On the first 10 days of October, 2014, the school principal of my alma mater in Vietnam came to Japan to visit my juniors who are currently studying Japanese in Kumamoto. Because I also wanted to visit Kumamoto, I went along with him. We departed early in the morning via bullet train. From Hakata Station, we arrived at Kumamoto Station after around 50 minutes. While waiting for my juniors to meet us at the station, we asked around at the tourist information center. After we all discussed where we should go from here, our tour of Kumamoto began~ Next, I experienced riding the tram for the first time. For about 10 minutes on the A-line of the tram, we got off at the 10th stop, the Kumamoto-jo/Shiyakusho-mae Station. We ate Kumamoto ramen at the nearby shopping arcade, then we finally went inside the Kumamoto Castle. Among the 3 great castles of Japan which are the Nagoya Castle, Osaka Castle and Kumamoto Castle, it seems that Kumamoto Castle has been chosen as the best. The admission fee was ¥500. It's hard to climb up to the topmost floor of the castle, but once there, you'll be excited and surprised by a lot of things. Compared to the other castles I've been to before such as the Kokura Castle and Nagoya Castle, the Kumamoto Castle is definitely bigger and more elegant. Even though there was a typhoon approaching on that day, there were still a surprising number of tourists in the area. At the end of our trip, we had our picture taken with samurai.