【Rugby World Cup 2019 SPECIAL EDITION】WELCOME TO KUMAMOTO!(Food&Service map・Information)

International Sports Tournament Special! Food&Service map

Teams from France, Uruguay, Wales, and Tonga are set to battle it out in Kumamoto as part of the Rugby World Cup 2019™, and so we put together a list of places where you can try some of the foods from each team’s country/region! We hope that both visiting rugby fans and locals will learn a bit about the world and try something new and delicious!

(Foods from each country/area include foods from the same region/continent)

Great for both shopping & dining!

The Kumamon IC Card is a prepaid card that is accepted on trams, buses, and electric railways within the prefecture, as well as participating restaurants and more. Spend money with your card to earn points that can be exchanged for shopping rewards.

Accepted by:

・Sanko Bus Group
・Kumamoto Dentetsu (bus/train)
・Kumamoto Bus
・Kumamoto Toshi Bus
・Kumamoto Tram
(no points awarded for tram)

Where to buy an IC Card

Available at the above bus/tram/train ticket desks, on-board (w/o personalization), participating shops (w/o personalization). Kumamon IC Card not available for purchase on trams. Price: ¥2000 (including ¥500 deposit).

(C)2010 kumamoto pref. kumamon #20348

(C)2010 kumamoto pref. kumamon #20348

Produced by: Kumamoto International Sports Promotion Office, Higo Bank, Kumamoto Nichinichi Shimbun
With help from: Tokai University Kumamoto Campus

This project was planned by the Kumamoto International Sports Promotion Office, Higo Bank, and Kumamoto Nichinichi Shimbun

with interviews conducted by Tokai University Students! Let’s make sure the Rugby World Cup 2019™ is a huge success!


Rugby World Ranking 8th(as of 9/2)

Featuring their distinctive style of ‘champagne rugby’, France’s team is known for spreading its players out and passing the ball around to create stunning plays! Of course, nothing goes better with a match of French rugby than a glass of champagne!

(1)Taste the Seasons with Fresh French Cuisine

Assiette de Kimura/french

A popular eatery offering carefully prepared meals at reasonable prices. This dish features perfectly seared sous-vide Kumamoto Akaushi wagyu with fresh, thick-cut foie gras and figs from neighboring Uto. Customers in-the-know try to get window seats overlooking the castle walls and moat.

Healthy Akaushi wagyu seared til crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside!

Healthy Akaushi wagyu seared til crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside!

Assiette de Kimura

Sakuramachi 2-23, Chuo-ku

TEL 096-288-1591

Tue: 18:00-22:00,
Wed-Sun/hol/day before hol: 11:30-15:00, 18:00-22:00
(call for details)

Mondays, other days



(2)Luxurious, refined outdoor dining

Unfurl/beer garden

The grilled Kyushu chicken is cooked until crispy yet juicy and topped with a light and tangy sauce. The pasta tossed in an entire wheel of parmesan cheese is a treat both for the eyes and the mouth!

Popular Choices

1.Parmesan Wheel Pasta
2.Kaen Fish & Chips
3.Black Angus Steak

Local grilled Kyushu chicken ¥1,800 (tax excl)

Local grilled Kyushu chicken ¥1,800 (tax excl)


COCOSA 5F, Shimotori 1-3-8, Chuo-ku

TEL 080-8597-4404


Open every day (seating is outdoors so may be closed due to weather).



(3)A European-style bar in Kumamoto!

Joulium/european cuisine

Enjoy dishes made with local Kumamoto ingredients paired with wines starting at ¥250 (tax inc)/glass! Assorted cheeses, baguette, and some wine is the perfect post-match snack!

Assorted French cheeses ¥1,680, wine ¥250 & up (tax inc)

Assorted French cheeses ¥1,680, wine ¥250 & up (tax inc)

Popular Choices

1.Pâté de Campagne
2.Veggie-Filled Quiche
3.Charcoal-Grilled Aso-ou Wagyu Rump Steak


Rise Shimotori EXE 1F, Chuogai 2-3, Chuo-ku

TEL 096-288-2565

18:00-1:00 (2:00 on Fri, Sat, day before hol)


VISA/Mastercard/ Amex/JCB/DINERS



Rugby World Ranking 19th(as of 9/2)

Uruguay is a Latin country in South America where Spanish is the common tongue and rugby and soccer are popular sports. Uruguay is also renowned for its beef and wine!

