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entering Kumamoto Castle
We left Aso on the train, the hotel gave us a ride to the station nearest to the hotel, which would have been only a 5 minute ride if we had gotten off it yesterday. It was a tiny station. The train ride took just about 1 hour to Kumamoto main station, and then we took a taxi to the hotel, not too far away. The hotel however could not find our reservation made on Expedia. So we had to wait (there is a sitting area in the lobby) when they sort it out. They did eventually, and we were able to check in before their regular check in time, so that was good. The rooms were pretty nice too, the hotel seemed to be fairly new. Their internet access was kind of strange, needing an access card on some machine also used to get movies.
The outer gate at Kumamoto Castle


We then tried to get some lunch, decided to just eat at the hotel, the selection was limited, but it's something to fill the stomach.
After lunch we took the taxi to Kumamoto castle, which we could glimpse from the window of our rooms.
The castle was reconstructed in concrete in 1960, the outside still looked good and there were several buildings such as smaller watch towers and guard stations were original. There were some school kids (perhaps junior high school age) touring the castle, and they were very naughty with the guard standing at attention at the base floor of the castle, trying to tickle him, and make him move. When dad signaled that he wanted to take a picture of him, he switched the staff he was holding from left to right hand and moved, all the kids went wild.
The foundation walls were impressive and gracefully curved, the grounds of the castle was very nice and peaceful once you get off the main square in front of the castle, there were orchards and some very LARGE and probably old trees. We walked around and had a good time admiring the views of the castle from different directions.
we walked to the busy downtown area southeast of the castle which had many big stores as well as shopping arcades to either side. We found a random restaurant and had dinner there. It was Japanese and the staff spoke limited English, but we managed OK. The hot pot we got there was curry flavored which was the first time I had tasted such. Overall, it was a decent dinner and not very expensive.
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entering Kumamoto Castle
entering Kumamoto Castle
The outer gate at Kumamoto Castle
The outer gate at Kumamoto Castle
view of Kumamoto castle from outsi…
view of Kumamoto castle from outs…
going in
going in
a special stone and its sign in fr…
a special stone and its sign in f…
the main tower and smaller tower o…
the main tower and smaller tower …
The guard tower, which is an origi…
The guard tower, which is an orig…
the wooden floor and rooms of the …
the wooden floor and rooms of the…
where they would throw rocks down …
where they would throw rocks down…
construction of the wall, using ba…
construction of the wall, using b…
window in the guard tower
window in the guard tower
steep stairs in the guard tower
steep stairs in the guard tower
view of main castle from the guard…
view of main castle from the guar…
view of Kumamoto from the guard to…
view of Kumamoto from the guard t…
view from the guard tower
view from the guard tower
the guard tower
the guard tower
entrance to the main castle
entrance to the main castle
details of entrance at the main ca…
details of entrance at the main c…
a deep tunnel in the main tower
a deep tunnel in the main tower
a guard and naughty students
a guard and naughty students
view from main tower
view from main tower
view of main tower from the smalle…
view of main tower from the small…
glimpse of an old wall
glimpse of an old wall
names of contributors to the resto…
names of contributors to the rest…
model of castle
model of castle
ceiling inside the palace
ceiling inside the palace
tea room with pits for heating tea
tea room with pits for heating tea
tea
tea
kitchen in the palace
kitchen in the palace
a door knob (what is it called whe…
a door knob (what is it called wh…
mob taking pictures
mob taking pictures
restored screens in the palace
restored screens in the palace
screens
screens
screens and ceiling decoration in …
screens and ceiling decoration in…
way to another gate from the castle
way to another gate from the castle
map stones, irregular shaped
map stones, irregular shaped
another view of the map stones
another view of the map stones
view of palace and walls
view of palace and walls
interior of another building at th…
interior of another building at t…
view of walls from the building
view of walls from the building
view of castle
view of castle
mom and dad and the castle
mom and dad and the castle
another guard station, with a huge…
another guard station, with a hug…
castle
castle
a guard tower
a guard tower
more guard towers
more guard towers
hmm, horse sashimi
hmm, horse sashimi
duck
duck
and curry hot pot
and curry hot pot
view out of the hotel room, the ca…
view out of the hotel room, the c…
Kumamoto
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