Kumamoto Castle

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

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Castle

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.

Highlights

  • 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.

Photos

  • Kumamoto Castle

    Kumamoto Castle

  • Kumamoto Castle at night

    Kumamoto Castle at night

  • Shokun-no-Ma

    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

Reviews

6
  • 陳鈺潔

    裡面的建築都很有特色,還想再去一次。

  • Neko Love

    受到大地震的影響毁損程度很嚴重,經過不斷地努力修復,雖然還需要很長一段時間,但終究有一日會恢復昔日的風采。

  • Shakun Tse

    廣場裡的熊本熊很可愛,賣得食物也很好吃。

  • CHIAO_OAIHC

    天守閣附近的櫻花開得非常漂亮,雖然沒辦法進去,但看看旁邊的櫻花也不錯。

  • dino

    日本百大名城之一,很遺憾因為地震而造成損害,希望早日能夠修復完成

  • HOHO

    地震的受損應該很嚴重,去的時候只有部分地方開放參觀,也應該是日本人對與古蹟修復很慎重行事,要等到全面開放應該還需要一段很長的時間。

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Details

Name in Japanese
熊本城
Postal Code
860-0002
Address
1-1 Honmaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto
Tel
096-352-5900
Closed
December 29-31
Business Hours
9:00am-5:00pm
Admission Fee
Kumamoto Castle Grand Unveiling Third Stage
High School Students and Up: 800yen, Elementary and Middle School Students: 300yen
Access
(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)