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Introducing Shimabara

This relaxed castle town (and ferry gateway to Kumamoto) flows with springs so clear that koi-filled waterways line the street. The springs first appeared following the 1792 eruption of nearby Mt Unzen, and the town still vividly recalls the deadly 1991 eruption, commemorated with a harrowing museum. Other attractions to note include the reconstructed Shimabara castle, a samurai street and a reclining Buddha. The Tourist Information Office is located inside the ferry-terminal bus station.