Discover Amakusa and Kami Amakusa

Discover the captivating beauty of Amakusa and Kami-Amakusa, two picturesque islands featuring breathtaking scenery and a wealth of attractions. Embark on a thrilling dolphin-spotting cruise along the coast, providing an unforgettable experience as these playful creatures frolic in the waves. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the islands by visiting their numerous historical sites and fascinating museums. Amakusa and Kami-Amakusa offer a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural treasures, and memorable adventures, making them the perfect destinations for a captivating getaway.

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities


Getting around in Amakusa and Kami Amakusa

The easiest way to get around in Amakusa & Kami-Amakusa is by car, since many of the major sights and attractions are not accessible by public transportation.Though, since Amakusa and Kami Amakusa are located very rurally, it is best to rent a car ahead from one of the bigger destinations close by. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

Getting to Amakusa and Kami Amakusa

Nearest Airport:
The nearest and most convenient airport is Aso Kumamoto airport.

  • by car: approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes


Rental cars:

How long to stay in Amakusa and Kami Amakusa

We recommend staying in Amakusa and Kami Amakusa for about one day. 

Seasonal information

The hiking season in this area typically runs from Spring until Autumn.

Scenic Rides:
Scenic boat tours usually close down during the autumn and winter months. We recommend visiting their website for the most up-to-date information. You can find their website by clicking on the respective icon in our customized map above and following the link. 

The swimming season on mainland Japan is usually between July and August. 

Festivals in Amakusa and Kami-Amakusa

There are several festivals here throughout the year. Please be advised that the following list is based upon previous entries of those festivals and that the dates might have changed for the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
For the exact location of any of the festivals listed here, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.

  • Kumamoto Amakusa Shimoda Onsen Festival

    • Date: April 28th

    • Time: 09:00 - 16:00


  • Ushibuka Haiya Festival

    • Date: April 17th until 19th


  • Amakusa Hondo Fireworks Festival

    • Date: July 27th

    • Time: 20:30 - 21:00

Hotels in Amakusa and Kami-Amakusa

Flights to Amakusa and Kami-Amakusa

Nearest Airport:
The nearest and most convenient airport is Aso Kumamoto airport.

  • by car: approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes

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Day trips from Amakusa and Kami Amakusa

Nestled in Nagasaki, Unzen Onsen is Japan's first geopark, boasting a breathtaking volcanic landscape. Bathe in the mineral-rich waters of the hot springs while admiring the stunning surroundings. Delve into ...

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Distance, km: 23.11

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Experience the beauty and cosmopolitan charm of Nagasaki, a city with something for everyone. Enjoy breathtaking harbor views and explore the many parks scattered throughout the city. Indulge in the ...

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Distance, km: 34.63

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Kumamoto, a vibrant city with rich history and culture, is home to one of Japan's most famous castles, Kumamoto Castle. Renowned for its beauty and majesty, the castle attracts visitors ...

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Distance, km: 58.41

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Indulge in relaxation at Ureshino Onsen's numerous hot springs or ascend Mount Kokuzo for a breathtaking view of the town below. For the more adventurous, unleash your inner warrior at ...

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Distance, km: 63.19

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Hitoyoshi, a charming city steeped in history, invites you to explore the ancient ruins of Hitoyoshi Castle. Alternatively, ascend Mount Shiraga for stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area. Hitoyoshi ...

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Distance, km: 66.84

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Yamaga Onsen is the perfect destination for hot spring enthusiasts, boasting over a dozen establishments to choose from. In addition to the world-renowned springs, be sure to visit the Kumamoto ...

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Distance, km: 71.44

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