I traveled to Kumamoto using “Kyushu Fukko Wari” (Kyushu Reconstruction Discount Tickets). Since I was impressed with Kumamon (the local mascot character of Kumamoto Prefecture) at Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016, I decided to visit Kumamoto to see how reconstruction has been moving forward after the strong earthquake. In this article, I will write about departure for Kumamoto as part of Day 1.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Departure for Kumamoto [This article]
* Day 2: Kumamoto Castle
* Day 2: Josaien
* Day 2: Kumamon Square
* Day 2: Kumamoto Night View
* Day 3: Kumamoto Suizenji
* Day 3: Kumamoto Station
* Day 3: Kumamoto Castle (Revisit)
* Day 3: Kumamoto Castle (Evening View)
2016.12.22 – 24
A new series has begun. As the title of the article suggests, I visited Kumamoto with “Kyushu Fukko Wari” (Kyushu Reconstruction Discount Tickets). To begin with, I will write about why I made up my mind to go to Kumamoto.
Kumamon in Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016
It was Kumamon’s stage show in Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016 when I started to have an interest in visiting Kumamoto.
1st Day of Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016 (Related article).
2nd Day of Yuru-chara Grand Prix (Related article).
I was impressed with Kumamon’s performance. Kumamon expressed his gratitude to support and encouragement from all over Japan toward the Kumamoto Earthquake which occurred in April, so I hit on an idea of visiting Kumamoto in the future.
“Kyushu Fukko Wari” (Kyushu Reconstruction Discount Tickets)
Then, I checked “Kyushu Fukko Wari”.
“Kyushu Fukko Wari” is discount tickets to promote tourism in Kyushu, which has been affacted by the Kumamoto Earthquake in April. I found that the deadline of the discount tickets was by the end of this year, so I decided to plan a trip to Kumamoto.
There are several travel booking websites and airlines where “Kyushu Fukko Wari” is applicable for booking. After comparison, I determined to book my tickets at Japan Airlines’ website.
This time, I booked a ticket which included a round-trip flights and accommodation for two nights. I paid only 30,800 JPY using the discount coupon (20,000 JPY) 🙂
Going to Kumamoto
Now the journey has begun. First, I moved to Haneda Airport in the evening after work.
I had a quick dinner at the airport.
I arrived at Aso Kumamoto Airport.
Kumamon welcomed visitors.
Then, I moved to the downtown area of Kumamoto and checked in the hotel (“Dormy Inn Kumamoto”).
Now the 1st day of Kumamoto trip was over.
That’s it for the article about departure for Kumamoto as part of Day 1. In the next article, I will write about Kumamoto Castle as part of Day 2.