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For over four centuries from the medieval period, the castle has been an important spot for various histories of Japan. One of its attractions is a stone wall, so-called ”warrior guard”: while the slope around the ground is mild, it gets uniquely steeper as it goes up. There is an underground passage inside the castle, which is rare to find in other castles nationwide, and it is open to the public.
1-1 Honmaru, Chuo, Kumamoto, Kumamoto
High School Students and Older 500 Children（elementary/junior high school students）200
March - November: 8:30- 18:00 (admission open until 17:30)December - February: 8:30 - 17:00 (admission open until 16:30)
29th December- 31st December
The premise is illuminated until 23:00 every night through a year. One of the highlights is over 300 of cherry blossoms including Yoshino, wild cherry, and Higo. During the evening between sunset and 23:00, the area is illuminated and Japanese table lamps with paper shades are lit to enjoy the view of night cherry blossoms glowing over the castle.
Take a bus from Kumamoto Station "Kumamoto Ekimae station", exit "Kumamotojo-Shiyakushomae (Kumamoto Castle & City Hall) Station", and a 3-minute walk.
Take a bus from Kumamoto Station "Kumamoto Ekimae station", exit "Kotsu Senta (traffic center), and a 5-minute walk.
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