Eitetsu Terakado

Views of Kumamoto Castle

One of Japan's top three castles

Eitetsu Terakado   - 1 min read


As a result of the April 2016 earthquake, Kumamoto Castle sustained heavy damage. While the inner grounds remain closed for renovation, the fortress can be admired from outside via special 400-m route on Sundays, national holidays, and select Saturdays. The inner keep is expected to reopen in Spring 2021, though the sitewide renovations are expected to take decades.

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Although Kumamoto Castle dates from 1467, Kato Kiyomasa greatly expanded it in 1600 to what we can see today. Inside the keep is an exhibition of the history of the Kato clan and the latter rulers, the Hosokawa clan (a mansion of theirs lies nearby). The top floor is an observatory with an astonishing view of the city of Kumamoto. Both the grounds inside the walls and the outer parks make for a beautiful visit any time of year.

The castle dominates the downtown area and is only a few minutes from Super Hotel City Kumamoto, where I was staying.

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Eitetsu Terakado

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Love to travel, meet people, and try new things. When you travel you meet new people, when you meet people, you learn new things. The world is limited but there isn't an end to what I can learn.