We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Kumamoto Castle

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 1-1 Hommaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto 860-0002, Kumamoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number: +81 96-352-5900
Website
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,879 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 156
    Excellent
  • 112
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Really ordinary

I visited many castle but this one is really ordinary. It's full of beauty. We loved it and enjoyed a lot.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Croniya
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

1,879 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 304: English reviews
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited many castle but this one is really ordinary. It's full of beauty. We loved it and enjoyed a lot.

Helpful?
Thank Croniya
Kapaa, Hawaii
Level Contributor
186 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the Kumamoto Castle Bus route and got to see areas around the castle, which was in repairs due to the earthquake earlier in the year. Looks huge & impressive from the outside w/much damage to the grounds and some structures still visible. Its going to be quite costly and some time, might be years, to get back to where... More 

Helpful?
Thank 476donc
Japan
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kumamoto Castle is simply a must see. No matter there is virtually nothing else to do or see, as the castle really eats off all the other turistic attractions of the area, the Kumamoto Castle is still the best ( or one of the best castles in Japan ). Just go.

Helpful?
Thank Paolo G
Helsinki, Finland
Level Contributor
81 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In Japan every castle seems to be beautiful, so I'd recommend to think carefully which ones to visit. This one is surely nice but maybe not extraordinary... However, if you haven't seen many, go and try it. The street to the castle is great during sakura. You can take either tram A or B.

Helpful?
Thank elinast2016
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we cannot walk inside but can take photo just around. we have no complaint about it, we just feel sad that a castle like this which has a long history damaged. it made us just think about this, come on guys and be good to our home, Earth.

Helpful?
1 Thank aidenroy
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's currently closed for repair due to damage from earthquake/volcano? A few months back. Looking at it from the outside tho, it's super hugeeee like something out of a video game or samurai movie, so grand and epic. It's a must see in kumamoto. Hopefully i get to visit this place again and actually see the palace.

Helpful?
Thank Mai S
Level Contributor
42 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

2016/8上旬に行きました。震災の影響で天守閣の近くには行けませんが、清正神社迄は行けます。崩れたままの石垣や塀が地震の大きさを伝えています。 立派な姿は伝わり、元の姿に復興してくれることを祈らずにはいられません。 Can see some of the parts even after earthquakes. Hope visitors support for their reconstruction,

Helpful?
1 Thank 759u1
McLean, Virginia
Level Contributor
110 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've seen several of the original (few) surviving castles in Japan, so was prepared to put up my nose at the rebuilt (how much? total?) Kumamoto Castle, which I knew had been badly damaged in the April 2016 earthquake. Since the castle was not open due to the danger of further collapses), I spent a few hours walking around the... More 

Helpful?
Thank 60726Nicky_11
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
134 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Still closed due to the damage caused by the earthquake back in April. After seeing all the damage first hand, I can't see it opening again anytime soon. Regardless, a spectacular site to see from a distance.

Helpful?
Thank Ano444
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
40 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

After a relatively disappointing tour f Himeji castle (long walk up for not much of a view), we strolled by this castle at night and were much more impressed. Made for amazing pictures from the nearby park. Didn't go in as it was late and not sure it's open due to damage from earthquake. Rather impressive though.

Helpful?
2 Thank QueenSandra

Travellers who viewed Kumamoto Castle also viewed

Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture
Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture
 
Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture
Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture
 

Been to Kumamoto Castle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Kumamoto Castle and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Kumamoto Castle staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?