Isn't it beautiful? The Hill in the back is called "Mount Fuji," although it most definitely is not, it is supposed to look like it.
One last view of the beautiful Garden before I leave. I kind of wish I could have gone up into a helocopter, so I could take a full picture of the whole park!
"Kumamoto Castle (熊本城; -jō) is a castle in Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan that has been opened to the public for tours. A large, and in its day, an extremely well fortified Japanese castle. The donjon (castle central keep) is a concrete reconstruction built in 1960, but several ancillary wooden buildings remain of the original castle. The castle was besieged during the Satsuma Rebellion, and was sacked and burned after a 53-day siege.
In nearby San-no-Maru Park is the Hosokawa Gyobu-tei, the former residence of Hosokawa clan, the Higo daimyo. This traditional wooden mansion has a fine Japanese garden located in its grounds. The signature curved stone walls known as musha-gaeshi, as well as wooden overhangs were designed to prevent foes from penetrating the castle. Rock falls were also used as deterrents."
This is the outer gate leading up to the palace-grounds. Huge doors!
Palace grounds. I think the people who built this caslte were pretty paranoid. They had so many defenses. Two sets of walls, so that when one was penetrated, they still had a second one that they could defend. It's amazing to me that it was actually attacked, and captured many times!
I felt kind of sorry for this guy. He had to stand here and let people take pictures of him, and take pictures with him. I didn't want to embarass him anymore, buy going up to him and taking a picture with him. I was content to stand at a distance and take a picture.