Located in front of the towering Kumamoto Castle, Sakuranobaba Josaien consists of three sections to guarantee tourists a thorough cultural experience. Firstly, the Wakuwaku Za offers an interactive exhibition for visitors to learn about the history of the city and the castle, and also a dress-up corner that provides historical costumes. There are also VR videos to introduce Kumamoto Castle and theatrical plays that present historical stories.
After the informational indoor experience, get some fresh air in the shopping arcade Sakuranokoji, the best place in town to pick up souvenirs. Don’t miss out on the local delicacies such as basashi (raw horsemeat), Kumamoto ramen made with garlic chips and pork broth, and karashi renkon (spicy lotus root snack).
Even for those who are not intending to spend a penny, the shopping street is a pleasant walk, designed to look like a traditional castle town during the Edo period. Also, keep an eye out for the adorable statues of bear mascots and cast members who are dressed up in ninja outfits. Lastly, the tourist information office is available for visitors who have any inquiries.