While Kumamoto Castle dates back to 1467, it was not until the reign of Kato Kiyomasa. Between 1601-1607 Kiyomasa transformed the castle into one of the most well-fortified in Japan boasting 49 turrets, 18 turret gates, and 29 smaller gates. Kumamoto-jo is widely regarded as one of the finest castles in Japan. While the main tower is a reconstruction dating back to 1960, 13 of the smaller buildings are original, surviving the Satsuma Rebellion of 1877.
Kumamoto Castle. Kumamoto City, Kumamoto.