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“Beautiful!”

Former Hosokawa Mansion
Reviewed 6 April 2014

We really enjoyed visiting Hosokawa Mansion. The beautiful reconstruction lent an air of authenticity to this complex. One could imagine living here. Loved the architecture of the building and its' blending of inside and outside. Perhaps the best example of samurai living that I have seen and very happy that we decided to spend an hour here. Well worth in my opinion.

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Reviewed 5 April 2014

I visited this place because the pass I bought combines this visit to the mansion. this place is huge though. the "tour" brings you from room to room. showing you the bedroom, guest rooms, the kitchen, some rooms have works of art and elaborate cupboards and drawers etc.

if you have no time, you can give it a miss. my opinion of course

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Reviewed 13 January 2014

Honmaru palace is a Samurai house located within walking distance from the castle. Like the castle itself it is a reconstruction and displays multiple pieces of furniture, paintings, rock gardens and everything you would expect in a Samurai house. You can’t touch a lot of the stuff and are usually taken on a round tour of the house, which is quite small. Entrance is best with a combined ticket of the castle. Grounds are well maintained. Definitely worth a visit if you are visiting the Kumamoto castle. Very limited English provided but if you ask at the ticketing office you can get an English tour guide which some people may find very helpful.

1  Thank Rowan H
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

We really enjoyed this house. Not only was it spacious (over 30 rooms), much renovation work has been done to restore some of the rooms. There are nice furniture and accessories as well, rather than just empty rooms. I think it's one of the best I've seen in Japan and probably don't have to see another one after this!

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Reviewed 26 October 2013

One of the top 3 highlights of trip to Kumamoto. If you have not visited a Samurai House then you should definitely visit. Walking distance from the Castle, behind the castle (keep the small tower behind you). Entry fee Yen 300. Not a lot of English explanation which is rather disappointing however there is an English pamphlet which provides you with some information.

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