Kumamoto Jo (Kumamoto Castle)

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Kumamoto City, Kumamoto, Japan

Kumamoto Jo (Kumamoto Castle) Reviews

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Kumamoto Castle - top three castle of Japan Jul 19, 2009
The Kumamoto Castle is generally considered one of the most important castles of Japan. But like so many other castle it is not original. During the 50s and 60s Japan had a period of castle recreation madness. And the Kumamoto Castle of today is from this period.

Even though the castle is a recreation it is still a very impressive building located on a huge area in the central part of Kumamoto overlooking large parts of the modern city - and well worth a visit.

The original castle was constructed by a powerful warlord residing over the area back in 1607 and held its position as the central defence of the city for many years. In its prime the castle had no less than 49 turrets. I am not sure if all of them have been recreated but strolling around the castles huge garden area you will se many today.

The main attraction is the main tower from where you can go in and have a look out over the surrounding area of Kumamoto.

The castle is the natural attraction to visit in the city and it is located right in the central area of old town and you can easily go and see some of the other attractions which are located close by or head into the main pedestrian area to go for dinner.
The main tower
Secondary tower
View from the main tower
Painted rooms
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magnificent says:
Your review is nicely laid out and informative. Since viewing photos and reading comments on TB I am inspired to check out some castles in Japan.
Posted on: Apr 25, 2010
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Jo means Castle Jul 04, 2008
I love this castle and it has gone under some major reconstruction. It is a nice place to visit all year long. You can walk through almost every inch of the castle. When you enter, you must take your shoes off; they give you slippers and a plastic bag to carry your shoes, so I would recommend wearing socks that day. It is one of the most famous castles in all of Japan. It dates back to about 1520, but in the late 1800's it was burned to the ground. The castle now is a reconstruction which dates from the 1960. The Donjon rise up six stories high as the main keep of this structure. You will notice that the castle has a black facade; this was to make it harder to invade. This place was built in a complex was also for security. The stone walls of the castle survived the fire and remain the strongest and longest castle walls in all of Japan.

There is an impressive castle museum within the structure that gives a lot of history including a model of the original wooden castle.

While at the castle try and visit the lida-Maru Gokai Turret, it is a reconstruction, but it was reconstructed with traditional methods. There are some panels there, in English and Japanese. They do have electricity in this area, but it is still quite dim, so be careful. There is a craft museum near the castle, take a moment to visit there as well.
Kumamoto Castle
Inside the walls of the castle
Kumamoto Jo
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Airportman Airportm…
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A beautiful (reconstructed) castle Jul 24, 2000
The second visit of our day trip to Kumamoto, was a visit to the castle. I walked along the castle another time, back in 2007, but I didn't go inside the complex.

It was constuctred under the supervision of Kiyomasa Kato between 1601 and 1607. During Kumamoto Castle's prime time, it had 49 watch towers, but like all the castles in Japan, it got destroyed by fire in 1877 after a siege. In 1960, the main buidling of the castle was rebuild. One watch tower survived the siege and is still in original state.

Inside the castle we got to see the living quarters, as well as other areas of how the people lived inside the castle. There were also displays about the reconstruction of the castle.

An entrance to the castle costs you 500 yen (around 5 euro or around 6 US dollars) and gives you access to the outer part of the castle, as well as inside the castle. All in all a worthwhile visit when you're in Kumamoto.
Kumamoto Castle (2000)
Kumamoto Castle (2000)
Entrance ticket (2000)
Leaflet (2000)
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Paulovic says:
Oh yes, than makes sense! :)
Posted on: Apr 10, 2012
Airportman says:
Yes, here we went inside, only I didn't take photos. I didn't visit the castle in 2007, as I had already been there
Posted on: Apr 10, 2012
Paulovic says:
Again you didn't go inside? Lack of time?
Posted on: Apr 10, 2012

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