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“Tourist Attractions” of the Kumamoto City Brand

“Kumamoto Castle”
Kumamoto Castle
Kumamoto Castle is princely and impregnable, and one of the top three castles in Japan. It was originally completed by Kiyomasa Kato, a Japanese feudal lord, in 1607, after seven years of construction.
“Kumamoto Castle Honmaru Goten Palace O-Hiroma, Main Hall”
Kumamoto Castle Honmaru Goten Palace O-Hiroma, Main Hall
This is the restoration of the official audience hall as it was 400 years ago. Some of the highlights are the Shokun Hall and Wakamatsu Hall (which were restored in Kyoto) with their gorgeous extravagant decorated fittings and paintings for walls and ceilings based on historical materials. Another highlight is the Kuragari tsuro, an underground passageway. The Honmaru Goten Palace stands between two stone walls, and underneath it runs the Kuragari tsuro. It is said to be the only Goten Palace in Japan to have such an underground passageway.
“Suizenji Park”
Suizenji Park
After Kumamoto was ruled by Kiyomasa Kato, the Hosokawa Family made this Japanese garden park over the course of three generations. It’s a landscape garden in a go-round style in which visitors can enjoy the changing scenery from different angles as they walk around the park. The pond in the garden represents a lake with a small mountain standing as Mt. Fuji. You can relax and quietly enjoy the beauty of this garden.
Reigando is the cave located in Mt. Kinpo, on the west side of Kumamoto City, where the greatest samurai of all time, Miyamoto Musashi, wrote the Gorinnosho (“The Book of the Five Rings”) before his death.
“Shimada Museum of Art”
Shimada Museum of Art
This museum contains items and antiques related to the history of samurai culture in Kumamoto. The standing exhibition features weapons, articles, paintings and the calligraphic works of Miyamoto Musashi, a great swordsman of the Edo Period. It also holds exhibitions several times a year.
“Natsume Soseki Uchitsuboi Former Residence”
Natsume Soseki Uchitsuboi Former Residence
Soseki Natsume was one of the most famous novelists in the Meiji Period. While he lived in Kumamoto, working as a professor at Kumamoto University, he moved six times. This is his fifth place of residence, where he lived for one and half years (the longest of his stays).
“Kumamoto Yogakkou Teacher, L.L. Janes’s Former Residence”
Kumamoto Yogakkou teacher, L.L. Janes’s Former Residence
This, the first example of western-style architecture in Kumamoto, was the home of the foreign teacher Janes in 1871. It’s known as the birthplace of the Japan Red Cross Hospital.
“Yokoi Shonan Memorial Residence (Shijiken)”
Yokoi Shonan Memorial Residence (Shijiken)
Shijiken is the former residence of Shonan Yokoi, a Bakumatsu and Meiji Period (1800’s) scholar and political reformer. He moved into the house in 1855 and started Shijiken, a small private school, and raised many disciples.
“Koizumi Yakumo, Lafcadio Hearn, Kumamoto Former Residence”
Koizumi Yakumo, Lafcadio Hearn, Kumamoto Former Residence
Koizumi Yakumo was Lafcadio Hearn’s pen name when he lived as a novelist in Japan. He had a teaching position at the Fifth High School (presently Kumamoto University). This was his residence in the first year of his time here.
“Gokou Kinenkan: The Memorial Museum of Fifth High School”
Gokou Kinenkan: The Memorial Museum of Fifth High School
It is the memorial building where Soseki Natsume and Lafcadio Hearn both used to teach, built in 1889.
“Kamitori Arcade”
Kamitori Arcade
It’s one of the major shopping streets north of the city’s tram line, set in an arcade. The sunshine filters through the arch-shaped rooftop and wood called “Ipe” is used in the flooring in the center of the street.
“Shimotori Arcade”
Shimotori Arcade
It’s the biggest shopping street south of the city’s tram line, set in an arcade. There are many clothing stores and great restaurants along the street, and it’s famous as the city’s center of amusement.
“Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto”
Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto
It’s the first contemporary museum in Kumamoto located at the entrance of the Kamitori arcade, on third floor of the News shopping center. It consists of the Main Gallery with planned exhibitions, as well as the Nobumichi Ide Memorial Gallery, and the Home Gallery with an art library, media gallery, and kids’ room.