Check out the Early Summer Josaien Newsletter for info on seasonal foods and souvenirs.
2022 Ice Cream Fair


Kumamoto Castle Samurai Show

■Daily @ 11:30AM

■Shinsuikukan Stage @ Josaien

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

Higomaru Omotenashi Show

■On specific days @ 11:00AM

    and 2:00PM (15 minute show)

■Shinsuikukan Stage @ Josaien

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

Maeda Keiji - Kabukitabi

■Every Fri & Sat, Doors @ 18:30, Start @ 19:00 (at Wakuwakuza)
■Pre-order ¥2,500 (incl tax), Same-day ¥3,000 (incl tax)
  • Same-day tix available after 18:00 at Wakuwakuza
  • There will be no same-day tix available if pre-order is sold out.
  • As a precaution against COVID-19, please write your name and phone number on your ticket before entering. (Personal information will be handled under strict surveillance and will not be used for anything not related to COVID-19.)
  • Children able to sit on parent's lap are free. Children who require a seat must have a ticket.
  • We ask for your cooperation with our COVID-19 precautions.


Further Changes to Operating Hours & Closing of Select Shops

Changes to Operating Hours

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, starting June 1st, souvenir shops will be open from 10:00 to 19:00 and restaurants will be open from 11:00 to 19:00.

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 Josaien

  • 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 Josaien 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 Josaien.

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