From Aso we drove straight to Kumamoto which was not too faraway. Kumamoto is famous for 2 things: it’s black bear cartoon and the Kagoshima castle.
Kumamoto castle is one of the top 5 castles in Japan but actually it was destroyed by fire during the civil war in the 19th century so this is a rebuilt 1960s version. The castle was featured in Tom Cruise ” The last samurai “. The castle is much more impressive on the outside than inside, but you still need to pay the entrance fee to get a good view since the grounds are quite large.
We had a cheap sushi dinner. It was ok, nothing spectacular. But the fish testes sashimi ( white squiggly things) was delicious.