10 Things to Do in Yatsushiro That You Shouldn't Miss

November 28, 2017 Major Galusha

Yatsushiro in Japan, from Asia region, is best know for Castles. Discover best things to do in Yatsushiro with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Yatsushiro

1. Yatsushiro Castle Remains

15-1 Matsuejomachi, Yatsushiro 866-0862, Kumamoto Prefecture +81 965-35-2021
Excellent
7%
Good
66%
Satisfactory
27%
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4 based on 40 reviews

Yatsushiro Castle Remains

Reviewed By NatalieRose - London

Great spot for a picnic and a lovely backdrop for some photos. There is no longer a castle but the walls and moat are pretty and you get a good view of the city from the castle walls.

2. Gokanosho

Izumimachi, Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture +81 965-67-2111
Excellent
54%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Gokanosho

Reviewed By Zackkie - Yatsushiro, Japan

Gokanosho, it means "five-families' shires" if you translate it literally.
In 1185, the Heian era, Heike's forces were defeated by Genji at Dannoura.
A general named Kiyotsune Taira was thought to be dead but the tradition
says he was not. He kept running away from Genji and soon he arrived in
Bungo, Kyusyu where Ogata rules. He got married to Ogata's daughter and
changes his family name into Ogata.
He kept running away moreover for south. Eventually reached to the very
heart of the Mountains of Kyusyu island, where no one could find.
He set the residence there, lived till died.
His grandsons Shiro-Moriyuki,
running out of the time. to be continued...

3. Momigi Suspension Bridge

Momigi Izumicho, Yatsushiro 869-4512, Kumamoto Prefecture +81 965-67-2730
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Momigi Suspension Bridge

Reviewed By silverspire - Singapore, Singapore

if you like Bridges especially suspension ones, you got to see this. we also did not make it as the main entrance to the bridge's parking area had a queue time of 1 hour. we so luckily chanced upon another entrance to another carpark so we took the chance and went there. no regrets! the view is good and you can see gushing water from in between the wooden logs when you look at your feet.

4. Yatsushiro Myouken Sai

Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture
Excellent
28%
Good
65%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

The "Yatsushiro Myouken Sai," held at Yatsushiro Shrine in Kumamoto prefecture, is one of Kyushu's three major festivals, passed down by the townspeople since the end of the Edo period. Visitors will be treated to a lavish portable shrine-transporting procession, roughly 1 km long, that seems to come straight from the Edo period, featuring shishi (lions), kazari-uma (decorated horses), a kida (snake-turtle), and more. The eve of the festival is also packed with attractions and events, including a traditional performance festival, the Yatsushiro food court with its gourmet selection, and a stamp collection event. This festival is one of Japan's Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties.

Reviewed By hfot2 - Vermont

When we first read about the Yatsushiro Myoken Festival we decided we had to visit.
It’s described as one of the 3 greatest festivals in Kyushu. It is definitely a very local event. The town was mobbed with locals and visitors from Kumamoto and beyond, but we saw only five other Westerners there.
The day began for us in the courtyard in front of the JR station. Very convenient if you arrive by train as we did from Kumamoto. The station itself was decorated for the event. Many restaurants sold local specialties as did the souvenir stalls set up for the festival. The TIC right near the exit gave us a map and an English brochure after much searching through files and cabinets.

The main religious event began the night before with the moving of the god of Yatsushiro Shrine to the Shioya-hachiman Shrine, 6 km away for the night and then returning the god to Yatsushiro Shrine the next day which was the day of the festival.
The parade included many Shinto priests; locals carrying nine mikoshi, small in comparison to those of Takayama, for example, but still quite heavy - each one was from one of the 9 wards in the town; several groups of school children; and numerous dancers. Each group or individual stopped in front of the station and performed - a lion dance, a tengu goblin dance, a lively display by a turtle with the head of a dragon, and a young boy performing with the turtle.
The horse event in the space in front of the station is perhaps the most popular. We were glad that they no longer got the horses drunk on sake before running them in the small enclosed space, which definitely could be dangerous; even so it was very exciting and seemed just a bit out of control.
We stood with the locals along the perimeter of the space in front of the station. A series of bleachers at one end had box seats for sale but they were quite expensive and wouldn’t allow one to move around and take photos.
After the parade of mikoshi left the station area we, along with most of the visitors, followed the parade and walked to Yatsushiro Shrine. It was a goodly distance along the main street of town. As we got closer to the shrine food stalls and souvenir shops appeared.
The festival grounds at the temple included all the usual suspects - more food stalls, games, souvenir vendors and displays. The mikoshi were lined up so you could take photos. They were nicely painted and detailed but much smaller than others we’ve seen - small, local festival, small mikoshi. The turtle was also on display and you could pay to climb inside it. Yashushiro Shrine was open and we watched the priests blessing the horses from the morning event.
When we finally had our fill, we got a taxi to take us back to the station. It was a long walk and we were very tired.

