 - 15°C. We both slept well. The Hotel Sun Road superior singles are roomy and well appointed, have a full shower room with bath. In Japanese hotels the water's always hot and there's plenty of it. It was a clear day for the leisurely drive back around the coast. Unfortunate to see three Tanuki(racoon-dog) as roadkill along the way. Had another great lunch at Fukushin, succulent Ariake octopus and grilled Anago conger eel. Best part of the drive was via the Five Bridges of Amakusa from Ueshima island...

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Nov 25, 2017 - Kumamoto Castle damage & repairs

Kumamoto Sat 25th Nov. 4-14°C, cloudy. Our rooms in the Comfort Hotel come with views of Kumamoto Castle. Unfortunately for us the castle is under cover for repairs to extensive damage caused by the April 2016 earthquakes. Earthquakes exceeding JMA Seismic Intensity 6 occurred 7 times in three days since 14th April 2016. Maximum magnitude was 7.3. Walked around Kumamoto Castle to see the damage caused, and repairs underway. The damage is extensive, there are rows upon rows of large stones, precisely numbered for repositioning. Some...

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Aug 29, 2015 - Kumamoto, Japan

Pete checked in from Kumamoto and things were just fine. This was his first visit to Kumamoto, which is on the island of Kyushu. It has a sub-tropical climate so is very hot in the summers, with temperatures in the upper 90's. We were happy for Pete to see that they had a Baskin Robbins store there!

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Aug 20, 2013 - Kumamoto day 2

Up at 7:30 am, headed down to breakfast at 8:30am. An excellent choice of food to choose from, would definitely recommend the Dormy inn, here in Kumamoto. The weather here in Japan is unrelenting, hot, hot and hotter. Equipped with sunscreen, sunbrella's and back packs we set off to catch the tram to Kumamoto Castle. It was besieged by the Satsuma Army in 1877, much was burnt down including the main keep, but the massive fortifications held. The movie "The Last Samurai" was loosely based on the Satsuma rebellion. Kumamoto Castle is...

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Aug 19, 2013 - Kumamoto day 1

8:00 breakfast not crowded this morning as everybody has gone home after the finish of Obon. Went down to Solaria stage in Tenjin for coffee and waited until 10:00 for the Japanese crepe shop to open. Crepes with strawberries, cream and ice-cream, worth the wait-Oishii! Boarded the 11:00 Nishitetsu express to Omuta, it scooted along about 100kph. The ride was a bit rocky and we passed through many small towns but also there was nice scenery of so many too green to be true ricefields, almost as green as Rob's new Nike's. Arrived 12:00 at...

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Oct 13, 2009 - Island in the sun

We have both spent all our time in Japan so far on the main island of Honshu, mostly in Central Honshu. Today we went further South and West, further back into the hot muggy weather onto the island of Kyushu, another of the big four islands in Japan (there are about four thousand islands in all). Specifically we went to Kumamoto, about half way down the West Coast of Kyushu. We got around the city on trams, first to Kumamoto Castle, then the Suizenji Gardens. The Castle was great, huge fortifications and an attractive main keep in the...

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Nov 8, 2007 - Kumamoto

Our first stop in Kumamoto was the Suizenji-jojuen Gardens. This is a large landscaped park with scenes from the landscape from Tokyo to Hakone, including a mini mount Fuji! This was a really nice garden, very tranquil and very beautiful. From here we headed to Kumamoto castle. This is a huge castle complex in the middle of Kumamoto. All the walls are original but most of the castle buildings are reconstructions amd some are under reconstruction. The original castle was destroyed the last civil war in Japan and they are spending about 10...

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