Kumamoto Castle is considered one of Japan’s three famous castles, along with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle.
This series of tatami rooms was next to the raked rock garden.
This is the main tower, officially called the Donjon, of Kumamoto Castle.
If you are thinking roof tiles and a Zen rock garden, then you’ve guessed the identity of these two photos correctly.
The tall stone walls of the castle were built for defense.
At many of the famous castles in Japan, be on the lookout for hired workers dressed in Samurai or ninja garb.
These pictures were taken inside Uto Turret. The woodwork and lighting were stunning.
Many people forget that a castle is a lot more than just the main keep. The Uto Turret (above) was one of the only structures that survived the attack in 1877. Below is a guard house on the outermost defense wall. …