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Kumamoto Castle [Part I] is famous for “warped stone wall” of Seisei Kato Castle.

Kumamoto Castle [Part I] is famous for “warped stone wall” of Seisei Kato Castle.

The first memorable update of this site is this page. The first castle is “Kumamoto Castle” built by the master of the fortress and Seisei Kato. It is famous for a peculiar warped stone wall (“Musha return”). The main building, such as the large tower and Honmaru Palace, burned down in the Southwest War after the Meiji Restoration. “Uto Tower” is left across the tower. The tower group was restored to the Showa era based on ancient documents and old photographs, and in recent years the Honmaru Palace has been restored.

Basic Data >
Name: Kumamoto Castle (aka: Gingko Castle)
● Location: Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto ( map )
● Main building: Kiyomasa Kato
● Built in: 1600 (Keicho)
-Remains: Ishigaki, moat, Melody, Uto Tower
● Information: Japan 100 Meijo No. 92 ( list )

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There is a bronze statue of Kato Seisei in front of the entrance to Kumamoto Castle, “Yukimiyuki Bridge” His hat is his trademark. Say hello to admission.

There are two routes to enter the castle past the Yukiyuki Bridge. The route from the front of the Haji Gate (A-ya-mon), in the route from the back cheek this gate (cheek), to enjoy the castle round course to arrive in the castle tower through the side of each tower and enter from the Haji Gate, we recommend entering from here.

When the Haji gate is entered, it goes out to the plaza called Takemaru surrounded by a long stone wall. From here you can see the castle Tower towering over the stone wall.

Takeyuki-Maru area.

It is possible to see a splendid stone wall near here.

The flat tower at the end of Takeyuki-maru (restoration). I can see a little of the soil wall that has been restored. It was not possible to enter the tower unfortunately because it was covered with the fence and it did not climb as shown in the photograph when visiting.

When you climb the gentle stone steps surrounded by stone walls, you will continue to the Higashi Takeyuki Maru area lined with numerous turrets.

In Higashi-Takeyuki Maru, you can see such a splendid stone wall up close!

The majestic stone wall boasts a history of 400 years. It is impressed by the appearance of this imposing mossy splendid stone wall.

Takeyuki-Maru 5th Floor tower stand (the tower is not restored). Although the tower itself remained after the Southwest war, it was torn down by the army afterwards. You can see the back of the Iida Maru 5th Floor Tower (restoration).

Iida Maru 5th Floor tower. The stone steps on the left side of the old times were the entrance, but this is blocked in the restoration of the tower, and it enters from the right side of the photograph. The exhibition space is shoes.

It is not in the exhibition space etc. In the five floor tower of Iida Maru, and it is only to have restored the tower as it is. No climb to the top floor.

This is the classic and best spot to tower from the side of the Honmaru Palace. Because there are a lot of grooves in the vicinity, be careful not to fall into the ditch too much become crazy about photography! (Dropped)

Honmaru Palace Ishigaki 2.

Honmaru Palace Ishigaki 3. It does not feel can climb when the steep angle on the top is seen though it is likely to climb if it sees only the lower one as the name of Musha Samurai returns.

Kumamoto Castle Large tower and small tower from the front diagonal. Tower from this angle is the coolest. To get into the tower, you need to wrap around the backside. At the time when there are no people miraculously.

Both large and small tower from the front. The large tower is a unique structure of the first layer of the wooden part that is wider than the tower (stone wall). Hagi Castle and Iwakuni Castle , etc. were also in this structure, but none existed.

Both tower are left diagonally. The small tower is like a model of “gazebo type” that only the small turret on a big turret is listed in a little difference. The large tower and the small tower are considerably different when seeing thus.

I looked up at the tower from the bottom. The first floor of the tower is protruding from the stone wall. When the board of the bottom of the protruding part is removed, the stone is dropped.

In front of the castle tower, there is a sat tower (tower) which remains from the time of construction. From the tower to the left, you can get inside from the corridor. The large and small tower is a restoration tower from entering the Showa era, the texture of the plate is a wall material is greatly different.

Inside of the USAT Tower (corridor leading to the tower). It is not possible to enter the room, and only the corridor to UTO Tower can pass. It is possible to feel the atmosphere of the time inside dim.

The stairs of the USAT tower. A steep staircase that makes you feel the times. Climb careful.

Tower the big and small from the top floor of the UTO tower.

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Date of Visit: June, 2013
Photographic equipment: SONY NEX-C3
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