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Helpful information about Kumamoto

Transit and transportation
Located in the middle of Kyushu, Kumamoto Prefecture has many sightseeing spots that are remote from the city center and lack nearby train stations, so sightseeing is mainly done by car. The Kyushu Expressway makes it easy to drive from Fukuoka to Kumamoto.
About the airport
Although there is an airport in Kumamoto Prefecture known as Aso Kumamoto Airport, it only serves international destinations to South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. For travel from other countries, Fukuoka Airport, with its more frequent routes and flights, is a good option. It takes about an hour and 50 minutes to reach Kumamoto City from Fukuoka Airport using the expressway, and about two hours and 20 minutes to Mount Aso.
Sightseeing and activities
The Kumamoto area is the most vibrant area in the prefecture. Explore the historic castle town of Kumamoto Castle and enjoy shopping in the nearby shopping district. It takes about 50 minutes from Aso Kumamoto Airport by car. The Aso area in the northeast section of Kumamoto is a great place to visit for those who want to experience the splendor of nature. Enjoy the spectacular view of Mount Aso, one of the world’s largest active volcanoes, and drive to the crater-viewing area on Mount Aso Park Road. This scenic spot is also a 50-minute drive from the airport. If you want to have an exceptionally relaxing time, consider the Kurokawa area, which is known for its hot springs. It only takes an hour and 20 minutes from the airport. Purchase your Kurokawa Hot Spring-hopping Pass which gives you access to the hot spring resorts of your preference even on a one-day excursion.
Seasonal information
Access to some zones around the Nakadake Crater of Mount Aso may be restricted depending on the weather and the conditions of Mount Aso. You should check the “Information on Restrictions for the Aso Volcano Crater” website for the most up-to-date information before you head for Mount Aso.