Kumamoto Castle is located in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture. The castle was built originally in 1467.
I have visited many castles in Japan and this is my favorite. The curved stone walls are known as musha-gaeshi, which were built with wooden overhangs. These were purpose built to fortify the castle and to keep intruders out during a siege. It is amazing to see in person.
This is one of the three premier castles in Japan. The others are Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle. I have visited Himeji and it is also very beautiful. Next on my list will be Matsumoto Castle.
Entry is 600 yen for adults and 200 yen for children.