Kumamoto (tours from Yatsushiro), Japan

The impressive town of Kumamoto has one foot in the past, with the largest and most complete historic castle in Japan. Its other foot is firmly in popular culture, as home of mascot, Kumamon the bear.

There’s so much to savor and enjoy here, such as the world-famous sweet and deep-shelled oysters fresh from the bay, the volcano and mountains, and the gardens, temples and museums.