Kyushu Sights

Kumamoto Castle (Kumamoto-jo)

  • 1–1 Honmaru Map It
  • Kumamoto
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

The towering, ominous castle was completed in 1607, having been designed and built by Kiyomasa Kato (1562–1611), the area's feudal lord or daimyo. Gracefully curved, white-edged roofs rest atop the mysterious black keep. Look for slanted windows perfect for unleashing rock falls, one of many clever features to prevent intrusion. The top floor of the reconstructed castle commands an excellent view of Kumamoto, and exhibits include samurai weapons and armor arrayed to evoke images of the fearless warriors charging into battle. Volunteers conduct tours in English (¥2,000, to cover guides' transportation costs). Visit to obtain an application form.

Sight Information


1–1 Honmaru, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto, Kumamoto-ken, 860-0002, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • ¥500; ¥640 with Hosokawa Mansion
  • Mar.–Nov., daily 8:30–6; Dec.–Feb., daily 8:30–5

Published 12/10/2015


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