I always look forward to take the bullet trains in Japan & China as they are superbly fast, very spacious and comfortable! It is more relaxing than cramming up inside the planes. Here, we took a short train ride from Fukuoka to visit the famous Kumamoto Castle which was less than an hour away.
1. I took many photos along the rides around Kyushu Island. The good memories captured are very priceless to me.
2. There were many interesting things to watch at the various train stations.
Look at that banner of OBAMA SPA!
3. We reached the town and took a tram to reach the Kumamoto Castle. They have cute & easy trams all over the big & small towns in Japan.
4. The tranquil roads are neat and covered with pretty Sakura petals.
5. Most castles in Japan have long water canals flowing around their forts, making it real tough for enemies to reach them.
6. It was Spring and the Sakura trees were blooming everywhere! I loved the happy feeling to walk and admire the greens.
..... "A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy Forever".....
7. This ancient castle has many high stone walls and sharp corners for the armies to shoot the arrows down!
8. The entrance to the magnificent Kumamoto Castle. You need to pay to enter.
9. I saw 3 wedding couples during my trip to Japan. I love their traditional outfits. I wore the same too when I got married.
10. There was a stall selling Bentos and Cakes outside the souvenir shop just beside the castle.
Everything looked so colourful and tempting.
11. We had to try this Sakura Mochi which came with a real Sakura flower on top! It tasted very fresh & yummilicious.
12. A kinky pose of excitement like SK's Signature "Running Away From Life's Problems".
13. Kumamoto Castle is a hilltop Japanese castle located in Chūō-ku, Kumamoto in Kumamoto Prefecture. It is a very large and extremely well fortified castle which was built with huge wooden structures and big rocky forts.
14. It was built by the famous warrior, Kiyomasa Kato around the year 1467. The 3 most famous castles in Japan are Kumamoto Castle, Osaka Castle and Nagoya Castle. You must see all and they are not the same in size and layout.
15. The Main Tower was rebuilt in 1960 and houses a collection of weapons, armor and furnitures of the Edo Era.
16. The prominent entrance to walk inside the Kumamoto Castle.
17. There are hundreds of displays and artifacts inside but this piece of architectural model of the castle truly captured my attention to study its details. Simply beautiful and meticulous.
18. They also neatly displayed thousands of names on the wooden tablets.
19. They framed up 40 famous castles in Japan but there are actually over 100 castles being located all over Japan.
20. I climbed up the stairs to the highest level to admire the panoramic North, South & West views of the Kumamoto City.
21. Hope you enjoyed the quick tour.