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Travel Warning WARNING: Kumamoto is recovering from two powerful earthquakes that occurred on 14 and 16 April. Public transit in and around the region has returned to at least partial levels. Service on the Kyushu Shinkansen has resumed and is currently operating on a special timetable.

Trains are closed through Aso; the Minamiaso Railway is closed, and the JR Hōhi Line is closed from Higo Ōzu to Bungo-Ogi.

While most attractions are unaffected, Kumamoto Castle and its castle walls suffered significant damage and are closed, and the romon gate and haiden hall of Aso Shrine in Aso have collapsed.

The Japan Meteorological Agency advises visitors to exercise caution and be aware of surroundings due to continued seismic activity, and the potential for landslides and collapsing structures.

Kumamoto (熊本) [1] is a prefecture on the island of Kyushu, in Japan.



  • Kumamoto - Prefectural capital with one of Japan's grandest castles

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Kikuchi Castle in Kikuchi



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There are several unique traditional foods in Kumamoto prefecture. First, karashirenkon is one of the most popular foods in Kumamoto. This is lotus root with mustard stuffed into the holes, covered with soybean and wheat flour, and fried. Second, basashi is also popular as traditional food of Kumamoto. It's raw horse meat, and people in Kumamoto eat it with soy sauce and ginger. In addition, takana, a type of vegetable, is one of the specialties of Aso, and there are many types of seafood in Amakusa. Furthermore, Kumamoto is famous for boiled pork-rib (tonkotsu) ramen noodles. People sometimes form a line to eat it in front of the shop.

Ikinaridango is famous sweet in Kumamoto. It contains a sweetpotato and anko. Then they are covered with a dough made from wheat flour. When you bite it, you'll find the contained a sweetpotato has a light, dry texture. "Ikinari" of ikinaridango means "sonomama"- "as it is" or "just like that" in Kumamoto area. It also called Ikinaridago or Ikinarimanzyu. It costs 80-100 yen. You should try it once!



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