Kumamoto Castle, the premier castle representative of Kumamoto, is famous as an impregnable fortress and is also counted as one of the three premier castles in Japan. However, due to the Kumamoto earthquake in 2016, it suffered great damage. Now, unfortunately you cannot enter the castle, only tours from the outside are possible. Please get off at Kumamotojo-mae tram stop. From the observatory on the 14th floor of the adjacent Kumamoto City Hall, you can see the Kumamoto's view with the castle tower. In addition, you can explore the Nagabei-dori walkway, which surrounds the castle and is about 242 metres in length, learn about the history and culture of Kumamoto at the historic cultural experience facility "Wakuwakuza." There are many facilities nearby that give guests an interesting perspective of the castle, such as the castle tower at Ninomaru plaza. While visiting, do not forget to visit Kato Shrine, where the daimyo (powerful territorial lord) Kato Kiyomasa, the man who built this castle, is enshrined!