(4)Enjoy Mediterranean Delicacies

cocina uchida/dining bar

An eatery with an exotic atmosphere that features regular live music performances and cheerful staff who are always happy to chat and make you feel welcome. The most popular dish is sliced-to-order Jamón de Teruel cured ham, and the only thing that makes it even better is a glass of something nice to wash it down with!

Lamb asado ¥1,000 (tax excl)

Popular Choices

1.Jamón de Teruel (cured ham)
2.Seafood Paella
3.Tortilla (Spanish omelet)

cocina uchida

IK Bldg. 2F, Shinshigai 10-7, Chuo-ku

TEL 096-288-5295

11:30-15:00, 18:00-24:00(lunch on Sat, Sun, hol)




(5)Kumamoto Meats Served Churrasco-Style!

TERRACE/churrasco dining

A churrasco restaurant in a historical renovated Western-style house. Dinner is all-you-can-eat local Kumamoto beef, pork, chicken, and horse! The Texas-style American BBQ made once daily is also by itself worth the trip.

Churrasco (evening) ¥3,800 (tax excl)

Churrasco (evening) ¥3,800 (tax excl)

Popular Choices

1.Kumamoto Pork
2.Yamaga Chicken
3.Ajisai Beef


Suidocho 3-38, Chuo-ku

TEL 096-245-7518

11:30-15:00, 18:00-23:00 (final seating: 1hr before close)

Open every day




Rugby World Ranking 4th(as of 9/2)

Wales is a country located to the east of England boasting a rugby team feared the world round. Famed also for its whiskies made from plentiful and delicious waters, Wales is also a big beer consuming nation.

(6)Rooftop Restaurant with Kumamoto Beers and a Beer-Loving Owner!

World Beer Terminal Kaen/beer hall

Offering 10 different beers on tap, including selections made by Kaen using local Kumamoto ingredients. And nothing goes better with a Kaen beer than some of their beer-batter fish & chips. This may be your only chance to try some beer from Kumamoto, so stop by and try a few!

NY-Style Fish & Chips (full size) ¥1,580 (tax excl)

NY-Style Fish & Chips (full size) ¥1,580 (tax excl)

Popular Choices

1.NY-style Fish & Chips
2.Teppan-Grilled Kumamoto Beef
3.New Zealand Oysters

World Beer Terminal Kaen

130 seats Nadel Bldg. 5F, Shimotori 1-3-1, Chuo-ku

TEL 096-288-3434

Mon-Thu, day before hol: 17:00-24:00, Fri & Sat 15:00-1:00, Sun & hol 15:00-24:00



(7)Get fired up with whiskies & beers from around the world!


Popular for its fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, and Guinness-stewed beef, made with slow cooking beef in demiglace sauce and Guinness beer until tender and flavorful. Planned to offer viewings of Rugby World Cup 2019™matches, so come enjoy a pint and a match!

Popular Choices

1.Fish & Chips
2.Shepherd’s Pie
3.Guinness-Stewed Beef

Guinness-stewed beef ¥790 (tax excl)

Guinness-stewed beef ¥790 (tax excl)


DK Bldg. 1F, Shimotori 1-4-15, Chuo-ku

TEL 096-355-0002

18:00-1:00 (2:00 on Sat, day before holiday)




(8)A world beer-tasting tour in Kumamoto

Oden/beer restaurant

Many visitors quench their thirst at Oden, a European style beer restaurant open since 1985. The specialties are hand-made ham and sausage.

Popular Choices

1.Our Original Grilled Sausage
3.Hoppel Poppel (Country-Style Omelet)

Smoked Ham & Sausage Platter

Smoked Ham & Sausage Platter


Ginza Bldg. 1F & 2F, Shimotori 1-9-8, Chuo-ku

TEL 096-325-9230

11:00-24:00 (lunch until 15:00)

Open every day




Rugby World Ranking 15th(as of 9/2)

An island nation floating on the Pacific in the Southern Hemisphere famed for its pre-game Sipi Tau dance. Like Japan, Tongans eat raw fish, too!

