The "Tora-san of Amakusa," who looks exactly like the Tora-san character from the Japanese movie series Otoko wa Tsurai yo, awaits travelers in Kamiamakusa. His appearance, which makes it look like Tora-san has jumped out at you from a television or screen, means he is a high-level look-a-like. He looks just like the real Tora-san even down to the position of the mole on his face. He voluntarily participates in events held in Shibamata, Katsushika-ku every year and is sometimes asked by people to take his photograph with them. This means he truly embodies an attitude that greatly exceeds (NANAME-UE) expectations in Kamiakusa!
In addition to playing an active role in festivals and events, this Tora-san is, in fact, qualified as a Meister Guide of Kamiamakusa. He is a professional who guides travelers around Kamiamakusa! Kamiamakusa Meister Guides are masters in various fields of Kamiamakusa and convey its charms. The "Tora-san of Amakusa" - otherwise known as Kyosuke Horiguchi - is a master who teaches people how to enjoy nature in each season.
In addition, masters for walking around town, cycling, trekking, sea kayaking, agricultural experiences, foreign language support and fishing are waiting for people who visit Kamiamakusa. The tourist association will make the arrangements to set you up with a Meister Guide. This means you can use this system with confidence. Please have fun with a master when you visit Kamiamakusa!
|Shop or Facility Name||AMAKUSA SHIRO Tourist Association|
|Address||11582-36 Naka, Oyano-machi, Kamiamakusa-shi, Kumamoto|
|Closed||Second and fourth Wednesday of every month|
Shiro-kun, the costumed mascot character of Kamiamakusa, has traveled forward in time from 350 years ago. His real name is Kamiamakusa Shiro.
Amakusa Shiro is a tragic charismatic hero. He led Christians at the young age of 15 years old in a battle at Amakusa and Shimabara against the Edo Shogunate that had banned Christianity.