Kumamoto Castle is a hilltop Japanese castle located in Chūō-ku, Kumamoto in Kumamoto Prefecture. It was a large and extremely well fortified castle. The castle tower (tenshukaku) is a concrete reconstruction built in 1960, but several ancillary wooden buildings remain of the original castle. Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan, along with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle. Thirteen structures in the castle complex are designated Important Cultural Property. Kumamoto-jo was ranked number one in the "castle you want to go again” Trip Advisor Japan in 2013.
The Main Towers
The area around the main towers and the Hon-Maru Goten was destroyed by fire for three days before the Seinan Rebellion began. The cause of fire is unknown.The present main towers were rebuilt in 1960 to restore the castle's exterior.The larger main tower has 6 stories with a basement and about 30 meters above the stone fence,and the smaller main tower has 4 stories with a basement and about 19 meters in height. Exhibitions and historical relics of the tow ruling feudal families, the Kato's and Hosokawa's as well as of the Seinan Rebellion are housed in the tower buildings.
There is a free shuttle bus for your convenience between Jousaien and the Kumamoto Castle "Hohoategomon Gate." It runs every 7 minutes and only takes 3 minutes. To use this service please wait at the Jousaien bus stop or the Hohotaegomon Gate bus stop.
Kumamoto Catle Guide (PDF 11M)
|Address||860-0002 Honmaru 1-1, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto-shi|
|Telephone||+81-(0)96-352-5900 (Kumamoto Castle General Office)|
|Admission||Adults and high school students 500 yen, elementary and junior high school students 200 yen, 20% off for groups of 30 or more|
|Hours||Mar〜Nov 8:30〜17:30(Closes at 18:00), Dec〜Feb 8:30〜16:30(Closes at 17:00)|
|Parking information||Ninomaru Parking Lot: pay parking, spaces for 160 cars and 60 buses|
By public transportation
JR Kumamoto Station -> Kumamoto Station Tram Stop (A-Line to Kengunmachi) -> Kumamoto Castle/City Hall Tram Stop -> Walk (550m) Approximate travel time: 21 min
Exit Kyushu Expressway at Kumamoto IC towards Kumamoto (approximately 40 min)
|By Tram : 15min
(from Kumamoto Station Tram Stop (A-Line to Kengunmachi) to Kumamoto Castle/City Hall Tram Stop)
|By Walking : 6min
(from Kumamoto Castle/City Hall Tram Stop)