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There are many traditional events that have been handed down from ancient time in various parts of Kumamoto prefecture. Festivals and dances that have been passed down since ancient times are held every year. In addition, Ariake Sea - Yashiro Sea, the only place in Japan where "Mutsugoro" (a kind of fish famous in Japan) inhabits, has the largest dry beach in Japan and is a unique and valuable sea area in the world.

Climate (temperature / precipitation)



Source:Japan Metrogical Agency

The average annual temperature in Kumamoto is about 16 to 17℃. In the summer, the temperature can reach over 35℃. Although the amount of snow in winter is relatively small, it may be a winter day with the lowest temperature of 0 ℃ or less.

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Foods recommended by locals

Horse meat sashimi

pic_dummy.pngCompared to beef and pork, horse meat is low in calories, low in fat, low in cholesterol and high in protein, and is attracting attention as a healthy food. Especially in Kumamoto prefecture, fresh horse meat is easily available, making it a popular ingredient.

Karashi renkon

pic_dummy.pngA dish in which miso mixed with mustard is stuffed into a lotus root hole, battered and fried in oil. It is widely known as being good for nutrition-tonic.

Famous places / spots recommended by locals

Kurokawa Onsen

pic_dummy.pngA hot spring resort located in the northeastern part of Kumamoto prefecture that blends into the idyllic rural landscape. The open-air bath that makes the most of nature is attractive!
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pic_dummy.pngLocated in a corner of Aso-Kuju National Park, where it is a spot that able to enjoy the forest covered with virgin forest and the colorful leaves in autumn.
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