I traveled to Kumamoto using “Kyushu Fukko Wari” (Kyushu Reconstruction Discount Tickets). Since I was impressed with Kumamon (the local mascot character of Kumamoto Prefecture) at Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016, I decided to visit Kumamoto to see how reconstruction has been moving forward after the strong earthquake. In this article, I will write about evening view of Kumamoto Castle as part of Day 3.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Departure for Kumamoto
* Day 2: Kumamoto Castle
* Day 2: Josaien
* Day 2: Kumamon Square
* Day 2: Kumamoto Night View
* Day 3: Kumamoto Suizenji
* Day 3: Kumamoto Station
* Day 3: Kumamoto Castle (Revisit)
* Day 3: Kumamoto Castle (Evening View) [This article]
2016.12.22 – 24
This is the final article of my Kumamoto trip series. After dinner, I had some spare time before departing Kumamoto city. So, I walked around Kumamoto Castle again to take evening view photos.
Evening view of Kumamoto Castle
The statue of Kiyomasa Kato.
View from the center side.
I arrived at Josaien. The light-up of Japanese umbrella has started.
Going into Josaien.
When I entered into Josaien, Kumamon welcomed me.
I just happened to see a lot of birds flying in groups.
Hitsuji Saru Turret.
I reached Ninomaru Park.
View of the main castle tower from Ninomaru Park.
I stopped by Kato Shrine.
I found different atmosphere here in the evening compared to that in the daytime.
View of the main castle tower from Kato Shrine.
I took a few photos of Torii gate.
Then, I left Kumamoto Castle.
Kumamoto Airport with Kumamon
I returned to the hotel to pick up my luggage and moved to Kumamoto Airport.
I saw lots of Kumamon in the airport.
Then, I returned to Tokyo.
That’s it for the article about evening view of Kumamoto Castle as part of Day 3. To summarize this Kumamoto trip series, visiting Kumamoto Castle made me think about the Kumamoto Earthquake, which occurred in April 2016. When I looked at the damaged castle, I realized how big the earthquake was. However, I saw lots of people working for Kumamoto Castle energetically. So, I believe the reconstruction of Kumamoto has been ongoing steadily.
Talking of Kumamoto, I was surprised see a variety of Kumamon around Kumamoto city. He should be a real entertainer 🙂
Now the Kumamoto trip series, which consists of nine articles, has finished. Thank you for your reading my blog. This time, I just went around the downtown area of Kumamoto due to my limited schedule, but I would like to visit other areas in Kumamoto in the future.
Regarding my next trip, I have already arranged. I am going to Hakodate, Hokkaido for three days and two nights this weekend. Once I go back from the trip, I will post articles about Hakodate, so stay tuned 🙂