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Restoration of Japan's Kumamoto Castle completed after heavy quake damage

A model of Kumamoto Castle's two keeps are seen in Kumamoto's Chuo Ward, on April 6, 2021. Some walls and roof sections have been left off so that visitors can see the structure inside. (Mainichi/Yuki Kurisu)

KUMAMOTO -- Restoration work on Kumamoto Castle in southwest Japan, which was heavily damaged in the Kumamoto earthquakes in April 2016, has been completed.

    The iconic castle will reopen to the public for the first time in about five years on April 26.

    The main castle keep interior was unveiled to media on April 6. The 31.2-meter-tall structure is made of reinforced concrete, and has one basement floor and six above-ground floors, topped by an observation platform. Efforts have been made to make the keep barrier-free, such as adding an elevator. Displays have also been renewed, including a large model of the keep, so that visitors can understand the building's structure.

    (Japanese original by Yuki Kurisu, Kumamoto Bureau)

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