Today's tour begins at the main attraction of the city, Kumamoto castle. I was hoping that Kyushu would be warmer than Tokyo, and it might be, but it is still very much winter weather unfortunately.
Kyu-Hosokawa Gyobutei, residential mansion of the Lord of the Hosokawa-Gyobu Clan.
Kiyutei Tea House Annex, former extension of the guesthouse.
¥200 for matcha and a snack.
Kiyomasa Kato, a former daimyo in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
Kuroaji ramen at Sansutei.
The former residence of writer/teacher Lafcadio Hearn.
A marker indicating the location of Chiba castle, the former residence of legendary author/samurai Miyamoto Musashi.
Musashizuka Park, that has the grave of Miyamoto Musashi.
The grave site.
I found the one craft beer bar in Kumamoto, Voyager.
Heretic Empire Stout and Sanshiro.
Got a great heads up from the staff at Voyager for a cheap and cheerful izakaya with local food and drink, Negibouzu.
Karashi renkon (lotus root in a spicy mustard coating), local nihonshu, and basashi (raw horse meat-a local specialty).
Another local dish I had never tried, guru guru, a boiled green onion that is tied into a knot after it is boiled, and is served with spicy mustard and miso sauce..