I visited Kumamoto Castle at the end of December, 2015. At the entrance there is a sculpture of Kiyomasa Kato, who built the castle.
Unfortunately, the weather on this day was cloudy with occasional rain.
The inside seems to be a wide park, but it’s cold and rains, so there are no crowds at all.
I wonder if green color is vivid except in winter.
The height of the stone wall is about 20m in some places.
Kumamoto Castle had been extended such as the addition of the towers through the Edo period after it is completed in 1610. It was called an impregnable castle, demonstrated its true value in the Meiji era. Satsuma rebellion in the 10th year of the Meiji era (1877), Saigo Army’s rebellion was ends in failure without being able to conquer Kumamoto Castle where government forces defended in the siege. By the way, at this time the defense forces 4,000 soldiers, the attack side was 14000 soldiers. The government forces protected 52 days holding the castle.
It becomes steep gradually so that an enemy can’t climb.
Maybe you don’t know this. Stone wall, one by one is greater than the person’s head.
This staircase is likely to be attacked from both sides at the time of the attack.
There are a number of corners before the Honmaru (castle keep), you will be attacked from all sides to the garrison.
There is a passage across the underground that named Kuragari Turo which is rare in Japanese castle.
There is a Japanese style cafe, you can have a warm Japanese tea and sweets.
View from the top of the Kumamoto Castle
The inside is like a museum, and there are various documents and exhibits.
Wooden model of Kumamoto castle.
Different view from the top floor of Kumamoto Castle.
You can see the center of the city, Different view from the top floor of Kumamoto Castle.
It’s cold for a walk in midwinter, isn’t it?
You can see the square.
One of the big Tower. Kumamoto Castle is famous for having large battle towers lining up.
One of the rooms in Honmaru.
The inside of the third tower. It was cold walking around in socks. Even now in Japan, basically, any home indoor shoes is prohibited.
A large castle tower (Dai-tensyu) and a small tower (Sho-tensyu).
From the opposite direction.
I think it is a third tower, inside is shown to the public.
As is expected, it is powerful as it is said to be the Japan’s three great castles. Now, the damage is terrible by an earthquake disaster of the spring of 2016. It’s important historical and cultural assets, and it’s also tourism resources. I hope for reconstruction as soon as possible.