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Cherry Blossoms in Bloom at Kumamoto Castle

Sakura in full bloom at one of Japan's top 3 castles

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Kumamoto Castle sustained heavy damage during the 2016 earthquake. During the summer of 2021, the inner keep reopened after a 5-year reconstruction period. However, sitewide renovations are expected to continue until around 2038.

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Kumamoto Castle's sakura are in full bloom!

On these last few days of March 2015, the grounds of one of Japan's most impressive castles have been packed with picnickers, photographers and those looking to get out and enjoy the fabulous weather. The blooms hit their peak around March 29th and it remains to be seen how many will tumble during the predicted rain in the coming week. If you've never been to Kumamoto, make this your must-see springtime destination next year!

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