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Kumamoto Gourmet in different seasons, from seas and mountains

KUMAMOTO Blessed with Rich Water

Kuma Shochu
Kuma Shochu

Kumamoto is honored as a capital of water, where 8 places of famous water are located ranking the most within Japan. Made of the large-scaled eruptions of Aso Volcanos, an enormous land of Kumamoto is rich in tiny holes between layers where the characteristic of soaking in water is gifted. As the result, the raining water can easily soak into underground, and the quality water can richly be reserved. The rich water helps developing the eco system and producing rich soil ingredients, which in turn flourish the food culture of Kumamoto. On the other hand, Aso area is surrounded by mountains, and produces high-quality Japanese beef, called Red Beef, which is healthy because of only containing a small amount of fat, but maintaining its rich flavor and tenderness.
Integrating with rich water, delicious rice, and other sake-brewing conditions, Kuma area is the holy land of Shochu, with the history of 500 years from 28 breweries and more than 200 brands. Kuma Shochu is the representative brand which proudly adopts the name of the area, just like Scotch whiskey, Bordeaux whiskey, Cognac brandy ,and Chablis wine. Also, Kuma Shochu is one of the few brands which are protected as a geographical indication by the WTO. Welcome to enjoy the world-class taste and aroma.

AMAKUSA:Jewelry Box from the Seas

Sushi in Amakusa
Sushi in Amakusa

Not just surrounding by mountains, Kumamoto is also rich in fresh seafood from Ariake Sea, Amakusa Beach, and others. Amakusa area is surrounded by the seas, and famous for its fresh seafood such as sea urchin, Japanese lobster, and octopuses, etc. It is just like a jewelry box from the seas. Many sushi restaurants compete each other with their own unique technics and flavors.

Shopping ARCADES:the City Centre of Kumamoto

Shimo-Tori
Shimo-Tori

The city centre is within a walking distance from Kumamoto Castle, where so called the largest shopping arcades in Western Japan, the arcades of Shimo-Tori/Kami-Tori/Shinshigai have an amazing selection of restaurants and Japanese Taverns. You can enjoy a variety of local cuisines made from fresh ingredients. Choices from traditional meals, seasonal cuisines from mountains and seas, to creative dishes with local ingredients and etc, where you can taste a variety of Kumamoto’s deliciousness at ease and even until late night.

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