Thanks mainly to its great variety of buildings and its large castle grounds, the Kumamoto Castle in the Kyushu Island is regarded among the most impressive castles in Japan.
The castle was designed and built in the early 1600s by the daimyo (the local feudal lord) Kato Kiyomasa who was renowned for his castle design and engineering skills. Kumaotojo separates itself from many other ancient castles in Japan courtesy its many buildings beside the main keep, although many of them have been later reconstructions.
Unfortunately, however, the castle was subjected to massive damages during the earthquakes of April 2016. The restoration work is in progress and a plaza facing the main castle keep is scheduled to open to public from October, 2019. It is expected that the interior of Kumamotojo's main keep will be amply restored to allow public entrance beginning in spring 1921.Places nearby:
Sakuranobaba Josaien: An opportunity to live the atmosphere of 17th century Japan 0 km / 0 mi
Mountain Castle, Kikuchijo: The supply base and the first line of defense of ancient Japan 23 km / 14 mi
Canal City Hakata: Bustling Heart of the City of Fukuoka 91 km / 56 mi
Kushida Shrine: The 1300-year old Shrine of Fukuoka 91 km / 57 mi
The Kintai-Kyo Bridge: Iwakuni's National Treasure 204 km / 126 mi