(9)Rare meats and beers from the South Pacific!

Manly Kumamoto /cafe & bar

Featuring a variety of adventurous dishes from Oceania, including crocodile feet and ostrich, all in a spacious semi-open dining bar.

Crocodile Foot Tax incl ¥2,000-3,000 (market price)

Crocodile Foot Tax incl ¥2,000-3,000 (market price)

Popular Choices

1.Ricotta Cheese Pancakes
2.Crocodile Foot
3.Crocodile Karaage

Manly Kumamoto

Minamitsuboi 5-29, Chuo-ku

TEL 096-223-5388

11:30-17:00, 18:00-24:00 (Sat, Sun, hol: 11:00-1:00)

Open every day

VISA/Mastercard/Amex/JCB(min ¥3000 charge for cards)


The place to go if you need help!

Kumamoto DMC Tour Plaza Kamitori

Tour Plaza Kamitori is a comprehensive support desk for foreign visitors. Staff who speak Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean are always on duty. If you need tourist info or have any other problems, come here and we’ll help!

Kumamoto DMC Tour Plaza Kamitori

Hours: 10:00-17:00
Closed: Sat, Sun, holidays


Official Downtown Info Booths

For event and tournament info! English OK!

Information booths are located at 4 points in the downtown area offering info on events in the area, directions, and restaurant/shop information. Each booth will have English-speaking assistants on-call, so feel free to stop by if you have a question!

Dates available:

10/5 (Sat), 6 (Sun), 12 (Sat), 13 (Sun)

Info on Aso & North Kumamoto

Aso is one of Kyushu’s top tourist spots and boasts absolutely magnificent scenery. Take a trip to the northern side of the prefecture for some tasty food and a museum dedicated to Japan’s first marathon runner!

(A)Minamiaso Holiday Park

A great new place in Minamiaso to discover new goods, people, and activities

This complex was built on a hilly area surrounded by trees just to the right of the Tawarayama Tunnel entrance to Minamiaso. The 10,000-square meter site has a farmer’s market with fresh vegetables and souvenirs from all over the prefecture as well as a buffet restaurant where you can enjoy meals made with locally grown produce. Minamiaso Holiday Park is also a popular spot because it boasts great views overlooking the peaks of Mt. Aso. Be sure to visit a few of the tasty restaurants here and don’t miss the Jionga Hero Show!

https://holiday-park.jp(in Japanese)

Left: “We want you to buy, eat, play, and completely enjoy your holiday,” says Mr. Sato, in charge of Public Relations. Live concerts and other events are also held throughout the year. Right: Catch the Jionga Show held 3 times/day (on weekends & holidays)

Minamiaso Holiday Park

Address: 3480-1 Kain, Minamiaso
TEL: TEL 0967-65-8466
Hours: Farmer’s Market 9:00-18:00 Restaurant 11:00-16:30
(Closes at 17:00 on holidays, last entry 30 min before closing)
(Some dining facilities have different hours)
Open Year-Round
Price: Buffet ¥1500 (JHS students and older, weekends & holidays ¥1800),
Seniors over 65 ¥1200 (weekends & holidays ¥1400),
3yo to elementary school ¥700 (weekends & holidays ¥800), under 3 free
URL: https://holiday-park.jp/

(B)Aso Adventure Trucks

These treaded Adventure Trucks make their debut in western Japan on top of Mt. Aso! Feel all the ups and downs of the rough terrain as you take in the mountain air, explore the wilderness of Aso, and marvel in its natural beauty. Tell us you saw us in Spice and we’ll throw in the extra tour option for free!

http://www.aso.ne.jp/~natureland/truck/(in Japanese)

