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Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle
(Higo Province/Kumamoto Prefecture)

Kumamoto-jo is one of the three most famous castles of Japan. Originally, the land was occupied by the Chiba-jo built by the Higonokuni's governor, the Kikuchi clan, but it was replaced by Kanokogi's Kumamoto-jo (spelled in different Kanji from the current one).
The current Kumamoto-jo was built by Kiyomasa Kato in around the 6th year of Keicho era (1601), finishing in the 12th year (1607). The stonewalls arched backwards more steeply as they climbed higher, and were called Mushagaeshi.
In the 10th year of Meiji era (1877), during the Seinan war and Satsuma rebellion, the castle tower amongst others were burned down, but withstood the attacks of the Satsuma troops, proving its fortitude as a castle. The Uto turret of 13 other buildings remains today, along the castle towers of various sizes and inner citadel that were restored in this castle of many sights.

(2008/5/11 、2010/4/30 、2015/12/28 )

Kumamoto Castle
West main gate
Kumamoto Castle West main gate
Sourh main gate
Kumamoto Castle Sourh main gate
Bugyou enclosure
Kumamoto Castle Bugyou enclosure
Hazekata gate and Bagu turret
Kumamoto Castle Hazekata gate and Bagu turret
Sudoguchi gate
Kumamoto Castle Sudoguchi gate
Takenomaru enclosure
Kumamoto Castle Takenomaru enclosure
East Takenomaru enclosure
Kumamoto Castle East Takenomaru enclosure
Stone Wall of Two Styles
Kumamoto Castle Stone Wall of Two Styles
Iida enclosure Five-story turret
Kumamoto Castle Iida enclosure Five-story turret
Two-story terrace house (Sukiya enclosure)
Kumamoto Castle Two-story terrace house (Sukiya enclosure)
Hoate gate
Kumamoto Castle Hoate gate
Uto turret
Kumamoto Castle Uto turret
Uto turret from castle side
Kumamoto Castle Uto turret from castle side
Inside of Uto turret
Kumamoto Castle Inside of Uto turret
Main enclosure palace
Kumamoto Castle Main enclosure palace
Kuragari aisle
Kumamoto Castle Kuragari aisle
Inside of Main enclosure palace (Oo-daidokoro)
Kumamoto Castle Inside of Main enclosure palace (Oo-daidokoro)
Inside of Main enclosure palace (Oo-hiroma)
Kumamoto Castle Inside of Main enclosure palace (Oo-hiroma)
West side of the main tower
Kumamoto Castle West side of the main tower
East side of the main tower
Kumamoto Castle East side of the main tower
Goken turret to North-jyuuhakkenn turret
Kumamoto Castle Goken turret to North-jyuuhakkenn turret
East-jyuuhakkenn turret
Kumamoto Castle East-jyuuhakkenn turret
Akazu gate
Kumamoto Castle Akazu gate
West fortress
Kumamoto Castle West fortress
The ruins of Second enclosure gate
Kumamoto Castle The ruins of Second enclosure gate
Genmotsu turret
Kumamoto Castle Genmotsu turret
Tsuboi river and Long wall
Kumamoto Castle Tsuboi river and Long wall
Bizen hori
Kumamoto Castle Bizen hori
Tago turret
Kumamoto Castle Tago turret
Jyu-Yonken turret
Kumamoto Castle Jyu-Yonken turret
Yonken turret
Kumamoto Castle Yonken turret
Gennoshin turret
Kumamoto Castle Gennoshin turret
Uto turret at night
Kumamoto Castle Uto turret at night

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Higo Province
Kumamoto Castle
Uto Castle
Yatsushiro Castle
Hitoyoshi Castle
Sashiki Castle
Tomioka Castle
Uchinomaki Castle

Kumamoto Prefecture
Kumamoto Castle
Uto Castle
Yatsushiro Castle
Hitoyoshi Castle
Sashiki Castle
Tomioka Castle
Uchinomaki Castle

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Kumamoto Castle West main gate

West main gate



Kumamoto Castle Sourh main gate

Sourh main gate



Kumamoto Castle Bugyou enclosure

Bugyou enclosure



Kumamoto Castle Hazekata gate and Bagu turret

Hazekata gate and Bagu turret



Kumamoto Castle Sudoguchi gate

Sudoguchi gate



Kumamoto Castle Takenomaru enclosure

Takenomaru enclosure



Kumamoto Castle East Takenomaru enclosure

East Takenomaru enclosure



Kumamoto Castle Stone Wall of Two Styles

Stone Wall of Two Styles



Kumamoto Castle Iida enclosure Five-story turret

Iida enclosure Five-story turret



Kumamoto Castle Two-story terrace house (Sukiya enclosure)

Two-story terrace house (Sukiya enclosure)



Kumamoto Castle Hoate gate

Hoate gate



Kumamoto Castle Uto turret

Uto turret



Kumamoto Castle Uto turret from castle side

Uto turret from castle side



Kumamoto Castle Inside of Uto turret

Inside of Uto turret



Kumamoto Castle Main enclosure palace

Main enclosure palace



Kumamoto Castle Kuragari aisle

Kuragari aisle



Kumamoto Castle Inside of Main enclosure palace (Oo-daidokoro)

Inside of Main enclosure palace (Oo-daidokoro)



Kumamoto Castle Inside of Main enclosure palace (Oo-hiroma)

Inside of Main enclosure palace (Oo-hiroma)



Kumamoto Castle West side of the main tower

West side of the main tower



Kumamoto Castle East side of the main tower

East side of the main tower



Kumamoto Castle Goken turret to North-jyuuhakkenn turret

Goken turret to North-jyuuhakkenn turret



Kumamoto Castle East-jyuuhakkenn turret

East-jyuuhakkenn turret



Kumamoto Castle Akazu gate

Akazu gate



Kumamoto Castle West fortress

West fortress



Kumamoto Castle The ruins of Second enclosure gate

The ruins of Second enclosure gate



Kumamoto Castle Genmotsu turret

Genmotsu turret



Kumamoto Castle Tsuboi river and Long wall

Tsuboi river and Long wall



Kumamoto Castle Bizen hori

Bizen hori



Kumamoto Castle Tago turret

Tago turret



Kumamoto Castle Jyu-Yonken turret

Jyu-Yonken turret



Kumamoto Castle Yonken turret

Yonken turret



Kumamoto Castle Gennoshin turret

Gennoshin turret



Kumamoto Castle Uto turret at night

Uto turret at night




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