Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto

One of Japan's most iconic structures, Kumamoto Castle dates back to the 15th century and draws flocks of visitors with its distinct architecture and scenic grounds. This castle was designed by a local warrior, who made it an effective defense fortification. While visiting the complex, you can roam the castle's stone walls and turrets, some of which survived unchanged for centuries, admire the imposing main keep, or pay a visit to the onsite museum, where you can view displays about the history and various reconstructions of the site's buildings. Boasting hundreds of plants, the grounds make an idea spot for viewing blossoming cherry trees. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Kumamoto Castle and many more Kumamoto attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Kumamoto vacation builder.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Kumamoto, Kumamoto Castle Japan County Kumamoto, Kumamoto Castle, also known as Silver Apricot. Is one of Japan's famous view point, Osaka City, Nagoya City stub fumble recovery in Japan's three largest cities, thought that'll charge seven years consumption of jiatengqing is complete, the predecessor of the Muromachi era Kengo Kuma town be turned into, is the Construction mode of the Momoyama era. Jiang era squad was hardly inviting his political tags entered after Higo Province, when Francisco main official residence of the equivalent of Prada 98 Nations square meters
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  • August 16, 2017
    It was off the beaten path can not enter in the straightaway, but we could see from City Hall observation deck. There are souvenir during the cherry blossom Baba, was fun.
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  • August 15, 2017
    We have to see at the time of the last-minute construction in front of the Castle. I was devastated by the earthquake, but also supported the people of Kumamoto Kumamoto Castle reconstruction help. Want to go to see her now and I want to look after the reconstruction of.
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  • July 3, 2017
    I went there before the earthquake. The place is really beautiful. And there is large place at the entrance where you can take a picnic under the sakura in spring.
  • April 21, 2017
    As said in the other comments, as consequence of the earthquake there are few parts of the castle that are closed 🔐 to the public. Nevertheless we met a very friendly Japanese man that told us where we can get the best view of the castle in the open areas. Obviously was this a terrific experience for the inhabitants because they are still struggling with this in their mind. The castle is a little bit broken at some part but still amazing. The parks are open. There is a hill on the side of the castle that you can climb (there is a path) and from there there is beautiful view
  • February 4, 2017
    “Majestic Castle” Wow, the castles in Japan are amazing, this is my sixth castle I've visited and is right up there with the best of them, I'm always in awe of the history of the castles, the amount of time taken to build them, the craftsmanship, the amount of labour used but funnily enough a lot of these castles' foundation stones are from many different prefectures and when I look at the size of the stones I wonder how long it would have taken to transport 1 stone let alone all, considering there were only horses as transport in those days. I love these castles and anyone thinking about coming to Japan take the time to visit them, they are a MUST.
  • March 14, 2017
    My family wasn't aware that the Kumamoto Castle was closed to all visitors until we approached a staff at the Kumamoto station about buying 1 day tram pass, where she mentioned this to us. The closure of the Castle is due to the damage caused by the big earthquake that shook Japan last year. If you're like my family and travelled all the way to see the castle, then I suggest you go anyway and take a look at the Castle from afar. You'll see that the Castle is incredibly majestic, even from afar, and you'll also understand why visitors have been prohibited from getting too close to the heritage castle- what seems to be very solid stone structures are crumbled beyond recognition in some places - the damage to the Castle is devastating and upsetting. There are still some beautiful spots to take a memorable picture of the castle, especially just outside the Kato Shrine.
  • May 14, 2017
    Really nice area with a shrine behind the castle. Unfortunately, the castle itself is under construction due to damages from the earthquake, but it was still very impressive.

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Where to stay in Kumamoto

By far the majority of the accommodations in Kumamoto lie to the east and south of the main park containing the castle. Ranging from budget guesthouses to luxury hotels, and even luxury guesthouses (traditional "ryokan," with onsite spas), the accommodations of this central district are spread fairly evenly between the park and Shirakawa River. Many visitors to Kumamoto opt to stay further to the west along one of the peninsulas that jut out into Shimabara Bay.
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