As a result of the April 2016 earthquake, Kumamoto Castle sustained heavy damages.
There are many areas of the castle that are still closed off to entry, but aspects of the castle can still be seen from around Ninomaru Square and Kato Shrine.

Accessible Areas

map-eng
■Free Shuttle Bus Service
Josaien ←→ Kumamoto Castle (Ninomaru Parking Lot)

<Operation Time>
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (every 15-20 minutes)

■Kumamoto Castle Loop Bus (Shiromegurin)
JR Kumamoto Station ←→ Kumamoto Castle (Ninomaru Parking Lot)

<Operation Time>
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (every 15-20 minutes)
First bus departs from JR Kumamoto Station

■Kumamoto City Hall, 14th Floor
Kumamoto City Hall’s 14th floor is an observation area with great views of the city.
Please feel free to enter.
<Open Hours>
7:30 AM – 10:00 PM, Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Weekends and Holidays