Kumamoto Castle

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Samurai welcome
Samurai welcome
Just before Kumamoto Castle was set to open on a recent Saturday morning, a pack of serious-faced samurai walked up like they owned the place. They went through a side door and then opened the Hohoate Gomon gate to welcome the crowd with a hearty, "Ohayou gozaimasu!" Not so serious after all. It's a great way to start a visit to one of Japan's most impressive castles.

The castle is open 8:30-5:30 in April-October, and 8:30-4:30 in November-March.
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Japan, 〒860-0002 Kumamoto-ken, Kumamoto-shi, Chūō-ku, Honmaru, 1−1
+81 96-352-5900