The series of earthquakes including a magnitude 6.2 foreshock and a 7.0 mainshock had caused severe damage in April 2016, including the famous Kumamoto Castle which was rebuilt in 1960. It will take decades to repair and restore the castle and the unique stone walls.
Besides, many of the tourist attractions remain closed or only open with limited access and schedule. If you are planning to visit, please get the latest update from the tourism office.
The following is the status of the sightseeing spots in Kumamoto as of May 2017: