Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto

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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. Before you head to Kumamoto, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Kumamoto trip planner, to make sure you see all that Kumamoto has to offer, including Kumamoto Castle.
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  • The Kumamoto castle is one of the best attractions in the region. It worths the time to visit it. It will give you a hint of the samurai period. It is very impressive and highly recommended  more »
  • I went here October 1, 2020 during a lot of renovations and really could only see the castle from a distance. I didn’t have time to see the museum and other things, however, it was cool to see and I.....  more »
  • This is the landmark of Kumamoto City. There weren't much inside. It was good to take a walk and look around. We visited before the earthquake. It was pretty well maintained.  more »
  • Some of the beautiful views of the phenomenal Kumamoto Castle. By far, this is one of the most exceptional castles that can be found in Japan. The history and just the massive scale of the whole complex is truly amazing for all to enjoy. These are from before the earthquake but even now, it is still so impressive
  • Majestic castle but unfortunately destroyed by the recent earthquake. Restoration works are heavy now and closed to tourists. Can only see from outside. So sad such an important historical site destroyed and after restoration, may not be the same again. However, still a nice and beautiful area to walk around in the morning. Definitely a tourist area.
  • Still being rebuilt from the earthquake and could not enter. You can see it from outside. I was glad to visit to support the rebuilding funds but not exactly ideal at the moment. You can see the tumbled ancient rock walls moats and the donjon foundation works from a distance with detailed refurbishment project information.
  • It's the famous Kumamoto castle which according to the history it's a castle which was never defeated ! Due to the earthquake on 2016 large portion of the castle was damaged and since then it had been gone under reconstruction. As off Oct 2019 tourist can go in the castle surrounding area and view the tenshukaku (castle tower) up close and personal. It certainly worth a visit and inside the castle area there are also a small food area and museum which has a very realistic VR video to explain how the castle structure and how it was built and design.
  • Rating is the castle itself, which is both historical important and magnificent looking from outside. Plenty of reconstruction work going on now with such significant damages. Hope it can be restored soon.

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