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Kumamoto Castle

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Address: 1-1 Hommaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto 860-0002, Kumamoto Prefecture
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Phone Number:
+81 96-352-5900
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Closed to all visitors for extensive repairs

My family wasn't aware that the Kumamoto Castle was closed to all visitors until we approached a staff at the Kumamoto station about buying 1 day tram pass, where she mentioned... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The place is badly damaged. Do not go to the castle park. The whole place is shut down for renovation including the former Hosokawa Mansion. Many paths are blocked. It is still in ruins.

Thank Yapahloy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family wasn't aware that the Kumamoto Castle was closed to all visitors until we approached a staff at the Kumamoto station about buying 1 day tram pass, where she mentioned this to us. The closure of the Castle is due to the damage caused by the big earthquake that shook Japan last year. If you're like my family and... More 

Thank Joyce T
Stockholm, Sweden
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kumamoto Castle is closed following a big earthquake in 2016 which did great damage. You can see it from afar but not visit it until the repairs are done.

Thank SnowyBadger
Fukuoka, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went in February 2017, and, due to last year's earthquake, you can't actually enter the castle. But it's still very interesting and somehow inspiring to see how much the earthquake affected a huge cultural artifact. You can walk around about half of the outside of the castle, viewing all of the progress they're making on reconstruction (though it's supposed... More 

Thank Aaron H
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We visited this most popular site in Kumamoto yesterday. Unfortunately, after damaged by earthquake almost one year ago, the castle still in very sad condition and off limit to visitors, no access to inside of castle. But we can around the outskirt of the castle complex and see the castle constructions and some of the ruins sections. It's really amazing... More 

Thank Willow888
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

I was impressed with the architecture of the castle. Will visit again when I come back. They also had some nice events for family weekend.

Thank Sachi N
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Was very upset seeing part of the castle was torn down due to the earthquake in 2016. Although no visitors are allowed into the castle, there's a walkway which you can take a look at different angle of the castle. There's also a mini shopping/dining area with lots of local food and souvenir which worths a visit. It takes around... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

When I visited in Dec 2016, the innner castle grounds were still closed due to damage from the Apr 2016 earthquake. Yet the structures within are still impressive. Tip: You can get a good view of the castle from City Hall. Can't remember which floor you go to, but from there the view is excellent. Other excellent viewpoints would be... More 

2 Thank Deric K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

A place that has a lot of history and significance in Japan. It is one of the bigger castles in Japan and has withstood a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. You can see a view of Kumamoto City at the top of the castle. It is also one of the best places to view the sakura when they bloom.

Thank Hiroshi F
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Castle was closed when we visited on the first week of January 2017. Apparently many of the walls collapsed during the earthquake and heavy rains. You can still drive around the perimeter of the castle. There were still shops open and locals singing by the castle, so you can still grab souvenirs and snacks!

Thank 506fayel

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