Kumamoto Castle

Japan's great southern fortress

 By Justin Velgus   Aug 13, 2013

Kumamoto Castle is a magnificent castle located in Kumamoto Prefecture, inside the Kyushu region. It is the symbol of the city and has been for nearly 400 years. Although the main structures of the castle are concrete reconstructions, there are several areas where original buildings still stand.

Easily accessed by train then bus, or use of the inexpensive parking lot, the city has made enjoying the castle incredible easy. In addition to being near several other tourist attractions such as museums, the castle site has made sure most tourists can properly learn about the castle's history with pamphlets in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. To learn the castle's secrets however, I highly recommend signing up for a free tour (in Japanese or English only). The tours can be signed up for on the spot without advance reservations. Tours are held throughout the day with a few every hour. And again, they are free!!

To learn more about the history of the castle and to enjoy its breathtaking architecture, check out this photo story or read the Kumamoto Castle article here!!

Photography by Justin Velgus
Japan Travel Member

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Bonson Lam 3 years ago
Kumamoto Castle is a beautiful place to go in every season. In springtime the cherry blossom trees and the castle are lit up at night, making it a lovely place to have a hanami picnic.
Mandy Bartok 3 years ago
Welcome to Kumamoto, Justin! It looks like you had a beautifully clear day for your visit to the castle. Nice pictures!