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In April 2016, Kumamoto Castle, one of the most-visited castles in Kyushu, was severely damaged in an earthquake. In 2018, on top of the earthquake damage the Drum Tower collapsed after heavy rainfall. Nevertheless, the exterior work on the castle is expected to be finished in 2019; the interior section will reopen in 2021.

Kumamoto Castle on course for full recovery, reopening 2021:The Asahi Shimbun

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Photo credit: Kyodo (stones from the interior wall to be reassembled in 2018)

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/06/22/national/drum-tower-collapses-earthquake-hit-kumamoto-castle-heavy-downpours/

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/04/13/national/kumamoto-castle-repairs-expected-take-decades/
 

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It's really great news. It's such an impressive structure and really fun to wander around and climb to the top. I know too it's closure has hit Kumamoto tourism hard. It's great that the renovation that was supposed to take 'decades' is making such good progress.

This seems like a good excuse for me to post some pics I took before the earthquake hit :)

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Brilliant pictures, @KyushuWoozy , thanks for sharing!!

If you ever find some time, please contribute to our article section on Kyushu (currently just consisting of one article). :emoji_sweat_smile:
 

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They had some really old guns on display there when I was there in 1971.
 

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That article you reference in the Kyushu section is excellent @thomas Unfortunately it may be lonely for a while longer but I'll try to add an article when I can.

Meantime I came across this quality article about Kumamoto Castle. It discuss both the restoration efforts and the fascinating story of the castle:

BBC - Travel - The Japanese castle that defied history

I don't remember the guns @Uncle Frank but I'll look out for them when I revisit in 2021.
 

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I have heard this castle offers "the most complete castle experience" as seen here
 
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