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About Kumamoto

Kumamoto is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu.
It is in the center of Kyushu, the southernmost of the four major Japanese islands.
21% of the area are designated as Natural parks, Quasi-National Parks and Prefectural Natural Parks.

The one thing you must not miss during your stay there is the Kumamoto Castle located in the center of Kumamoto City. It is said to be one of Japan’s three most famous castles. Just seeing its sheer size and beauty is worth your visit.

For the foodies, who is a meat lover, Aka beef of Kumamoto is a delicacy to challenge. Unlike other Wagyu (Japanese beef) the meat is considered leaner, but still with the same Wagyu quality. The fact that the grasslands of Kumamoto, certified as a World Agricultural Heritage site in 2013 is another bonus.
If you’re a vegetarian, try the “Karashi Renkon”. It is a deep fried lotus root filled with miso and Japanese mustard. This is a local delicacy loved by Japanese all over Japan.

Local Areas

Kumamoto Area Map

Areas in Kumamoto

Amakusa/Ushibuka

Home groud for the Kumamoto divers

Amakusa, which means "Heaven's Grass," is a series of islands off the west coast of Kyushu, the southernmost of the four main islands of Japan. The Amakusa Islands consists of 1200 Island group.
Due to the varaety of Islands you can dive means, there is a diving spot for all type of diving.
After diving, you can enjoy the popular dolfin watching tours. At Amakusa, there is a large pod of wild  Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus).

Diving Site (Amakusa)

What you can see

All year round:
-Variety of nudibranch
-Variety of Shrimps and Crabs

Variety of diving sites including,
-Sea weed forest
-Soft coral sea beds
-Table hard coral reef