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 Kumamoto station as part of Day 3.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Departure for Kumamoto
* Day 2: Kumamoto Castle
* Day 2: Josaien
* Day 2: Kumamon Square
* Day 2: Kumamoto Night View
* Day 3: Kumamoto Suizenji
* Day 3: Kumamoto Station [This article]
* Day 3: Kumamoto Castle (Revisit)
* Day 3: Kumamoto Castle (Evening View)
2016.12.22 – 24
I left Suizenji Jojuen Garden and moved around Kumamoto station by city tram.
Kumamoto Ramen “Kokutei”
First, I will have a lunch. I decided to have Kumamoto ramen for lunch and did some research in advance.
I visited “Kokutei”.
Let’s enter into the ramen restaurant.
“Kokutei” is one of the famous Kumamoto ramen restaurants in Kumamoto city. When I arrived at the restaurant before 11 a.m., almost all of the seats were already taken.
The shop’s recommendation was ramen with chuck eye roll and egg.
So, I ordered it.
After lunch, I went around Kumamoto station.
I took several photos of city trams from a pedestrian walkway.
Then, I entered into Kumamoto station.
I saw Kumamon several times around here.
There are several local lines around Kumamoto, so I would like to try it next time.
This is the ticket gate for Kyushu Shinkansen bullet train.
There was a Kumamon’s office in the ticket gate.
In addition, there was a big Kumamon object.
Then, I moved to the west side of Kumamoto station. I was able to see Kyushu Shinkansen bullet train over there.
From the bottom.
Strolling around Kumamoto Castle Town
I left Kumamoto station and moved to downtown area by city tram.
I got off the train just before downtown and walked around here.
I just happened to see this photogenic building.
This building used to be a bank.
This was “Nagasaki Jiro Book Store”, which was opened in 1874.
The second floor of the building was a cafe, and I stopped by it for a rest.
You can see city trams from the window of the cafe.
Then, I revisited Kumamoto Castle and I will write about it in the next article.
That’s it for the article about Kumamoto station as part of Day 3. Since downtown area including major tourist spots is a little far from Kumamoto station, tourists may not go around Kumamoto station so much. However, I found walking around Kumamoto station is fun 🙂
In the next article, I will write about revisiting Kumamoto Castle.