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One of Japan's largest and most comple castles


Kumamoto Castle

500¥ 8:30 - 18:00

Kumamoto Castle is one of Japan's largest and most complete castles and it's widely considered as one of the country's top 3, together with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle. Even though its main keep is a reconstruction made out of concrete dating from 1960, several of the original wooden structures as well as the stone walls and moats remain intact.

The Castle in its present from was built from 1601 to 1607, as an expansion to several fortifications which were established on the site as early as 1467. It was besieged for a 2 month period in 1877 during the Satsuma Rebellion, in the early Meiji era, leaving the main keep and other structures burnt down as a result.

The impressive Honmaru Goten, the lord's inner palace, was reconstructed in 2008 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Kumamoto Castle, using original techniques and materials. The palace lies over a secret underground passage which connects the castle to a former samurai mansion outside the castle's grounds and it's open to visitors.

Visits to Kumamoto Castle are especially enjoyable during the Sakura season, since the path leading to the castle is lined up with cherry blossom trees.


Kumamoto Station

Kumamoto Tram Route A
15 min. 150¥



Kumamoto Castle's Sudoguchi gate is located a few steps from Kumamotojo-mae tram station.
The castle is easily explored on foot, with several recommended walking routes depending on the time available for the visit.