Aso Adventure Trucks

Address: 1092-1 Uchinomaki, Aso (Aso Nature Land)
Meeting place: Near Aso Heliport (Kurokawa, Aso City)
TEL: 070-4282-3247, 0967-32-4196
Hours: 11:00-17:00 (last reservation 16:30) Closed: Mon-Thu (open holidays)
Price: Adventure ride ¥3000/person, Panorama course option ¥1000/person
URL: http://www.aso.ne.jp/~natureland/

(C)Cafe Tsubaki

Read Buddhist texts and enjoy authentic Buddhist vegetarian cooking at this temple cafe born out of the wish to bring Buddhism closer to more people. Lunches prepared by temple master Ms. Kosho are limited to 10 meals a day by reservation. Come spend a special time in this 100-year old renovated old farmhouse.

http://cafetubaki.com(in Japanese)

Cafe Tsubaki

Address: 25 Ichinose, Kikuchi
TEL: 0968-33-4233
Hours: 11:00-17:00
Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Friday
Price: Lunch ¥2000 (limited to 10 per day, reservations required)
URL: http://cafetubaki.com/

(D)Idaten Taiga Drama Museum

This is where you can experience the world of the Taiga drama Idaten. In response to part 2 of the drama having started, some of the exhibition contents were renewed in July. The contents of the exhibition can also be enjoyed by those who have already visited, with panels for new personalities who appear in the drama and changes to the theater footage having been made.

https://kanakurishisou-taiga.com(in Japanese)

Idaten Taiga Drama Museum

Address: 163 Hanegi, Tamana
TEL: 0570-06-5588
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (last admission is 16:30)
Open Year-Round
Price: ¥600 for HS students and up, ¥300 for ES and JHS students
URL: https://kanakurishisou-taiga.com/

Info on Amakusa & South Kumamoto

Below are spots in Amakusa and southern Kumamoto where you can experience the sparkling blue Ariake and Shiranui Seas and Kyushu’s mountainous areas carpeted in deep green foliage.

(A)Tri-religion Goshuin in Sakitsu

The world's first red ink stamp booklet to commemorate World Heritage registration

Goshuin are stamps you can purchase from shrines and temples you visit, but Sakitsu is the first to offer them for three different religions. These booklets were issued in commemoration of Sakitsu Village being registered as a World Heritage site last year. In Amakusa, the Shikoku-
pilgrimage-esque Tour of 88 Sacred Sites in Amakusa, which was revived five years ago and now visits local churches and shrines, is truly unique to the Amakusa area. The goshuin booklet is drawing attention in Christian circles, as it is the world’s first Christian stamp for a religion that traditionally has no goshuin culture.

http://amakusan-timetrip.info/(in Japanese)

Left: Rare trifold goshuin booklet with three stamps (red is currently sold out). As well as those shown in the photo, there is also a ¥2,100 commemorative edition to mark the new Reiwa era (new Imperial era beginning May 1, 2019). Right: You can get a red ink stamp at Fuoken.

Left: Rare trifold goshuin booklet with three stamps (red is currently sold out). As well as those shown in the photo, there is also a ¥2,100 commemorative edition to mark the new Reiwa era (new Imperial era beginning May 1, 2019).
Right: You can get a red ink stamp at Fuoken.

Tri-religion Goshuin in Sakitsu

Address: 342 Sakitsu, Kawauramachi, Amakusa (Fuoken)
TEL: 0969-23-3276(Minano Buddhist Pilgrimage Center)
Hours: 9:30-16:30
Closed: No set schedule
Price: Trifold goshuin booklet = ¥500, ¥1,500 (goshuin charged separately)
URL: http://amakusan-timetrip.info/

(B)Ashikita Ebian

The seas of Ashikita are famous for Utasebune, a traditional fishing boat unique to the area, and the fishermen’s wives cook fresh seafood meals caught on the boats. Ebian specializes in ashiaka shrimp and ishi shrimp. The Ashiaka Shrimp Tendon (¥1,800) is a popular dish consisting of two ashiaka shrimp and fresh vegetable tempura topped with a tasty shrimp sauce.

