The moment we stepped out of our ferry, we were greeted by Kumamoto’s most famous person: Kumamon. He is literaly everywhere. No kidding. Everywhere. In shops, in hotels, in train stations… But you know what? It’s not annoying at all! Because he’s sooo damn cute!
Waking up early to ride the ferry made us super hungry, so the first thing we decided to do was to eat the famous Kumamoto ramen. Not that I’m a big ramen specialist, but I could definitely see why this ramen is popular. First of all, you notice that the noodles are very thick and then comes the super rich taste of pork broth with strong garlic notes. It is very filling and yummy! But it’s definitely not the kind of food you can eat 3 times a day. One time was more than enough for me for like a week.
Kumamoto trains are so different from Tokyo’s! First of all, there are only two cars and they come with big intervals of about 20 minutes. So if you missed your train, tough luck. The inside of the train is quite spacious, with plenty of sits and areas to stand. I kinda wish Tokyo trains were like that… maybe then the rush hours wouldn’t be so horrible.
Our hotel ended up to be a bit far away from the center of the city and what’s more, quite far away from the nearest station. When we got there, we were near exhausted and decided the rest of the day was going to be just a nice quality chill time. Luckily, there was a nice and beautiful park really close to us. The weather was really nice, so we bought some ice cream in a combini nearby and headed towards the inviting benches…