Kumamoto Castle: The Symbol Of Resilience

As you may know, on April 14th, 2016 at 9:26 pm (Local Time), a strong earthquake (magnitude 6.5) occurred in the Kumamoto area of Kyushu, followed by the second one (magnitude 7.3) on April 16th, 2016 at 1:25 am. As a result of these earthquakes, Kumamoto Castle was heavily damaged. There are many areas of the castle that are still closed, but aspects of the castle can still be seen from around the Ninomaru Square and the Kato Shrine.

Castle stone wall is broken at Kumamoto Castle

Broken stone walls at Kumamoto Castle

As a symbol of resilience of Kumamoto, Kumamoto castle still keeps its dignity and beauty despite the damage. For Kumamoto city residents, this castle has been one of their most important treasures for a long time.

Looking up Kumamoto castle from city center

Looking up at the Kumamoto castle from the city center

Looking up Kumamoto castle from Kato Shrine

Looking up at the Kumamoto castle from the Kato Shrine

Children playing in park next to castle

Children playing at the park next to the castle

Fallen rocks numbered ready to build back to the exactly same position

The fallen rocks are numbered so that they can be put back in the same position

Kato Kiyomasa, funder Kumamoto Castle

Kato Kiyomasa, the funder of the Kumamoto Castle

For your information :

Name of Treasure : Kumamoto castle
Address : 1-1 Honmaru, Chuou-ku, Kumamoto city, Kumamoto

Access : Access to Kumamoto city

Access to Kumamoto castle :

Regarding entry into Kumamoto Castle

<Open Hours>
7:30 AM – 10:00 PM, Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Weekends and Holidays

Contact : MAIL: kumamotojou@city.kumamoto.lg.jp

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Advisory from Japan Meteorological Agency:
Seismic activity in the Kumamoto prefecture and Oita prefecture areas in Kyushu is still ongoing. In the regions that experienced strong shaking, there is concern about buildings and houses collapsing, and landslides may occur.

Photograph by meguru hayata