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Kumamoto Castle

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A historical landmark and symbol of pride and resilience for the people of Kumamoto

Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture



The castle keeps of Kumamoto Castle reopened their doors to the public on June 28th, 2021 following a complete restoration after the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. The castle is highly symbolic to the people of Kumamoto, and the reopening of its castle keeps, considered the crown jewels of the fortress, speaks volumes about the restoration process following the devastation of the Kumamoto Earthquake.


Every year during cherry blossom season, from the end of March through the beginning of April, beautiful cherry blossom trees bloom magnificently in every corner of the castle grounds. This makes Kumamoto Castle a premiere cherry blossom viewing spot that attracts not only tourists, but locals as well.


How to get there


From Hakata Station, take the Kyushu Shinkansen to Kumamoto Station (about 40 minutes). From the station, take the city tram and disembark at Kumamoto Castle/City Hall. The entrance is about a 10-minute walk away.


1-1 Honmaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto-ken


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