Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Kyushu-Okinawa  /  Kumamoto Prefecture  /  Kumamoto  /  Religious Sites  /  Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
3.7/5 based on 40 reviews on the web
Kumamoto Castle is a hilltop Japanese castle located in Chūō-ku, Kumamoto in Kumamoto Prefecture. It was a large and extremely well fortified castle. The castle keep is a concrete reconstruction built in 1960, but several ancillary wooden buildings remain of the original castle. Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan, along with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle. Thirteen structures in the castle complex are designated Important Cultural Property.HistoryKumamoto Castle's history dates to 1467, when fortifications were established by Ideta Hidenobu. In 1496, these fortifications were expanded by Kanokogi Chikakazu. In 1588, Katō Kiyomasa was transferred to the early incarnation of Kumamoto Castle. From 1601 to 1607, Kiyomasa greatly expanded the castle, transforming it into a castle complex with 49 turrets, 18 turret gates, and 29 smaller gates. The smaller castle tower, built sometime after the keep, had several facilities including a well and kitchen. In 1610, the Honmaru Goten Palace was completed. The castle complex measures roughly 1.6 km (0.99 mi) from east to west, and measures 1.2 km (0.75 mi) from north to south. The castle keep is 30.3 m (99.4 ft) tall.The castle was besieged in 1877 during the Satsuma Rebellion, and the castle keep and other parts were burned down. 13 of the buildings in the castle complex were undamaged, and have been designated Important Cultural Properties. In 1960, the castle keep was reconstructed using concrete. From 1998 to 2008, the castle complex underwent restoration work, during which most of the 17th century structures were rebuilt.
Plan your visit to Kumamoto Castle and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kumamoto trip itinerary builder.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • It is a shrine in Kumamoto Castle and the urban boundary. Kato shrine is austere enough, whereas I felt loud and lively. The red eyes is bright.
    show original
  • It is a shrine outside of Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto City Hall near the tram. There is no big shrine is like running a parking on the lot and parked cars, Kato shrine like atmosphere. However, close to the downtown Kumamoto I don't think it's easy to visit the shrine.
    show original
  • Sold everything, still had traces of the disaster, but from the blue sheet as to what was, take a look at the pray speedy recovery and is able to visit.
    show original
  • One of the best three castles in Japan ! Worth a visit when you are in Kyushu especially in Kumamoto ! Very beautiful during the cherry blossom season ! On 14 April 2016 , this beautiful castle is damaged by the 6.5 powerful earthquake and the 7.3 damaging earthquake on 16 April 2016 in the Kumamoto area . Sad to see this happened under the huge power of the nature . Hope it can be restored to its original beauty soon .
  • This is a must go when you visit Kumamoto. Especially if you like history. The castle sits on top of the mountain and you can climb to the top which is 6th floor where you can see almost the whole city. Very historic, very pretty. Don't forget to take a picture with people wearing Samurai suits complete with the Samurai swords on the hip. Also make sure you try the Dango. It is mochi with sweet potato and Azuka bean inside. Sweet and refreshing!
  • A terrific castle with nice architecture and layout. It would be nice if was an original. The museum itself could offer more. The view is great when it's not cloudy out.
  • Must visit! One of the three greatest castles in Japan. Full of historical meaning was built in 1467, expanded, demolished, and reconstructed. Impressive fortified castle. Interior looks new that is a little disappointing. Plan for two hours+ ¥500 per person.
  • Good place to visit. Rebuilt in 1960 after it got fire in a civil war and burn out in 1877. A place which history could trace back to 15 century. Sticky rice cake is quite good.
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 2​h
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 3​h
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h
Visit for 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m