"Tastes of JAPAN by ANA" is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory.
The oldest hot spring in Kumamoto Prefecture beloved by a renowned poet
Hinagu Onsen is a seaside hot spring town in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto. Famous as the hot spring beloved by renowned haiku poet Santoka Taneda, the townscape of stone-paved streets and ancient board-fenced buildings evoke its 600-year-old history. Explore the tangled streets and feel nostalgic as you encounter many retro shops.
Yatsushiro Myoken Festival
Designated a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Yatsushiro Myoken Festival is held on November 22 and 23 every year and attracts a host of spectators. In the main procession held on November 23, approximately 1,700 participants parade along with floats for around 6 kilometers. The gorgeous floats include a lion and Kida, a mythical creature that is half-turtle and half-snake, which can be up to 5 meters long and rampages around town to the delight of the crowds.
Tategamikyo was created when ancient limestone were eroded by the Hikawa Stream. Also called the Higo-no-Karataki (the empty waterfall of Higo region), the 75-meters-high and 250-meters-wide giant rock face is a marvel to gaze up at from the river bank. The striking contrast of the rugged valley and deep-colored river is further embellished by fresh greenery in the spring and summer and by bright foliage in the fall, creating a stunning scenery for every season.
|Address||516 Hinagunaka-machi, Yatsushiro-shi, Kumamoto|
|Access||Approximately 50 minutes' drive from Aso Kumamoto Airport|
|Inquiries||TEL: 0965-38-0267 (Hinagu Onsen Tourist Information Office)|