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Kumamoto Castle, Kumamoto

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Must see · Castle · Historic Walking Area
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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  • I am a tourist so I had no idea about the earthquake that devastated Kumamoto in 2016. Still today, you can see the aftermath of the earthquake on the castle. I am so glad they are restoring it to...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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.

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