Tamana (玉名市) is a city in the northern part of Kumamoto prefecture.
Tamana is both on the JR Kagoshima Main Line as well as the Kyushu Shinkansen.
Tamana is accessible on the Kyushu Expressway E3 at the Kikusui IC.
There are bus stops at the main stations as well as taxi stands.
- Takaseurakawamizugiwa Ryokuchi Park (高瀬裏川水際緑地公園), Takase, Tamana, ☎ 096-875-1124, . A beautiful place for irises from late May to early June. edit
- Rengein Tanjoji (蓮華院誕生寺), 2288 Tsuiji, Tamana, ☎ 096-872-3300, . With a history going back to 1187, this is one of the more notable temples in the region. Includes an ornate altar, 2 pagodas, colorfully painted statues, and koi pond. edit
- Tsukasa no Yu Hot Spring (つかさの湯), 656-1 Ryuganji, Tamana, ☎ 096-872-7777, . 9AM–10PM. Features an excellent collection of baths, steam-rooms, and saunas. There is also a tatami-room for relaxing and a buffet-style dining area. ¥780. edit
- Oama Hot Spring (玉名温泉). Visited by, among others, famed novelist Natsume Soseki.
Kumamoto ramen in the tonkotsu (pork bone broth) style is very popular in Tamana. The city has more than 10 tonkotsu ramen shops, with queues in front of the best ones.
- Kumamoto - Offers several of Kyushu's best sights, including Kumamoto Castle (currently under extensive repairs) as well as the beautiful Suizenji Garden.
- Aso highland area, with an immense caldera, numerous hot spring resorts, fine hiking courses, and an active volcano to look down into when it cooperates.
- Kurume Famous for its ramen noodles, spring azaleas, August fireworks, and Great Buddha.
- Nagasaki One of Japan's most interesting and unique cities, and not at all because of its recent history.
- Yame — Land of Tea, picturesque mountains, also well known for its preserved traditional town houses, crafts, and wisteria.
- Fukuoka Kyushu's largest and most active city, with a relaxing atmosphere, urban nightlife, famous tonkotsu ramen, and several beautiful gardens.
- Shimabara In Nagasaki on the Shimabara Pensinsula is Unzen, another of Japan's finest hot spring areas and site of a live volcano. It offers several places with mountaintop views like the ropeway up to Mt. Myoken, as well as the Unzen Jigoku or Unzen Hell, the sight of sulphuric fumaroles. Shimabara also has some Christian history, including the site of the Shimabara Rebellion in 1637, and you can see a museum and remnants of Shimabara and Hara Castles.
- Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park - A beatiful area of volcanic hiking, with several waterfalls and flower fields.