Check out the Spring Johsaien Newsletter for info on seasonal foods and souvenirs.
Breakfast Project
Johsaien Castle Town Ice Cream Fair


Kumamoto Castle Samurai Show

■Daily @ 11:30AM

    and 2:30PM (15 minute show)

■Shinsuikukan Stage @ Johsaien

Kato Kiyomasa, builder of Kumamoto Castle, is joined by rotating cast of ten historical compatriots for this exciting and educational performance.

Higomaru Omotenashi Show

■Sat, Sun & Hol @ 11:00AM

    and 2:00PM (15 minute show)

■Shinsuikukan Stage @ Johsaien

Come watch Kumamoto City's mascot Higomaru and his pal Arisa sing and dance. Everyone is welcome.


Further Changes to Operating Hours & Closing of Select Shops

Changes to Operating Hours

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, starting April 13th, souvenir shops will be open from 9:00 to 17:00 and restaurants will be open from 11:00 to 17:00. Some shops will close indefinitely after the 13th, and the following are the shops remaining open and their operating hours.

Yamami Chaya 11:00-16:00 (open until 17:00 on Sat)
Yumeakari 11:00-17:00
Kaimaru (Souvenirs) 10:00 17 00
Kaimaru (Dining) 11:00-16:00 (open until 17:00 on Sat)
TENTE 12:00-17:00
Ocha-no Izumi-en 10:00-17:00
Itsukiya Honpo 10:00-17:00
Suganoya 10:00-17:00 (open Saturdays only)
Mori Karashi Renkon 9:00-17:00

Hours may again change in the event of further spread of coronavirus, etc. Please call 096- 288-5577 (9:30-17:30) for more details.

Precautions Taken at Johsaien

  • Staff are being instructed to wash their hands with soap, gargle, use disinfectant spray on hands, and be mindful when coughing.
  • Staff are instructed to wear masks in order to prevent infection between staff and visitors.
  • Disinfectant spray is available at convenient locations throughout Johsaien for use by visitors.
  • Please maintain distance between others when standing in line.


Map showing area around Sakuranobaba Johsaien

By Shinkansen: Shinkansen to JR Kumamoto Station. East Exit to Tram Line, board A or B towards Kengun. Get off at Kumamoto Castle/City Hall stop. Cross street toward Castle and follow signs to Sakuranobaba Johsaien.

By Bus: Board bus to Kotsu Center. Get off at Kotsu Center, head towards Castle, follow signs to Sakuranobaba Johsaien.