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Kumamoto Castle

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

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Ruined by earthquake

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 

1 Thank Janjantong
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 8 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
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We were greeted near the car park by a guide who asked us where we were from and explained what we were able to see given and the damage to the castle last year. Restoration work is underway but the damage to the castle buildings and walls is extensive. Plenty of locals and tourists there to see it all and... More 

Thank Theresa D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

This castle gem dates back to 1607 and is a must-see in Kumamoto. Sadly the castle has suffered by fire or more recently the 2016 mega-quakes. The inner grounds are closed to the public but you can view the castle until the repairs are completed, which could take a many as 20 years.

Thank warren D
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

I have been fortunate enough to see Kunamoto Castle both before and after the earthquake April 2016 earthquake.Despite the earthquake damage, Kunamoto Castle retains its imposing presence, and remains one of the highlights of any visit to Kyushu. While it sits wounded and waiting for repair, it continues to be a brooding and impressive reminder of former times. Well worth... More 

Thank Noel C
Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Kumamoto is a quick 35 minute shinkansen ride from Hakata station. The castle is worth the trip, even if it has been quite badly damaged by the earthquake, the sweep and vista of seeing it from various viewing points is awe inspiring. It is also heartening to see the restoration efforts, I wish the people of Kumamoto success as they... More 

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