Misumi West Port 三角西港
A port town with Dutch colonial influences that Lafcadio Hearn loved
Misumi East Port in Kumamoto is the gateway to Amakusa , and the Amakusa Takarajima Line ferry is the best way to reach one of Japan's top dolphin-watching spots. The train line from Kumamoto to Misumi is a gorgeous route that hugs the coastline, featuring specialist transport options like the famous A-train.
If you hop straight from the train to the ferry, however, you'll miss out on the historical, picturesque West Port and its Dutch-influenced buildings.
- Grabbing a cup of tea at the waterside cafe
- Wearing period costumes for a historical photo shoot
- Taking a hike up into the mountains — but watch out for wild boar
How to Get There
Misumi East Port is under an hour away from Kumamoto by train, or two hours from Fukuoka Bay. Get a ticket on the old-fashioned A-train to travel in style. At Misumi East Port, hop on a local bus or take a taxi for a short ride up and over the hill to the West Port. Limited car parking is available.
Misumi's new port of call
In the 1880s, Misumi East Port was not considered worthy of refurbishment, so they hopped around the coast and built a new one instead—Misumi West Port.
These days the West Port is an often-overlooked tourist attraction, popular with local fishermen and history enthusiasts. The old buildings are open to the public.
A Lafcadio Hearn favorite, with hills to ramble through
The old hotel, now a cafe and historical dress rental store, was a favorite of Lafcadio Hearn, a writer who was enamored with the area in the 1890s. The waterside is a picturesque place for a stroll. If you fancy more of a hike, pick up a tourist leaflet detailing the forest walk that loops up into the hills, giving a commanding view down to the port, bay, and mountains beyond.