Kumamoto Castle is one of the most famous Japanese castles. There are a lot of ginkgo trees, so some people call it Ginkgo Castle.
Kumamoto Castle was completed by Kato Kiyomasa in 1607. He was the first lord of the castle. After that, the lord of the castle was Hosokawa tribe for 240 years. In 1877, Kumamoto Castle was almost destroyed by the effect of Satsuma Rebellion. In 1960, the tower was repaired.
The outer stone wall of Kumamoto Castle has particular structure. It is called Mushagaeshi. It can prevent enemies from climbing stone walls because it curves out at the top.
- ↑ http://www.manyou-kumamoto.jp/castle/ Archived 2006-11-09 at the Wayback Machine (in Japanese)
- ↑ http://www.manyou-kumamoto.jp/contents.cfm?id=638 Archived 2015-03-18 at the Wayback Machine (in Japanese)
- ↑ http://www.kumamotokokufu-h.ed.jp/kumamoto/osiro.html (in Japanese)
- ↑ http://castle.link-hp.net/15.html (in Japanese)
Coordinates: 32°48′22″N 130°42′21″E / 32.806063°N 130.705972°E