Kumamoto Castle

Main tower of Kumamoto Castle (Kumamoto castle is an impregnable fortress with unique architectural features that is known as one of the most famous castles in Japan.)


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kumamoto castle- prearranged courses

Greater and Lesser Towers, Honmaru Main Palace, Other places of interest
Spots of your own choice (in 60 to 90 minutes)


A panoramic view of three castle towers, seen from west side of castle

West Main-Gate, thought to be most prestigious of other gates

Hohoate- Gate, leading to the castle towers

Legendary stone telling of a story about a youth with an incredible strength

Uto Turret, one and only extant original tower at Kumamoto castle

Shokun-no-ma, most exclusive room in the castle with full-color pictures and partitions

Twin towers standing in sharp contrast with cherry blossoms in spring

Never-opened Gate, only used for unhappy occasions being built in an evil direction

Niyou (two styles of) stone walls, old wall and new wall (added later)

Iida Maru Five-story Tower - used as a defence stronghold for the south-west side of the castle

 

Courses around Kumamoto castle

Kumamoto Prefectural Museum, Kumamoto City Museum, Old Hosokawa Mansion (high ranking Samurai residence), Kumamoto Prefectural Traditional Crafts Center, Bronze Statures of historical figures


Former residence of Hosokawa Gyobu, a typical residence for a high ranking Samurai worrier

Kumamoto City Museun located next to Old Hosoka Gyobu Mansion

Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art (main hall) located in Ninomaru Park

Kumamoto Prefectural Traditional Crafts Center

Bronze statures of historical figures in Takahashi Park

 

Other places

Places related to Miyamoto Musashi (one of the most historically noted swordsmen in Japan.), Exploring literary courses:


A quiet tea house 'Koshoken' in the Tatsuda Nature Park

Former residence of L..L..Janes, one of great Western educators contributing to modernization of Japan

Reigando Cave where a swordsman Miyamoto Musashi wrote the 'Book of Five Rings

Musashizuka Park where the famed swordsman Miyamoto Musashi sleeps in his grave here

The former Uchitsuboi residence of Natsume Soseki, a famous Japanese novelist

Goko red -brick Memorial Hall where Natsume Soseki taught English during the Meiji era

Tokutomi Memorial Hall, preserved in memory of the Tokutomi brothers, Sohou & Roka

Toge-no-chaya Park, a tea house known for Natume Souseki's novel "Grass Pillow"

A narrow bamboo -path with stepping stones, famous in the novel of Natsume Soseki's "Grass Pillow"

 

Sightseeing hours and courses are flexible, please consult us for more details.