The history of Kumamoto Castle dates back to 1467. Then, fortifications were built by
Ideta Hidenobu. After a series of successors who expanded the fortifications, Katō Kiyomasa
greatly expanded the castle between 1601 and 1607, converting the compound into a
castle complex with 49 turrets, 18 turret gates, and 29 smaller gates. One of the smaller
castle towers had a well and was used as a kitchen by the staff of the nobles residing in the castle.
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Website: http://www.manyou-kumamoto.jp/castle/ in Japanese
Address: 1-1 Honmaru, Chuo Ward, Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture 860-0002, Japan
Tel no.: +81 (0) 96-352-5900
Price: 500 yen
Opening times: Mar-Nov: 8:30-18:00, Dec-Feb: 8:30-17:00
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