Kato Shrine

Located on the northern part Kumamoto Castle's grounds, this Shinto shrine honors the local feudal lord Kato Kiyomasa, who is called by the name “Seishoko-san” by the locals in friendly manner. You can recognize it by its large white torii gate. The Seishoko Festival is held every year in July. Lots of people come for the night market the evening before the main event as well as the main festival's procession.

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Kumamoto Pref. Kumamotoshichuouku Honmaru 2-1 map map Map
open everyday
[Admission fee]Free
Parking Lot
※Parking may be refused during busy periods such as New Year's holidays.
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Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • Dedicated to Kiyomasa
    4.0 Reviewed : 2021.01.18
    This shrine, located in the premises of Kumamoto Castle, is dedicated to Kato Kiyomasa, a beloved hero of Kumamoto. But the foundation of this shrine is relatively new and it only dates back to Meiji...
  • Good place to visit for quick prayer and goshuin
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.12.27
    Goshuin is the red stamp / Calligraphy done on a special Japanese stamp book The price is 300 yen and you can also pray Please read on the Internet while there I spent about 10 mins here
  • offers a great view of Kumamoto castle
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.12.21
    This shrine is quite a walk from the tram station but its worth a visit for a nearer view of Kumamoto castle.

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