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Kumamoto Castle is one of the most famous Japanese castles. There are a lot of ginkgo trees, so some people call it Ginkgo Castle.[1]

Access[change | change source]

1-1Hommaru, Chuo-ward Kumamoto, Kumamoto, 860-0002, Japan.

We can get to there in about 10 minutes bus or streetcar ride from JR Kumamoto Station. The one-way fare is 150 yen.We can also get to there in about 40 minutes the airport shuttle bus ride from Kumamoto Airport. The one-way fare is 730 yen.We can also use cars. There is a lot of parking just next to the castle. But we must pay 200 yen for two hours.

History[change | change source]

Kumamoto Castle was completed by Kato Kiyomasa in 1607. He was the first lord of the castle. After that, the lord of the castle was Hosokawa tribe for 240 years.[2] In 1877, Kumamoto Castle was almost destroyed by the effect of Satsuma Rebellion. In 1960, the tower was repaired.[3]

Structure[change | change source]

The outer stone wall of Kumamoto Castle has particular structure.[4] It is called Mushagaeshi. It can prevent enemies from climbing stone walls because it curves out at the top.

References[change | change source]

Coordinates: 32°48′22″N 130°42′21″E / 32.806063°N 130.705972°E / 32.806063; 130.705972