A Day at Kumamoto Castle

Walk through the grounds and museum of Kumamoto Castle

By Kaitlynn Scannell    - 1 min read


As a result of the April 2016 earthquake, Kumamoto Castle sustained heavy damage. While the inner grounds remain closed for renovation, the fortress can be admired from outside via special 400-m route on Sundays, national holidays, and select Saturdays. The inner keep is expected to reopen in Spring 2021, though the sitewide renovations are expected to take decades.

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Kumamoto Castle is a hilltop castle located in Kumamoto Prefecture. It is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan. Kumamoto Castle has thirteen structures inside the castle complex that are of cultural importance. It was originally built in 1467 and has been expanded, reconstructed, and updated up until 2008.

Along with the Main tower which gives you breathtaking views of the surrounding area six stories up, there is also the Honmaru Gotan Palace with the extravagant room of gold. The Uto Turret is one of the few original buildings and the underground passage that leads to the castle grounds are also open.

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Kaitlynn Scannell

Kaitlynn Scannell @kaitlynn.scannell

Visual journalist who loves to travel.

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Izzur Rozabi 6 years ago
Hy, i'am izzur from indonesia. This video remembered me about kumamoto, syukron. :)