Yatsushiro station is the terminating stop on the JR Kagoshima Line from Hakata in Fukuoka, and on the Hisatsu Orange Railway.
Shin-Yatsushiro station, to the northeast, is served by both the JR Kagoshima Line, and the Kyushu Shinkansen from Hakata to Kagoshima.
From Fukuoka, take a Shinkansen train, either the Sakura or Tsubame, to Shin-Yatsushiro. Some trains only go as far as Kumamoto where a transfer to a local to Yatsushiro would be necessary. The shinkansen from Hakata directly to Shin-Yatsushiro takes 49 minutes and costs Y5140.
If you are traveling from Kumamoto, you can take a regular local train (40 minutes; ¥720) or a Shinkansen (12 minutes; ¥1460).
All of these trips are covered under the Japan Rail Pass.
Yatsushiro Castle, . Ruins of the castle are located in the center of the city, Kuma-river's torrent
Shohinken - Within the old castle grounds is the Shohinken Tea House, built in 1688 by the Matsui clan. When built, it was on the shore of Yatsushiro Bay. Now it is well inland. It contains a small museum of Matsui relics as well as a small stroll garden. In May, Higo Irises are in bloom.
777 Steps, Intersection of Route 3 and Rinkosen. Visible from Route 3 (sangousen) are 777 steps leading up the mountain. With markers detailing your progress up and rest benches and gazebos along the way, the stone steps are a good place to get some exercise and be rewarded at the top with a great view of the city.edit
Jusco and Youme Town are both in the city, providing shopping centers of various stores and restaurants.
Enthusiasts of pottery can find three Kodayaki kilns in the area. It's noted for its blue-gray crackled glaze with white inlay. The oldest is the former "Sakai" family kiln. The most famous is the Agano kiln in Hinagu.