Rich Culture of Yamaga in Kumamoto

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A chance to feel the old fashioned spirit of Yamaga in Kumamoto Prefecture.

Trip HighLights

  • Ando Tadao designed museum building
  • Guided tour introducing historically important rice cultivation in the Yamaga area

Quick Itinerary

Day Trip Schedule
9:00 Kumamoto Station Meet guide at Kumamoto Station
10:00  Kumamoto Decorated Tumulus Museum  Historical tombs and unmistakable architecture of Mr. Ando Tadao.

Lunch  Irodori  (or similar) Local specialty lunch

13:00  Kome Kome Sohmon Tour – All About Rice  Great opportunity to walk through the charming streets of Yamaga and see what daily life is like.

14:00 The Yachiyoza Theater A rare chance to see a kabuki theater – part of the community here.

15:00  Yamaga Lantern Museum  Museum showcasing a key point of pride of the Yamaga area – the elegant paper lanterns used in festivals and as decorations.

  Kumamoto Station Tour ends at Kumamoto Station

 Included in this tour plan : Lunch ☑

Access Information

Tour Start Point Kumamoto Station
Tour Start Point Map
How to get to the Tour Start Point By Train:
About 50 minutes by Shinkansen Bullet Train from Hakata Station in Fukuoka.
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Kumamoto Decorated Tumulus Museum

Kumamoto Decorated Tumulus Museum

History buffs will be fascinated by this center of study for old stone burial chambers. These tumuli from around the 3rd to 5th Centuries, CE, are found in many areas of Japan but are quite concentrated in the Yamaga area.

The decoration of the inside walls and surfaces are presented in this museum.

What could the patterns, lines and designs on the inside of these old tomb sites mean?

Fans of more modern design and architecture will like the Ando Tadao designed museum building.

Kome Kome Sohmon Tour – All About Rice

Kome Kome Sohmon Tour – All About Rice

The Sohmon area of Yamaga has an atmosphere which reminds visitors of long ago. The entire area was a production center of high quality rice since old times.

The Kome Kome Sohmon Tour is a walking tour of the city in which shopkeepers in the Sohmon area guide guests to the shops and temples located along the Buzen-kaido Road. The local shopkeepers introduce the importance of kome - rice!

The tour attracts more than 6,000 people every year.

There are lots of enjoyable things to do during the tour and you can not only taste amazake (a sweet drink made from rice and low in alchohol) and sake. They can also try their hand at baking a rice cracker!

The Yachiyoza Theater

The Yachiyoza Theater

The theater was built in 1910 as a center of culture in Yamaga and opened with a kabuki performance.

It was recognized as a national cultural property by the Japanese government in 1988.

The theater’s interior is fabulously designed and the locals are fiercely proud of it.

Yamaga Lantern Museum

Yamaga Lantern Museum

Though the lanterns look heavy, they are actually very lightweight, given that they are only made from paper and some glue!

This museum introduces the craft of paper lantern making unique to Yamaga. The lanterns are so important to Yamaga that an entire festival is dedicated to them in which dancers wear the lanterns on their heads.

Yamaga Lantern Museum is an excellently laid out facility where visitors can learn all about the culture of lantern making which has been a part of Yamaga life for many centuries.

Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.

For customers joining tours during the winter period
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

Itinerary Changes
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.

Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

Ms. Nakaoda from Yamaga Onsen Tourism Association

Ms. Nakaoda from Yamaga Onsen Tourism Association

The hot springs settlement of Yamaga thrived as a post town along the old Buzen Kaido Road which ran between Northern and Southern Kyushu. The traces of this period in Yamaga’s history are still visible today in the old-fashioned streets of our town.

From the hot springs waters that feel so smooth on the skin to the hundred years of history in the Yachiyoza Theater; the historical festivals and the produce from our rich land – Yamaga is sure to soothe your soul.

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