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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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+81 96-352-5900
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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One of the most important places in Kumamoto

A place that has a lot of history and significance in Japan. It is one of the bigger castles in Japan and has withstood a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. You can see a view of Kumamoto... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A place that has a lot of history and significance in Japan. It is one of the bigger castles in Japan and has withstood a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. You can see a view of Kumamoto City at the top of the castle. It is also one of the best places to view the sakura when they bloom.

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Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Castle was closed when we visited on the first week of January 2017. Apparently many of the walls collapsed during the earthquake and heavy rains. You can still drive around the perimeter of the castle. There were still shops open and locals singing by the castle, so you can still grab souvenirs and snacks!

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were greeted near the car park by a guide who asked us where we were from and explained what we were able to see given and the damage to the castle last year. Restoration work is underway but the damage to the castle buildings and walls is extensive. Plenty of locals and tourists there to see it all and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This castle gem dates back to 1607 and is a must-see in Kumamoto. Sadly the castle has suffered by fire or more recently the 2016 mega-quakes. The inner grounds are closed to the public but you can view the castle until the repairs are completed, which could take a many as 20 years.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been fortunate enough to see Kunamoto Castle both before and after the earthquake April 2016 earthquake.Despite the earthquake damage, Kunamoto Castle retains its imposing presence, and remains one of the highlights of any visit to Kyushu. While it sits wounded and waiting for repair, it continues to be a brooding and impressive reminder of former times. Well worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Kumamoto is a quick 35 minute shinkansen ride from Hakata station. The castle is worth the trip, even if it has been quite badly damaged by the earthquake, the sweep and vista of seeing it from various viewing points is awe inspiring. It is also heartening to see the restoration efforts, I wish the people of Kumamoto success as they... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While the castle is closed due to enormous amounts of damage from the earthquake. It is still worth walking around the perimeter. There are some lovely parks and just to see how much damage was done is phenomonal. You can't get to most of it for safety reasons but you can still get some decent photos from afar and you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The castle was damaged by earthquakes. Most of the area we can't walk, the wall was fall down. We hope the future the castle can rebuild again from the original then we come back again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Totally had no idea about how this amazingly beautiful place had been damaged by the earthquake in April 2016. The damage was on all sides and to almost every building so you can't really access it the way I assume you must have. All that said however I would totally go out of my way again to even see it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It would have been a pleasant visit but we didn't know the extent of the damage from the recent earthquake so expected to at least see some parts of it. It was more educational we couldn't enter the actual grounds but walked the perimeter to see the damage to outposts and fortified walls. For us living in non-earthquake Singapore, it... More 

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