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Kumamoto Castle

1-1 Hommaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto 860-0002, Kumamoto Prefecture
+81 96-352-5900
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Feeling great with a little sadness

Kumamoto is a grand castle unfortunately damaged in the 2016 earthquake. It is still a fabulous... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kumamoto, Japan
Right now not a tourist-drawing attaction

Don't go to Kumamoto just to see this castle, at least for the next 10 years. Once it is fully... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Vechta, Germany
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1-1 Hommaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto 860-0002, Kumamoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Kumamoto is a grand castle unfortunately damaged in the 2016 earthquake. It is still a fabulous place to visit, even if you can only walk around the edges of the main tower. I suggest spring or autumn to be the best seasons to visit.

Thank Oyaji090
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't go to Kumamoto just to see this castle, at least for the next 10 years. Once it is fully restored after the earthquake, yes by all means do come to Kumamoto only to see this, as perhaps the most beautiful castle in Japan. However,...More

Thank Higuma2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I dropped at Kumamoto during my journy. This is my second time to visit there. Kumamoto castle seems to be more damaged than it looks on TV. It is like a patient in ICU,which has a barrier to approach for the safety. Two years seems...More

Thank RabbitMan41
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Due to earthquakes last year, the castle has been repairing. Hence, we won't have a chance to enter this spot. Recommend you not coming there now

Thank chienwinston
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful castle, pity it's closed for tours inside due to earthquake damage. Worth going to take a walk around the castle, and to try some of the yummy snacks being sold at the entrance. Will not be able to tour the insides until the castle...More

1  Thank Ernest W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the castle grounds in December, when the complex was still in ruins after the Kumamoto earthquake in 2016. Some of the towers were still standing which were quite majestic in their own right, but sadly the castle was heavily under repair, covered by...More

Thank Alexander G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As of Dec 2017, the castle is still closed for reconstruction. However, visitors can walk around the premise of the castle as well as to the bottom of the castle where there is a nice area that sells souvenirs and traditional Kumamoto food.

1  Thank migachan
Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

Was initially apprehensive wondering if I was going to make a wasted trip here as the castle is undergoing massive reconstruction work following the earthquake in 2016. But I was pleasantly surprised that there was still much to see just walking around the castle walls.

1  Thank jaye_w
Reviewed 12 December 2017

This is one of the most famous castles in Japan but it was severely damaged in a large earthquake about 2 years ago. A rebuild is underway but won't be done for another year or 2. For sure it will be done by the summer...More

Thank Bomani
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Traveled all the way from Miyazaki to see the famed castle. Sad to know that the earthquake has seriously damaged the castle. The place is not worth the visit other than many street stalls beside the castle. Will give it a miss considering the traffic...More

Thank JLee007_71
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Ha Ngan V
25 April 2016|
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Response from ETflyer | Reviewed this property |
Castle guided tour has been resumed since 17th June.Tour route is temporary so far.
13 August 2015|
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Response from SusannaShu | Reviewed this property |
You can goto ticket office at main entrance by taxi or bus. After that, you can goto Castle without stairs but slightly upward slope. There is a short but very steep slope when you get closer to the castle. My parents in law... More