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Kumamoto Castle

1-1 Honmaru, Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
+81 96-352-5900
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Ranked #1 of 40 attractions in Kumamoto
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

one of the best catles we have visited, start with the foral visiting rooms, the vast park grounds surrounding this edifice, fully re built after destruction back in 1897. a learning experience of its defenses, its construction and your steep hike is rewarded with spectacular views, longing to the west across the peninsula towards the East China Sea.

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Adelaide
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Take a step back to traditional Japan. The castle and its grounds were truly beautiful. Lots to see within the castle. People dressed in traditional clothes to add an air of atmosphere, and unlike most of the world you have your photo taken with them for free!!!!!!! The restored hall has to be see for the artwork on the screens.... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
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262 reviews 262 reviews
56 attraction reviews
341 helpful votes 341 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It is an impressive sight. Dominates the skyline. The incredible rock walls are worth the visit alone. The grounds are huge and great to meander about it in. The massive tatami room with the breathtaking artwork on the screens is absolutely gorgeous. After visiting Himeji, a few years before, I was struck by, and for some reason can't get over,... More

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Honolulu
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Worth seeing. Able to climb up to the top of the castle. I liked the guided tour and explanation. Nice view of cherry blossom trees when in season.

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Honolulu
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140 reviews 140 reviews
32 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

one of Japan’s top 3 castles. This one played a large part in the battle to change Japan from the feudal samurai system to the modern day government getting ready to engage in world politics and commerce. We were fortunate as cherry blossoms were almost at the peak (3/24/2014).

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Singapore, Singapore
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

bought a unlimited tram pass for yen 500 that took us there. we bough a combined pass that permitted us to visit another site which is the residence of Kyu-Hosokawa Gyobutei. cherry blossoms galore at this time of the year. lots of domestic tourist as well.enjoying hanami on the castle grounds. there is also a showtime where samurai warriors come... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I have been to several castles in Japan but this one is the best that I have been to! It's big! Really big! Also, the things there are to see inside are fantastic and very educational and beautiful. Late March is the best time to go! Sakura GALORE!!! A must see if you are in the area, heck just being... More

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Sao Paulo
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55 reviews 55 reviews
7 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

This once was one of the mightiest castles in all of Japan and even in relatively modern times (1877) still strong enough to successfully withstand a siege. Unfortunately that siege wrought a lot of destruction so the gorgeous Donjon you see today is actually a recent reconstruction. The cyclopic walls are truly impressive. While in February it is still too... More

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Odawara, Japan
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99 reviews 99 reviews
25 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

I was travelling with my elderly mother and young kids. The castle ended up being so big that we didn't get to see all of it - everyone was too tired, e.g. we only made it up 3 levels of the main castle, which was a shame. It was a reasonable walk from the tram stop into the castle, so... More

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KL, Malaysia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

best reconstructed samurai castle I've visited so far. taking the tourist bus ¥150 from kumamoto station brings you closest to the castle. you can spend 3-5 hours here depending on how adventurous you are

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