5. Sendantodoro Falls

Nitao Izumimachi, Yatsushiro 869-4515, Kumamoto Prefecture
Excellent
27%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Sendantodoro Falls

Reviewed By kitsuko - Chicago

If you drive Route 443 from Miyanohara on the coast (Yatsushiro) and turn right on Route 52 at Hikawa Dam, you'll begin a long climb into the Mountains passing through the high mountain village of Iwaoku before crossing into Gokanosho through a narrow turning tunnel. The descent begins on the eastern side and winds down until a large parking lot opens up on the left and several shops are seen across from the lot. This marks the top of the access to Sendantodoro-no-taki, the highest falls in Kumamoto Prefecture.
To the right of the shops, most of which only open during the fall color viewing season, is a restroom and the start of the trail down to the falls. The trail is paved most of the way and the steep sections have stone steps. Views of the falls begins near the top but the best views don't appear until you reach the bottom. At the bottom is a small picnic shelter that used to have a table but it rotted away and is now only a roof. At the bottom of the falls is a deep pool where you can attempt a swim if you like cold water. Below that pool are several shallow pools that are good for wading or for kids to play in.
The trail continues downward following the stream until it comes to a small suspension bridge next to the road. There are few parking places along this stretch, but if you are in a group, some can continue along the trail to this point while the driver brings the car around to pick them up. Below this bridge are some large pools that are good for swimming.
The Mountains around here are steep and not overly logged, so the indigenous vegetation still remains and provides spectacular colors in the fall (compared to the newly planted cedar slopes). At this time, the roads can actually become crowded. Most of the rest of the year the only traffic seen is a logging truck or the small mail truck.
Once I come this far, I usually continue to Momigi to check out Heike-no-Sato, a museum and historic building display deeper in the Mountains, returning via Umenokinotodoro no taki hanging bridge and Waterfalls to Nihonsugi, where you descend down a steep and windy road to Route 218. This a part of Japan that few go to, even Japanese.
Access is only by your own transportation or a tour out of Kumamoto. I first came up here in 1982 on my Honda motorcycle. The windy roads make it a good tour.

6. Yatsusiro All Japan Fireworks Competition

Kuma River Green, Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture
Excellent
58%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

The Yatsusiro All Japan Fireworks Competition is held on the third Saturday of October in Yatsusiro, Kumamoto Prefecture. It is the only competitive fireworks competition in western Japan. Thirty skilled fireworks experts from around the country congregate to vie for the prize. In addition to the competition, there is a musical fireworks show, with the blasts timed to music, and the "Wide Star Mine," where a huge barrage of fireworks all go up. In total, 12,000 beautiful fireworks illuminate the skies of Yatsusiro. In addition to free Seating along the banks of the Kuma River, there are also special VIP seats to see the action up close.

Reviewed By のんびり巡り - Minato, Japan

全国有名花火師業者が多く技を競う秋の花火大会です。
心地よい涼しい中で観覧できますが、2016年はあいにくの雨での開催でしたが、
今年2017年は第30回で熊本地震復興祈願大会になるので晴れての開催を願うばかりです。
15,000発の大規模な人気る花火大会なので、有料観覧席は早い目に完売しますが、
一部の席はまだ残席があるようです。

7. Hisatsu Orange Railway

Yatsushiro 866-0831, Kumamoto Prefecture +81 965-32-5678
Excellent
28%
Good
72%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Hisatsu Orange Railway

Reviewed By xanctum - 栃木

レストランクルーズトレイン「おれんじ食堂」で有名な肥薩おれんじ鉄道。金曜日の夜限定で運行される「おれんじBAR」に乗ってみました。ワンドリンク・おつまみ1品付きで3,800円です。沿線の酒蔵で作られている焼酎などを味わうことができました。2両の客車に乗客はわずか2名でしたが、ゴトゴト揺られながらのんびりお酒が飲めました。ソフトドリンクもあります。

8. Supension Bridge, Umenoki Todoroki Park

Izumimachi Hagi, Yatsushiro 869-4511, Kumamoto Prefecture
Excellent
22%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Supension Bridge, Umenoki Todoroki Park

Reviewed By 大阪不眠 - Osaka, Japan

日奈久温泉からの帰り道に寄りました。
紅葉の時期に行くと凄い人でした。
車を止める所も少なく、離れた所まで止めに行かされる人もいました。
国道445号は道が細いため、これだけの車が来ると渋滞が酷く、ここを出て熊本空港まで行くのに2時間以上掛かりました。
栴檀轟の滝まで行く遊歩道は短いですが、階段が多くありますので足腰が不自由な方には行けないと思うので注意してください。

9. Yatsushiro City Tourist Information Center

4772-10 Kamihiokimachi | JR Shinyatsushiro Station, Yatsushiro 866-0824, Kumamoto Prefecture +81 965-35-6627
Excellent
10%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 10 reviews

Yatsushiro City Tourist Information Center

Kumamoto Prefecture Yatsushiro tourism Bussan information office. We offer a variety of tourist information of Yatsushiro.

Reviewed By hfot2 - Vermont

We came to Yatsushiro for the Yatsushiro Myoken Matsuri.
When we arrived we stopped at the TIC to get maps and information. The staff initially couldn't find an English map so gave us one in Japanese with pictures. She took us outside of the station and showed us where things were going to happen.
A few minutes later one of the women came out of the station and found us amonsgt the crowds. She had found an English map for us and further information about the festival as well also in English.
Thanks all around. As we left, several hours later, we stopped by the office to thank them again.

10. Shohinken

3-15 Kitanomarumachi, Yatsushiro 866-0865, Kumamoto Prefecture +81 965-33-0171
Excellent
15%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 13 reviews

Shohinken

Reviewed By hir008 - 東京

旧八代城主の松井家の邸宅。かつては、裏手は海辺であったそう。今は、すっかり埋立地が続く。入場料は、500円。国の名勝の指定。庭園が素晴らしい。

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