What to do and see in Hitoyoshi, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

July 25, 2017 Jana Sager

Discover the best top things to do in Hitoyoshi, Japan including JR Kyushu Isaburo Shimpei, Aoiaso Shrine, Sengetsushuzo, Hitoyoshi Rail Museum Mozoca Station 868, Hitoyoshi Castle Ruins, Hitoyoshijo Castle History Museum, Yatakegoe, Eikokuji, Den-en Symphony, Hitoyoshi City Tourist Information Center.
Restaurants in Hitoyoshi

1. JR Kyushu Isaburo Shimpei

Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto Prefecture
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 79 reviews

JR Kyushu Isaburo Shimpei

Reviewed By ivyursula - Hong Kong, China

Actually, we started our journey from Hakata to Kumamoto via Shinkansen, then "Steam Locomotive Hitoyoshi" (SL人吉, a traditional steam train) to Hitoyoshi, right after "Isaburo Shimpei" to Yoshimatsu, also "Hayato No Kaze Express" to Kagoshima Chuo Station.
Apart from the beautiful scenery from the trains, definitely you should try the snack or bento from individual trains or Hitoyoshi Station, also don't forget to stamp a memory card which is available on all trains.
Highly recommend everyone to buy the 3 or 5-day JR Pass (for whole Kyushu area), well plan your itinerary and reserve your seat at JR service counter at those main stations (e.g. Hakata, Kumamoto) more in advance.

2. Aoiaso Shrine

118 Kamaoi-cho, Hitoyoshi 868-0005, Kumamoto Prefecture +81 966-22-2274
Excellent
31%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 155 reviews

Aoiaso Shrine

Reviewed By GGHolliday - Hong Kong, China

Aso Shrine was founded in 806 AD. The present shrine was constructed in early Edo period 1609-1613, regarded as protector of the land in Kuma district. This shrine had a distinctive architecture in Momoyama style, coated in black with steep thatched roof and decorated with detailed engravings and intricate patterns.
Aoi Aso Shrine and its 5 pavilions were appointed as National Treasures of Japan in 2008.
It was a short walk of around 8 minutes from Hitoyoshi station and signified by the pleasant red bridge over the lotus pond on the front gate.

3. Sengetsushuzo

1 Sinmachi, Hitoyoshi 868-0052, Kumamoto Prefecture +81 966-22-3207
Excellent
38%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Sengetsushuzo

Reviewed By Kekoa303 - Hilo, Hawaii

Sengetsu Shuzo - Is Japan's Shochu Award Winning Shochu (Kawabe) factory, where you can get a free shochu factory tour and shochu tasting at the 111 year-old factory. I was with a group of five people and were given a factory tour and a tasting of about 8 different rice shochu, called Kuma Shochu, including 2 award winning shochu, including "Kawabe", and "Mai Sengetsu". The tour takes about 10 minutes, after which you can have your tasting. If you are interested in buying some shochu, there is a great deal for sale in the tasting room, along with some food products made in the local area. The factory is located about 5 minutes by taxi, or 15 minutes by walking. I would highly recommend this free tour.

4. Hitoyoshi Rail Museum Mozoca Station 868

343-14 Nakaaoimachi, Hitoyoshi 868-0008, Kumamoto Prefecture +81 966-22-2111
Excellent
34%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 35 reviews

Hitoyoshi Rail Museum Mozoca Station 868

Reviewed By GGHolliday - Hong Kong, China

This funny railway museum highlighted the establishment of Hisatsu line, displaying its history through video and models. There was food outlet, shop for souvenirs and stationaries, a small splash pool, and an Observatory deck at 2-3/F level. Kids must have lots of fun riding on the mini-train from indoor of Mozoca station to outdoor Hitoyoshi station.
This circular building was just 2 minutes walk from Hitoyoshi station.

5. Hitoyoshi Castle Ruins

Fumotomachi, Hitoyoshi 868-0051, Kumamoto Prefecture
Excellent
8%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 69 reviews

Hitoyoshi Castle Ruins

Reviewed By GGHolliday - Hong Kong, China

The Castle was located by the river bank of Kuma river. It was the home of Sagara clan for about 700 years. Needed to walk uphill to reach the castle ruins, in fact, only the remains of walls were left. Not much to see.

6. Hitoyoshijo Castle History Museum

18-4, FumotomachI, Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto Prefecture +81 966-22-2324
Excellent
32%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

Hitoyoshijo Castle History Museum

Reviewed By GGHolliday - Hong Kong, China

The Museum by the Kuma river bank has exhibits of evolution of landuse, history of shogun, landlords and ceramic chinas found underground. The special part of museum showed a possible underground well as part of the dwelling of landlord. 2 minutes walk away from the museum, there was another display of a well which allowed for photos.
Only 100-150 yen admission fee

7. Yatakegoe

Onomachi, Hitoyoshi 868-0812, Kumamoto Prefecture
Excellent
36%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Yatakegoe

Reviewed By 親方クロさん - Osaka, Japan

肥薩線の人吉駅から観光列車の「いさぶろう・しんぺい」に乗車して、吉松駅に向かう途中、大畑駅を過ぎ、スイッチバックの後、矢岳駅に到着。矢岳駅から次の吉松駅の間には、霧島山の大景観が広がります。列車はいったん停止してくれ、この景観をじっくりとまぶたに焼き付かせてくれました。矢岳駅に併設する展示館にはD51が展示されていました。明治時代の山岳路線は、まさに鉄道遺産ともいうべき路線でした。

8. Eikokuji

5 Dotemachi, Hitoyoshi 868-0057, Kumamoto Prefecture +81 966-22-2458
Excellent
20%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
35%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 34 reviews

Eikokuji

Reviewed By GGHolliday - Hong Kong, China

Eikokuji was on one of the main road, cemetery was on both side to the path leading to the temple. Atmosphere was not good. Better not to go in as there were much more attractive shrines to visit in Kyushu.

9. Den-en Symphony

Hitoyoshi 868-0008, Kumamoto Prefecture +81 966-23-5011
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Den-en Symphony

Reviewed By chacha船橋 - 千葉県船橋市

球磨川鉄道の観光案内つきの限定列車が田園シンフォニーのようですが、一般ダイヤの車両も同じ車両を使っています。明るいリビング風の内装がなんともかわいいです。沿線にもう少し華が欲しいのだけど。

10. Hitoyoshi City Tourist Information Center

326-1 Nakaaoimachi | JR Hitoyoshi Station premises, Hitoyoshi 868-0008, Kumamoto Prefecture +81 966-22-2411
Excellent
45%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Hitoyoshi City Tourist Information Center

Reviewed By Rubpy - Sao Paulo, SP

Right next to the train station, here is the place to get most important information about Hitoyoshi, map and places to visit. They also made reservation of river cruise, and a short cut to get Aoiado Shrine. Thanks!

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