After breakfast you will drive to Kumamoto where Japan crushed its last great rebellion and where its imposing castle remains the top attraction of the city. Kumamoto Castle is one is one the largest in Japan and one of the most impregnable one, unfortunately it was damaged in the earthquake of April 2016 but it still worth the trip and it gives you a good chance to see how determined Japanese people are.
Suizenji Garden is another beautiful site in Kumamoto. Built by the Hosokawa family during the 17th century this garden reproduces the 53 post stations of the Tokaido road between Edo/Tokyo and Kyoto. Between Takachiho Gorge and Kumamoto don’t miss the Tsujinkyo Bridge. If you like fruits picking, please let us know the area is notorious for strawberry farms. You will drop off your rental car in Kumamoto.