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Kumamoto Castle

1-1 Hommaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto 860-0002, Kumamoto Prefecture
+81 96-352-5900
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Still worth seeing

Was initially apprehensive wondering if I was going to make a wasted trip here as the castle is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
via mobile
Being Rebuilt

This is one of the most famous castles in Japan but it was severely damaged in a large earthquake... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Parksville, Canada
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1-1 Hommaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto 860-0002, Kumamoto Prefecture
+81 96-352-5900
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Was initially apprehensive wondering if I was going to make a wasted trip here as the castle is undergoing massive reconstruction work following the earthquake in 2016. But I was pleasantly surprised that there was still much to see just walking around the castle walls.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is one of the most famous castles in Japan but it was severely damaged in a large earthquake about 2 years ago. A rebuild is underway but won't be done for another year or 2. For sure it will be done by the summer...More

Thank Bomani
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Traveled all the way from Miyazaki to see the famed castle. Sad to know that the earthquake has seriously damaged the castle. The place is not worth the visit other than many street stalls beside the castle. Will give it a miss considering the traffic...More

Thank JLee007_71
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The castle was closed because of restauration after the earthquake that destroy a big part of it! Nevertheless, it is a beautiful castle and you can still walk around and admire its magnificience but also the damages the earthquake did on it... it will be...More

Thank luneriel
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

I took the train from Hakata station(38 minutes) and arrived to find they still have trams and they stopped by the castle. A few minutes later, walk to the main entrance and then you notice the damage. Cracks in walls, large stones dislodged and the...More

Thank Ian S
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Sad that the castle was ruined by an earthquake. As it is close to city centre, it is still worth a short trip there. There was a small shopping area with an information centre. Wish it would re-open soon.

Thank David L
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

The 2016 earthquake has done extensive damage to all the buildings and ramparts. Reconstruction is a mind boggling dilemma. Worth a visit to support the restoration work and, understand the scale of the problem.

Thank WalkingPoint
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

The castle was closed as a result of extensive damage in 2016 earthquake. You can only walk around it and look at piles of rocks and builders working to fix it.

Thank rob c
Reviewed 26 October 2017

I realized that the castle is closed and on going for reconstruction all damages from earthquake last year 2016. However it was nice to go there, you can imagine how great the castle is once it 's completely reconstructed. It might take around 3 years...More

Thank Prachai L
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Within walking distance from Kumamoto shopping district with huge compound. Castle is surrounded by a small river / canal. There are multiple entrances. However, all are closed after the 2016 earthquake. There is an alternative entrance at the back of the Johsaien Shopping Town next...More

Thank Rachel_PRL
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Ha Ngan V
25 April 2016|
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Response from ETflyer | Reviewed this property |
Castle guided tour has been resumed since 17th June.Tour route is temporary so far.
13 August 2015|
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Response from SusannaShu | Reviewed this property |
You can goto ticket office at main entrance by taxi or bus. After that, you can goto Castle without stairs but slightly upward slope. There is a short but very steep slope when you get closer to the castle. My parents in law... More