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Located in the center of Kyushu, Kumamoto is a city of history and culture with abundant nature. Kumamoto continues to develop as an administrative, economic, cultural, medical and educational hub for the region. With a compact cluster of lodging facilities, convention facilities and shopping districts, access to the completed Kyushu Shinkansen since 2011 and a full transition to an ordinance-designated city in 2012, Kumamoto is continuing its transformation into an ever more appealing international city. Kumamoto-jo Castle is the city’s crown jewel, standing proudly despite suffering heavy damage during the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes. With restoration work currently underway, the castle’s appearance changes daily, offering truly unique views of its striking figure. Kumamoto welcomes all visitors to enjoy the city’s history, traditions, local cuisine and other elements of hospitality.


Aso Kumamoto Airport→Kumamoto Sakuramachi Bus Terminal (Kumamoto city center):Approx. 50 min. by airport shuttle bus
Hakata Station→Kumamoto Station:33 min. by train (Shinkansen)

Venues overview

  Facility Rooms
Hotel 66 7,216
Ryokan 26 496
Total 92 7,712


Kumamoto International Convention and Tourism Bureau

Pre-/Post-Convention Programs

Various Sightseeing Spots
Various Sightseeing Spots
Variety of Hands-on Activities
Variety of Hands-on Activities

Local guides will happily guide you through various places such as Kumamoto Castle and hidden sights of the castle town full of emotion. In addition, we will provide a place to interact with local residents with a variety of programs that you can enjoy with all five senses, such as Kumamoto's local cuisine, traditional crafts, and Japanese culture.

Support Programs for Convention

Support for bidding process
Category Type of Support Availability Languages
Site inspection Arranging an inspection trip for site selection English
Support for hosting/preparation
Category Type of Support Availability Languages
PR Support for encouraging participation in the event
Supporting other PR activities English, Chinese
Conference and event preparation Providing information on PCOs, travel agencies and event management companies English
Providing information on reception venues (including unique venues) English
Providing information on related programs (local attractions, traditional performing arts, post-convention programs, sightseeing and hands-on experiences with Japanese culture for persons accompanying conference participants) English
Providing tourism information English, Chinese, Korean, French
Requesting nominal support
Coordinating with relevant organizations
Conference and event operation Arranging reception venues (including unique venues)
Arranging volunteers English, Chinese, Korean
Setting up an information desk English, Chinese, Korean
Providing maps/guidebooks for participants English, Chinese, Korean
Arranging shuttle buses
Providing convention bags
Hospitality Welcome posters and digital signage
Welcome message by the head of the local government
Providing discount tickets to tourist facilities
Providing discounts on public transportation
Dispatching tourism ambassadors
Related programs Making arrangements for attractions and traditional performing arts
Making arrangements for post-convention programs
Making arrangements for sightseeing and hands-on experiences of Japanese culture for persons accompanying conference participants English, Chinese, Korean
Arranging tour interpreters and guides English, Chinese, Korean

Support Programs for Incentive Travel

Support for Promoting Incentive Travel
Type of Support Availability
Site inspection support (provision of accommodation, food, tourist activities) -
Creation of draft proposals, providing information
Support During Incentive Travel
Type of Support Availability
Airport transfer services
Welcome banners
Chartered transport (e.g. coaches)
Prepaid cards for public transport
Venues (MICE facilities, unique venues)
Event management services
Recruiting volunteers to assist at events
Excursions, technical visits etc.
Attractions, entertainment etc.
Experience programs
Local cuisine, traditional cuisine
Greeting at airport or station
Greeting or welcome letter from local government head -
Travel brochures
Discount coupons -
Giveaways -