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Yamaga (山鹿市) is a small city in Kamoto district of Kumamoto Prefecture. As of March 2021, Yamaga had a population of approximately 25,385 people.

Get in[edit]

Buses run from Kumamoto City, Ozu Town (via Kikuchi) and Setaka (in southern Fukuoka prefecture). All buses go to the Yamaga bus terminal. Kyushu Sanko is the main bus company.

Car is the most convenient way to visit Yamaga. From Kumamoto City drive north on Route 3. From Fukuoka, drive along the Kyushu Expressway, exit at Kikusui and follow signs to Yamaga.

The Kumamoto to Yamaga cycling path begins on the Iseri River behind Kumamoto castle and continues through Ueki Town, central Yamaga ending at the Yamaga museum and cycling terminal.

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Both bicycles and electric bikes are available for rental through the tourist info office (9AM-5PM).

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  • Yamaga City Museum (山鹿市立博物館), 2085 Nabeta, Yamaga, 096-843-1145, [1]. 9AM–5PM, Closed Mon unless holiday. Exhibits relics from Paleolithic times up to the Meiji Era. ¥270.  edit

Yamaga Lantern Dance Festival - Yamaga Toro Matsuri, in Japanese, is held on the evenings of August 15th and 16th every year. One thousand women, dressed in yukata (cotton kimono) and wearing lanterns strapped on their heads, dance elegantly to traditional tunes.

Fudougan(不動岩, Immobility rock)- It is a rock of strange shape made from the metamorphic rock. The height is about 80 meters. It is said that the rock looks like someone's face. The rock is illuminated for a few days twice a year, at Obon in summer and in winter at New Year.

Yachiyoza Kabuki Theater- Yachiyoza is a traditional Kabuki theater built in 1910 and was designated as a National Important Property in 1988. Visitors are welcome to enjoy various performances, as well as just to take a look at the ambience.

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  • Kumairi Hot Spiring Center (熊入温泉センター), 72 Kumairimachi, Yamaga, 096-844-5810. 6AM–10:30PM. With it's history of more than one thousand years, the smooth and clear water of Yamaga hot springs is highly valued in Japan. ¥.  edit

Handball - watch Japan Handball League games Yamaga Culture and Sports Center The OMRON team, based in Yamaga, is in the National Women'ss Handball League. Tickets on sale at the door, 1000yen for adults, or 500 yen for children, There is a season pass for 3000 yen. [2]

Yamaga Toro Roman - Paper Lanterns & Traditional dance every Friday and Saturday night until 24 February lanterns along the street are lit from 5:30 PM Traditional Lantern Dance and Taiko Drum performance at Yachiyoza theater, starting at 8:30 PM, doors open at 7:30 PM, tickets on sale for 500 yen.

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Yamaga Lanterns - Yamaga lanterns are made of only Japanese paper and paste.Their complex structures achieved by the refined craftsmanship are amazing.

Kutami Shibu Uchiwa - Uchiwa is a Japanese traditional paper fan. They are not only of practical use on hot days in summer but also appreciated as art.

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For the latest info on events and sights, contact the Yamaga Commerce and Industry/Tourism Dept. Tel. 096-843-1579

Get out[edit]

  • 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.
  • Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park - A beatiful area of volcanic hiking, with several waterfalls and flower fields.

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