[Virtual Tour] [For Kumamoto Castle Restoration] Virtual Kumamoto Tour: Way to the Samurai (From 10:00 JST)
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Kyushu Walking Tour
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1. On this virtual tour, look forward to a Kumamoto tour that explores a little castle town where the samurai history and tradition from several hundred years ago still lives on, all from the comfort of your own home.
Participating is easy! Download Zoom on your device (smartphone, PC, etc.) in advance, and once it is time to start, click on the designated URL, and enjoy the tour online.
2. This virtual tour is led by a local guide in real time. In order to make it so that participating customers feel as if they are actually participating, you will be shown pre-recorded tour footage while a knowledgeable National Government Licensed English Guide Interpreter with a hospitable heart provides explanations for sightseeing spots and Japanese culture. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to mention them to the guide right then and there!
3. This virtual tour will have customers captivated by the charms of Kumamoto City from various angles including Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan’s distinguished castles; Miyamoto Musashi, the legendary samurai; and kyudo, Japanese archery. Also enjoy watching an interview with an artisan and a video of a Japanese archery experience with an instructor.
4. Part of the tour booking charge will be donated to restoration efforts for Kumamoto Castle, which was damaged in the 2016 earthquakes.
10:00- Icebreaker After a self-introduction, the guide will give a simple explanation on Japan and Kumamoto.
Opening The Kumamoto tour will begin with a narration.
The tour starts at Nagasaki Jiro Cafe, a retro-style cafe.
Kumamoto City Enjoy videos of this bustling city which still retains the atmosphere of a castle town.
Japanese Archery Hall After watching a demonstration by a Japanese archery professional, see how it’s like to practice.
Shimada Museum of Art After the Japanese archery experience, enjoy a story about Miyamoto Musashi, the legendary samurai. The tour will be led to Shimada Museum of Art, where items related to Miyamoto Musashi such as from the duel with Sasaki Kojiro at Itsukushima Shrine are preserved.
Reigando After learning about the story of Miyamoto Musashi, the tour will be led to Reigando, the cave where Miyamoto Musashi spent his last days.
Enjoy the video showing Musashi's history and Reigando's mysterious power.
Break A 5-minute break. Enjoy chatting with the local guide!
Kumamoto Castle Parts of Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan's most prominent castles, were damaged in a series of earthquakes in 2016. Restoration efforts continue to this day. Watch an interview with a stone wall artisan in charge of the repair work, and enjoy the history and mechanisms of Kumamoto Castle.
Epilogue The tour ends here. It concludes with footage on Kumamoto City where the samurai spirit continues to live on.
-11:00 Q&A Session At the end of the tour, enjoy some interactive conversation with the guide. The guide will explain about the tour setting, Kumamoto City and Kyushu; as well as Japanese culture in general.