Kumamoto Castle

A Kumamoto Prefectural Icon! A famous castle with over 400 years of history inside.

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Kumamoto Castle is the famous castle built by Kiyomasa Kato in 1607. It was built using the latest, cutting edge techniques at the time and was the setting of many important moments in Japan’s history.

While the castle keep was burned down during the Satsuma Rebellion in 1877, it has since been rebuilt to its current visage in 1960.
Once again, the castle suffered great damage during the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake, but has since been restored as of April 2021. Now reinforced with state-of-the-art, anti-seismic technologies, the castle has become a symbol of rebuilding. The newly reinforced castle keep offers a view from the top that cannot be missed.

Inside the Honmaru Goten sits the large formal room, the breathtaking Shokun-no-Ma, known from ancient drawings and texts. It was restored in 2008 with a decadent gold-leaf patterned ceiling and walls that make for an absolute must-see stop.

The castle is home to a stone-walled underground passage, “shinobi-gaeshi” iron pikes above the stone walls of the small castle tower kept to ward off enemy intrusion, defenses across the castle grounds and boobytraps used in battle. Finding all of these unique features is a definite highlight of any visit here.


  • An iconic symbol of over 400 years of Kumamoto history.
  • View from the castle top offers a sweeping view of Kumamoto City, the peaks around Mt. Aso and more.
  • Breathtaking beauty at the gold-glittering Shokun-no-Ma Hall inside.
  • While damaged by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake, the castle keep was completely restored in 2021. Restoration of the entire Kumamoto Castle is scheduled to be finished by 2037.
  • 13 different structures, including the Yagura, Yagura-mon and Hei, in the castle complex are registered Nationally Designated Culturally Important Properties.


  • Kumamoto Castle

    Kumamoto Castle

  • Kumamoto Castle at night

    Kumamoto Castle at night

  • Shokun-no-Ma


  • The Grand Hall

    The Grand Hall

  • The underground passage way

    The underground passage way

  • Kumamoto Castle, after withstanding severe damage during the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

    Kumamoto Castle, after withstanding severe damage during the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake


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Name in Japanese
Postal Code
1-1 Honmaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto
December 29-31
Business Hours
Admission Fee
Kumamoto Castle Grand Unveiling Third Stage
High School Students and Up: 800yen, Elementary and Middle School Students: 300yen
(1) Get off at Kumamoto Station on the JR Kyushu Bullet Train and ride the “Shiromegurin” Kumamoto Castle Loop Line for approximately 30 minutes.
(2) Approx. 10 min. walk from Kumamoto Castle/City Hall Station on the Kumamoto Electric Railway
(3) Walk approx. 10 min. from the Sakuramachi Bus Terminal after riding the express bus for 50 min. from Kumamoto Airport.
Official Website
Official Website (English)