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Kumamoto Castle 熊本城

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  • Known as one of the 3 famous castles of Japan, Kumamoto Castle was badly damaged by the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake.

    Kumamoto Castle under repair - Kumamoto Travel Guide | justonecookbook.com

    As we observed the damages to the Kumamoto Castle, we pray for a speedy recovery so visitors to Kumamoto can continue to enjoy this grand beauty.

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    Kumamoto Castle was built by Kiyomasa Kato in 1601 and took 7 years to complete.  The main keep was burned down in 1877 during Satsuma Rebellion (samurai vs. imperial government)  and a concrete replica was constructed in 1960.

    In 2008, the replica of the castle palace (Honmaru Goten) was built.

    Kumamoto Castle_Honmaru Goten Umenoma
    By ja:User:Sanjo (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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    By ja:User:Sanjo (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
    The castle is still closed off (as of March 2018) but today visitors can see parts of it from Ninomaru Square and Kato Shrine.  You can walk around the exterior of the castle wall and see the damages as well.

    Kumamoto Castle under repair - Kumamoto Travel Guide | justonecookbook.com

    Kumamoto Castle wall ruined by earthquake - Kumamoto Travel Guide | justonecookbook.com

    When we visited Josaien, the worker there told us we can go to the top of city hall and get great views of the castle.  The city hall is right across from the castle and the top of city hall is open to the public for viewing.

    Kumamoto City Hall
    Kumamoto City Hall.
    Kumamoto Castle under repair - Kumamoto Travel Guide | justonecookbook.com
    View of Kumamoto Castle under restoration and repair.
    Kumamoto Castle wall ruined by earthquake - Kumamoto Travel Guide | justonecookbook.com
    Broken roof tiles on the surrounding wall.
    Kumamoto Castle under repair - Kumamoto Travel Guide | justonecookbook.com
    Iidamaru Gokai Yagura tower (五階櫓) under repair.

    Kumamoto Castle under repair - Kumamoto Travel Guide | justonecookbook.com

    Kumamoto Castle under repair - Kumamoto Travel Guide | justonecookbook.com

    Kumamoto Castle under repair - Kumamoto Travel Guide | justonecookbook.com
    Honmaru Palace and main castle keep under repair.

    If you enjoyed the Kumamoto Castle Guide, check out Kumamoto Travel Guide, and other travel posts from Just One Cookbook.

    outside of Josaien 城彩苑 - Kumamoto Travel Guide | justonecookbook.com

    Kumamoto Travel Guide

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