Ashiaka shrimp may be unavailable due to weather, etc.

http://www.ashikita-ebian.com(in Japanese)

Ashikita Ebian

Address: 2963-11 Hakariishi, Ashikita-machi, Ashikita-gun
TEL: 0966-83-8888
Hours: 11:00-15:00 (last order is 14:30)
Closed: Wednesday
URL: http://www.ashikita-ebian.com/

(C)Keiryu Villa Itsuki

Itsuki is home to starry skies and the clear waters of the Kawabe River, and a new villa campground that lets you enjoy all this opened here this year in April. Enjoy glamping in our private villas, and indulge in a delicious Dutch oven-prepared meal at Keiryu Grill. The Forest Playground features a bouldering space, dog park, and hammocks and is available to day visitors as well.

https://keiryuvilla.com(in Japanese)

Keiryu Villa Itsuki

Address: 2859-7 Ko, Itsuki, Kuma
TEL: 0966-29-8055
Check-in: 15:00 / Check out: 11:00
Closed: No set schedule
Price: ¥20,000/person/night (includes 2 meals)
URL: https://keiryuvilla.com/

(D)Kuma River Boating

Boating down the swift rapids of the Kuma River in a wooden boat dates back more than 100 years. A new boat was introduced this year that was designed by renowned designer Eiji Mitooka and is easier for people with physical disabilities to ride. The boat is painted in a traditional lacquer and is a thing of beauty on the water.


Kuma River Boating

Address: 333-1 Shimoshinmachi, Hitoyoshi City
TEL: 0966-22-5555
Departure times: 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 (depends on season)
Closed: No set schedule
Price: Seiryu course (about 50 min) for JHS students and up: ¥3,000
*Extra charge of ¥500 if you wish to ride the new boat.
ES students: ¥1,600, kids >3 years old: ¥1,000, kids <3 years old: free URL: https://www.kumagawa.co.jp/

All the Best Kumamoto Info in One Single Site

The Kumamoto Prefecture Official Kumamoto Tourism Guide

All visitors to Kumamoto, whether from within Japan or from overseas, need information on sightseeing, food, and accommodations, and the Official Kumamoto Tourism Guide is your one-stop-shop for all this info and more. Visit this site to help make the most out of your time in Kumamoto.

5 Special Features of the Kumamoto Guide Website

From sightseeing info to useful tips, this website has all you need to make your stay fun and rewarding.

(1)5-Language Support

In addition to Japanese, the Kumamoto Tourism Guide is available in English, Chinese, Korean, German, and French! Chinese is available in both traditional and simplified, meaning visitors from all different countries can find out information useful for their stay in Kumamoto.

(2)Info on Sightseeing, Accommodations, Souvenirs and More, All in one Site!

The Kumamoto Tourism Guide site features useful information on sights, food, souvenirs, activities, and more. Information is organized conveniently so that you can search by what you want to see, eat, or buy and find what you want quickly and easily.

Under the Kumamoto Gourmet section, recommended shops are listed for each famous Kumamoto dish, so you can find exactly where to go to get the meal you want!

(3)Recommended Tour Routes to See the Best Sights

We’ve come up with a number of recommended routes to tour Kumamoto, with an emphasis on efficiency and showing you the best sights and things to eat, etc. We’ve got single-day courses as well as ideas for 2-day 1-night and even 3-day 2-night trips throughout Kumamoto Prefecture.

Featuring a wide variety of routes, from ones that show off all the popular spots, to others that bring you to the most photogenic locations, and more!

(4)Lots of Useful Info to Help You on Your Travels!

The Kumamoto Tourism Guide puts all kinds of info to make your trip easier right at your fingertips. Tourist info centers, volunteer guides, Wi-Fi spots, car and bicycle rentals, directions and more are organized based on different areas in the prefecture so you can find out what you need, when you need it.

(5)For When You’re Low on Time and Need Some Quick Info... (in Japanese only)

If you’ve ever found yourself in the conunundrum of wanting to find something out quick but don’t have time to read through long webpages, the Kumamoto Tourism Guide offers quick 5-minute primers on interesting parts of Kumamoto. Learn about Kumamoto’s culture and traditions, food and hot springs, that loveable mascot Kumamon, and more!

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