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Kumamoto Castle

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Address: 1-1 Hommaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto 860-0002, Kumamoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number:
+81 96-352-5900
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Don't let the damaged castle dampen your holiday spirit!

Many visitors found it disappointing for not being able to visit the inside of the castle. The truth is, I was feeling that way when I first arrived. However, after walking... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cause of the big earthquake in 2016, the castle still closed for construction. Poor them that they can not fixing everything yet from that disaster which you can see the castle's wall was torn apart, the ruins of the fortress. But you can still enjoy with the shrines, monument and the shopping street around the castle.

Thank Ruchiya N
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had hoped to get into the castle to see it up-close, but after last year's earthquake, the castle will be closed for many years. The damage is extensive and will require a huge amount of reconstruction work. However, don't let this detract from the castle - you can walk around the perimeter if you're up to it and see... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Many visitors found it disappointing for not being able to visit the inside of the castle. The truth is, I was feeling that way when I first arrived. However, after walking around this castle, I must say, this is a beautiful castle despite it was damaged by earthquake. The local government is trying their very best to put this castle... More 

Thank pharmerfoo
Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle is closed so you can only walk outside and get some sights. The grounds are lovely especially whit cherry blossom! Once reopened it might be a great place to visit!

1 Thank TandTSwitzerland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The damage from the 2016 earthquake meams that the castle is closed. You can walk around the outside walls. We were there for cherry blossoms and it was an ideal location. However all those comments about what a wonderful castle it is relate to pre earthquake days because there is no longer access and it does not look like ther... More 

1 Thank Richar64
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The premises are still not open to public but we can still walk along the perimeter. There is a stretch of road with nice Sakura. Too bad it hasn't fully blossom yet but it's not hard to imagine the splendor in its full glory.

Thank Zac C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the best Japanese castle I've visited; huge, magnificent design. Unfortunately, you cannot enter due to the damage from the 2016 earthquake. Visit the 14th floor of the city office opposite to get a free panoramic view over the whole site. I wish the city the best of luck and hope they can rebuild their lives and castle again... More 

1 Thank Gary B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The castle was closed when we went there due to the recent earthquake. We were able to tour the outside and were impressed.....too bad we could not get inside

Thank kevin m
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is badly damaged. Do not go to the castle park. The whole place is shut down for renovation including the former Hosokawa Mansion. Many paths are blocked. It is still in ruins.

1 Thank Yapahloy
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

My family wasn't aware that the Kumamoto Castle was closed to all visitors until we approached a staff at the Kumamoto station about buying 1 day tram pass, where she mentioned this to us. The closure of the Castle is due to the damage caused by the big earthquake that shook Japan last year. If you're like my family and... More 

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