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Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto
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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.
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  • Kumamoto Castle in the Kato Jinja, Kumamoto shrine, Inari Shrine and lined out. Like Inari Shrine, is a statue of a Fox. Did not seem in the aftermath of the earthquake.
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  • Didn't feel too much damage at Kumamoto Castle next to the shrine is visited. The fallen lanterns like some part was covered with ropes, but other remains as before, we pray. I was healed and paddle beside the Offertory, hit where it hurts.
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  • 熊本城附近,唔知有多少間大大小小神社,但前來參觀了其中一間神社--稲荷神社,門外一排排紅色支柱,門前一個紅色鳥居,就是吸引我們入內一看。 
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  • Came here and saw the walls and some structures were damaged from the recent earthquake. Main castle/keep is closed off for obvious safety reasons. Sad but still beautiful and worth a visit to see from the outside.
  • One of the best replica castles in Japan. Between the castle itself and the excellent visitor centre we found a lot of interesting things to see and do.
  • Path leading up the Castle is high stone wall where the traditional Japanese Castle situate. Up inside the Castle are various floors with exhibition materials, like photos of various castles around Japan, weaponss used and brief account of history of Kumamoro. Walk up to the top floor of the Castle to enjoy a 360 degree view of the city. There is also a rebuild of the general's house and a tea house. Worth a half day your.
  • we got there in 2014 new year at 5 am, very happy to get the sake plate, i feel that kumamoto castle is better than osaka castle.
  • Although not original, the is one of the best replica/rebuilds in Japan. The grounds are large and you'll find the castle quite spacious to walk around. There is also a wall which points out all the castles of Japan. Impossible to see them all - but be sure to head to Himeji.