Josaien is located in Sakuranobaba, at the foot of Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan’s three major castles. It is a popular tourist attraction designed to enhance the appeal of the old castle town and convey to visitors the food, history and cultural traditions of the region from Kumamoto Castle, a symbol of the city of Kumamoto.
Wakuwakuza offers visitors a glimpse at the 300-year history and culture of the region once known as Higo. This virtual representation allows visitors to go back in time and to see, hear and touch the area’s history through the “Tale of Kumamoto Then and Now” exhibit, and to try on traditional Edo-period kimono. Foreign language signs and subtitles ensure visitors enjoy learning more about Kumamoto.
Sakuranokoji brings together 23 shops selling specialty items unique to Kumamoto Prefecture. Restaurants offer an opportunity to enjoy Kumamoto’s distinctive food culture, and many shops sell Kumamoto souvenirs as well as items found only at Josaien.
The Tourist Information Center offers pamphlets and helpful staff to provide information on local tourist attractions. Services are available in English and other languages, and pamphlets and maps are offered in four languages (Japanese, English, Korean and Simplified Chinese). Coin lockers are also available for a refundable deposit.
Hours: ・9:00~17:30 (last admission is5 p.m.) Closed December 29-31.
Hours: ・9:00~17:30 Closed December 30-31.
Hours: ・Souvenir shops: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (March to November) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (December to February) ・Restaurants: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Closed: Varies (individual shops are closed on different days)
|【Individuals】 Adults 300 yen Children (ages 6 through 15) 100 yen 【Groups of 30 or more】 Adults 240 yen Children (ages 6 through 15) 80 yen|
《By bus》 The “Shiromegurin” circle tour bus ※ This bus travels a route from Kumamoto Station and circling the Kumamoto Castle area. Kumamoto Station—Transportation Center—Sakuranobaba Josaien (Travel time: Approximately 15 minutes) City Hall—Sakuranobaba Josaien (Travel time: Approximately 7 minutes) 《By Kumamoto City Tram》 From the Kumamoto Station stop to the Kumamoto Castle/City Hall stop (Travel time: Approximately 15 minutes plus 7 minutes on foot)
《By airport limousine bus》 Kumamoto Airport bus stop—Transportation Center (Travel time: Approximately 40 minutes plus 5 minutes on foot)
|Wheelchairs||Available||Five wheelchairs available for use from the 1st floor reception counter at Wakuwakuza|
|Guide dogs (including assistance dogs)||Allowed||Please note that other pets are not allowed.|
|Multipurpose public restrooms||Available||Located on the 1st and 2nd floors of Wakuwakuza, at the Tourist Information Center and in Sakuranokoji.|
|Foreign language subtitles||Available||Some exhibits at Wakuwakuza are available in Japanese, as well as English, Korean and Chinese|
|Strollers||Available||Two strollers available for loan at the Wakuwakuza 1st floor reception counter.|
|Nursing room||Available||Wakuwakuza 1st floor, Tourist Information Center|
|Diaper changing station||Available||Wakuwakuza 1st floor|
|First aid station||Available||Wakuwakuza 1st floor|
|Vending machines||Available||Outside of Sakuranobaba Josaien|
|Smoking areas||Available||Outside of Sakuranobaba Josaien (smoking prohibited indoors)|
|AED (Automated external defibrillator)||Available||Wakuwakuza 1st floor, Tourist Information Center, and next to Buffet Restaurant Ginnan|
|Parking (Handicap parking)||Fee charged||58 stalls (including five handicap stalls)|
|Motorcycle parking||Fee charged||24 stalls for large bikes, 30 for scooters|
|Coin lockers||Available||Wakuwakuza 1st floor, Tourist Information Center (100 yen coin required, refunded after use)|