Kumamoto jo is the most impressive castle I’ve ever seen. I know its one of the top three in Japan, but for me, this dark enclosed gigantic castle is even more impressive than the delicate white high Himeji Jo. I dare say that if Himeji is the beautiful shinny lady on top of the world kind of castle. Kumamoto is the somber, sturdy, boy version. Such a powerfull energy.
A few minutes away, in the northern part of Nagasaki you can find the area of Urakami. At the end of World War II this area became the ground zero of one of the atomic bombs that exploded in Japan.
I love Nagasaki, feels modern and traditional. Covered with cherry trees feels even more welcoming.