Former Hosokawa Mansion

Former Hosokawa Mansion, Kumamoto: Hours, Address, Former Hosokawa Mansion Reviews: 4/5

Former Hosokawa Mansion
4
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
What people are saying

Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.

Top ways to experience Former Hosokawa Mansion and similar attractions


4.0
159 reviews
Excellent
50
Very good
63
Average
45
Poor
1
Terrible
0

grant T
Auckland Central, New Zealand60 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
It was quite a walk to get to past a beautiful tree lined wall and around to the gate and quiet garden but well worth the walk. Such a contrast to the castle with all its people and crowds. Very quiet so that you could contemplate the lifestyle of the lords of the time . So many rooms and I am sure they must have been used in Samurai movies. Explanations in English were absent but the various room settings suggested scenes of conversations of impending battles or feudal intrigue. I liked that the “tokonoma” had fresh flower arrangements in them and thought that they must have been the rooms for the women or for arranging marriages. The inner garden was surprisingly small considering there were so many rooms around it. Remember to take off the WC slippers when you come out of the toilet. The garden was so serene with the twitter of an unusual bird. The younger staff had to ask an elder to answer my question about which bird it was. The elder gentleman was very friendly and informative. A pleasant retreat.
Written March 26, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kip F
Sacramento, CA1,289 contributions
Apr 2016
Bought our ticket from a friendly staff member, went thru the front garden area and entered the building taking our shoes off. there were some interesting objects to look at tho not much, but the whole architecture and how it was laid out gave a good idea of how it had been used.
Written May 20, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jpmcruz
Ikoma, Japan81 contributions
Jan 2016 • Solo
This is a nice quiet place to see traditional Japanese mansion. Go here as a side trip after visiting Kumamoto castle.

Pros:
- Great architecture
- Place is well maintained

Cons:
- You have to walk a good distance from Kumamoto castle
- To go out and go to the main road, you have to take the kumamoto castle area loop bus (not so frequent)
- No explanations in English
- Nothing to do here

Tip:
- You can get a combination ticket (this place plus kumamoto castle) for a discount
- Go here if you have time to spare, and if you don't mind walking a lot
- wear comfortable shoes and bring water!
Written January 31, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

cliffman33
Singapore, Singapore279 contributions
Dec 2015 • Couples
This was our first visit to a former Samurai house so it was an eye-opener. The house has been beautifully restored & surrounded by impeccably manicured gardens. We basically just basked ourselves in its splendour & even had a chance to savour traditionally prepared matcha tea in a 19th century teahouse!
Written December 21, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Frederique V
Brummen, The Netherlands135 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
We were very early so we were alone in the mansion. It was quiet and felt relaxed. Mansion gives a good feel how it might have been in those days.
Because we were early, we missed out on the tea in the adjacent building. Oh well, the solitude in the mansoin was more important.
Written December 6, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Catbird28
Los Angeles, California85 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
Many cities feature "samurai" homes which may have been reflective of the time, but are quite modest. Although this is also described as such a home, it is really that of a feudal lord or "daimyo" with the space, elegance and grounds that would go with his status. You get a great feel for the occupant's power from this building.
Written November 19, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

crookhamcommon
newbury, berkshire214 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
Easy walk from the castle, and a combined ticket saved a few yen. Very well worth the time - one of the best houses/gardens that we saw on our trip, quite large, so you need to take your time. The way the rooms are arranged vis-a-vis the gardens is wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Written November 12, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

drichrx
Brooklyn, NY1,190 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
Saw this as part of a combination ticket with the Kumamoto castle. The grounds are well maintained and this is an excellent example of how the samurai lived. Worth seeing as part of the Kumamoto Castle area.
Written November 2, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

neumanth
Frankfurt, Germany826 contributions
Oct 2015 • Solo
Besides me there was nobody there. Wonderful house and garden to explore design and layout.

They give you a booklet as all signs are Japanese only. I found that sufficient. Fewer signs would have allowed for better images.

After walking past the castle which was visited by at least a gazillion students, the calm building was refreshing.
Written October 22, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

still_cocoon
Kumamoto4 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
We can walk to go to this place from Kumamoto Castle.
There are many interesting treasures, but I liked the garden more.
It was so beautiful that I took many many photos.
Written September 30, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 37
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Former Hosokawa Mansion

Former Hosokawa Mansion is open:
  • Sun - Sat 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Buy tickets in advance on Tripadvisor. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking Former Hosokawa Mansion tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 3 Former Hosokawa Mansion tours on Tripadvisor