Kumamoto prefecture is one of those places in Japan that’s got everything you need for a quintessential travel experience. Famous historical attractions? There’s Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan’s most famous castles. Famous mascot? There’s Kumamon, the most famous mascot in Japan. Day trip to an onsen? There’s Kurokawa Onsen.
What’s not been talked about, however, is Kumamoto’s cuisine which will surely keep travellers coming back. Here are some of the prefecture’s delicacies that you should try.
1. Kumamoto ramen
2. Chestnut-infused desserts
Chestnuts (marron in Japanese) are one of Kumamoto’s famous exports, and the prefecture ranks second in the total volume of chestnut production. These fruits bear an earthiness to them and produce a buttery, sweet flavour after being roasted — mainly incorporated into sweets in Japan, the presence of chestnuts in many a dessert can be seen everywhere: infused into whipped cream for a Japanese mont blanc, baked into a pie or cheesecake, or even stuffed into mochi and sold as a daifuku — the latter boasts a combination of springy textures of mochi and roasted buttery textures of chestnut, making a great snack best enjoyed with black coffee or tea.