Kumamoto Castle: The Symbol of Kumamoto Watching Over the Castle Town
The Symbol of Kumamoto Watching Over the Castle Town.
Kumamoto Castle is one of the three premier castles in Japan. Built by Kiyomasa Kato, a great commander in the Sengoku period. It took seven years to complete, starting in 1601.
During the Satsuma Rebellion, the Satsuma vanguard struggled with the solidly built structure of Kumamoto Castle that Kiyomasa had built, which was just like a fortress in the warring state. In the castle, Government troops, numbering over 3,000, withstood the siege for more than 50 days. It is quite understandable that a rumor spread later on about a comment made by Takamori Saigo: "I was defeated not by Government troops, but by Kiyomasa."
While the castle was seriously damaged by the Kumamoto earthquakes, efforts have begun to rebuild the area as a symbol of reconstruction and growth.
|Address||1-1 Honmaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto|
|Business Hours||Parking Area: Hours
April - October 8:00-18:30 (last entry at 17:30)
November - March 8:00-17:30 (last entry at 16:30)
|Fees||The paid parking area on the castle's premeses is currently closed|