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Kumamoto Castle

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Address: 1-1 Honmaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto 860-0002, Kumamoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 96-352-5900
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Impressive and worth the visit

Arrived a bit late in the afternoon due to traffic but still managed to climb both towers before closing time. Really impressive and definitely not to miss!

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

Arrived a bit late in the afternoon due to traffic but still managed to climb both towers before closing time. Really impressive and definitely not to miss!

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Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

i decided to stop over in Kumamoto this night rather than going straight to Kagoshima, but the castle view didn't repay my overnight stay. I did expect a lot more from this castle. In order to see it entirely you have to pay the entrance fee. This doesn't happen at the Osaka castle, for example

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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Kumamoto Castle is one of the three famous castles of Japan, with Osaka and Nagoya castles. The current (main) castle is a concrete reconstruction built after the original was destroyed during the Satsuma Rebellion/Seinan War, but some of the outer turrets are original. It's quite an imposing castle - the first thing you see coming from the tram is the... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

A very beautiful and impressive Japanese castle, a must-go place if you are visiting Kumamoto. In fact, it is the 3rd best castle in Japan. Don't miss the view of the surroundings from the top of its tallest tower. It's only reachable by stairway, but totally worth it.

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Osaka, Japan
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

If you have been into Himeji you will not be that much impressed. Although this one has different architecture in places. Public transportation is ok. But come on, if you are in Kumamoto you will give it a visit!

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Hong Kong, China
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

A bit disappointed about the castle. The information inside is not informative enough, there are 2 to 3 levels are the name of donors whose helped to renovate the castle. I prefer to see or know more history of this castle. However, another building which show the inner palace and the traditional wooden building method are quite interesting. I will... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

If you've managed to travel through japan without visiting another castle then this is top notch. If not then give it a miss. Actually don't cause there is nothing else to do here.

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Antwerp
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is a big castle : plan enough time to visit the additional buildings, for example the inner palace where the princess paintings are on display. Also discover the outer buildings. The inside of the castle itself did not appeal to me as I have visited other castles that are still original wooden structures (Hikone, Tsumago)

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The exterior looks majestic and imposing. However, the inside is a museum, with not a single space being modeled after what the interior of the castle may have looked like in the past.

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London
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We only scratch at what you could see at the castle due to time constraints, but it is well worth a visit climbing to the top of the castle and taking in the exhibition as you make your way up between flours. There are other exhibits to see but we didn't have time. The grounds are extensive.

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