Comfort Hotel Kumamoto Shinshigai
Phone: (81) 96 211 8411
Fax: (81) 96 211 8435
Located near the famous Kumamoto Castle is the huge and splendid Hosokawa Gyobu-tei. This spacious mansion that dates back to nearly 300 years was built by Lord Gyobu, a member of the Hosokawa tribe. Over the period of time more chambers were added to this house; tourists can glance through different rooms including the servant's quarters, study room, reception area and much more. The furnishings and decorative items belong to the Edo period. This elegant Samurai mansion gives you a glimpse of the rich and lavish lifestyles of the Feudal Lords of Japan.
Built atop a hill, the Kumamoto Castle underwent seven years of construction before it was completed in the year 1607. The Castle was ordered to be built by Kato Kiyomasa, a brave warrior of the city. Since then parts of the castle have been destroyed and rebuilt several times. Now, the place is open for visit during select hours that change with seasons. You can take a stroll through the vast grounds and explore the wonderful turrets that are located close to the castle. A must visit for all those interested in exploring Kumamoto's rich history.
Suizenji Garden (Suizenji Jojuen) is an idyllic green landscape that was built way back by the Hosokawa family in the 17th Century. The garden has been designed on the Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido and also features a miniature model of Mount Fuji. There is also an artificial pond and the Izumi Shrine that is very eclectic. The gardens are a welcome change from the daily squalor and ideal to unwind.