Kumamoto is a port city and the capital of Kumamoto Prefecture on Kyushu Island, Japan. The city covers a total area of approx 389,53 km2 (150,40 ml2) and has a population of around 731,290 people (2010 census).
- The most famous landmark of the city is Kumamoto Castle, large and extremely well fortified (in its day) Japanese castle. The donjon is a concrete reconstruction created in the 1970s, but a number of ancillary wooden buildings still remain of the original castle, that was assaulted during Satsuma Rebellion and burnt after 53-day siege. It was during that time that the tradition of eating raw horse meat (basashi) originated.
- Kumamoto's downtown area features a commercial district centred on 2 shopping arcades, Kamitori and Shimotori, which extend for a few city blocks. The major department stores are here along with many smaller retailers, bars and restaurants. Many local festivals are held near or in the arcades.
- JR Kumamoto station offers rail links to the extensive rail network of Japan. On March 12, 2011, construction works on the high-speed bullet train (shinkansen) network was finished, establishing a high-speed direct rail link to Tokyo through Fukuoka's Hakata terminus. A number of local taxi companies serve Kumamoto metropolitan area. These are Kumamoto's only 24-hour public transport. Kumamoto Airport is situated in close by Mashiki.
- On January 31, 2017, Yatsushiro (port to Kumamoto) was selected as one of all 6 Japanese ports to receive private funding for structural upgrades of their cruise terminal facilities.
- The project aimed to attract more cruise ships and to increase the number of visiting international passengers. The other ports in that list are Yokohama, Shimizu, Sasebo, Motobu and Miyakojima.
- At the above listed ports, cruise companies will build passenger terminals and other port facilities using their own funds. Other companies and lines / operators will be also allowed to use these facilities. However, the cruise ship companies that will build the new port facilities will be given priority to use the wharfs.
- The companies involved in the port building project are NYK Cruises (subsidiary of the Japanese cargo shipping corporation Nippon Yusen Kaisha / NYK Line) and RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd).
- In 2016, the number of cruise ship visitors to Japan reached 1,9 million. In comparison, 2013 season's statistics showed only 174,000 passengers.
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Kumamoto cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Kumamoto City dock at Yatsushiro port, located to the southwest of the city.
The Kumamoto cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Kumamoto, Yatsushiro, Japan.
If you lose the Kumamoto location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Kumamoto cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Kumamoto, Yatsushiro, Japan. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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22 January, 2018