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Kumamoto Castle

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

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400 year old Samurai castle

Unfortunately, the magnificent castle was damaged in the April 2016 earthquake and we weren't allowed to go inside the buildings. But it is as stunning from the outside as from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Madhawa P
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unfortunately, the magnificent castle was damaged in the April 2016 earthquake and we weren't allowed to go inside the buildings. But it is as stunning from the outside as from the inside! This is also the biggest castle in Japan and once hosted the great Miyamoto Musashi. It's a historic landmark in Kumamoto/Kyushu.

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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to Kumamoto only to visit the castle. We knew about the earthquake but we did not expect that kind of destruction. The Japanese are busy to protect what is possible but our guide there told us, that no one went into the building since the quake because it is too dangerous. So no one knows, how much of... More 

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Port Macquarie
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took a guided tour via diamond princess criuise on 15/9/16. We were not advised until travelling to the site that due to safety the site is closed to the public. We were able to walk around a secure fenced area and take photos. The grounds were wet and muddy. It would have been nice to be given the choice... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Kumamoto was hit by an earthquake in April 2016. The castle was badly damaged and is currently closed to visitors.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Castle has nice grounds and view of the city. On some days they offer free tea ceremony (in Japanese only). My visit was before the earthquake, so I do not know the current conditions

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Shanghai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even though you cannot go inside the castle now, you can still walk around it and the souvenir shops and food stalls are still open, as well as the shrine. You can see the extensive damage, but the castle is still beautiful and majestic. Please visit and make some donation, everything you buy and eat will help contribute!

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Fukuoka, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 346 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the very first visit since the earthquake in April. I parked my car at Ninomaru car park since Josaien car park had been already fully parked. I knew this was usual situation there. The shorted path to Ninomaru car park over the castle hill was closed. I drove the detour road at the east side of the castle.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is definitely worth to walk around and learn of the history. The castle has a beautiful shape and I was amazed by the size of the castle since it is the third biggest castle in Japan. hope to see the castle again with its original glory.

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kumamoto Castle is a beautiful castle with strong historial value. The garden around the castle is peaceful, it is worth for tourists to visit here. But I know this castle is damaged by earthquake, hope it can recover soon.

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Hong Kong
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came to Kumamoto after the earthquake, I was glad to see that everything looked normal in the city. Yet, when visiting the Kumamoto Castle, the impact of the earthquake was very visible and it is sad to see the damage suffered by the Castle. Hope that I will come back again in a couple of years' and by then the... More 

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