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589 Matsuocho Hirayama, Kumamoto 861-5282, Kumamoto Prefecture
+81 96-329-8854
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A quiet walk in history

It is easy to see why Musahi retired to this place - so far away from people, safely protected and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Shel N
Gorin No Sho

If you're a Musashi fan this place is a must. It is known as the place where he spent mcuh of his... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2016
Wayne I
Sydney, Australia
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  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
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589 Matsuocho Hirayama, Kumamoto 861-5282, Kumamoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is easy to see why Musahi retired to this place - so far away from people, safely protected and isolated in the cool mountains The walk through the forested areas in the region are so relaxing and cooling. We visited early summer and the...More

Thank Shel N
Reviewed 20 September 2016

If you're a Musashi fan this place is a must. It is known as the place where he spent mcuh of his final 5 years and wrote his most famous works, including the Book of Five Rings (Gorin No Sho). To sit on the rock...More

1  Thank Wayne I
Reviewed 14 June 2016

Reigandi (can be translated as "spirit rock cave") was known to be the place where Miyamoto Musash- the legendary Japanese swordsman resided and written his art of war book- the Book of Five Rings. If you are not a fan of Miyamoto, I would still...More

2  Thank stansaulus
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

This place is mostly known as the place where a legendary samurai, Miyamoto Musashi wrote a famous book; the book of five rings which has been translated in many languages as a text book for military or corporate strategy in the modern era. Considered as...More

Thank Hiro H
Reviewed 19 November 2015

About a 40 minute bus ride up narrow mountain road, sometimes becoming a single lane; only experienced drivers should attempt. Then about a 30 minute walk uphill to the shrine .Nice surprise is a small cafe close to the entrance of the cave where Musashi...More

2  Thank Catbird28
Reviewed 6 February 2015

Both close and far from Kumamoto city; If you're renting a car or other wheels this place is easy accessible from Kumamoto city. Even if you're not into the story of a swordsman that became a writer (Miyamoto Musashi), the countless little statues are making...More

1  Thank jsteenderen
Reviewed 5 January 2015 via mobile

This place gives you a sense of connection to history and human soul. Will cut the background story since you probably know it. But it's a very very recommended place. You sure need a car, however the road itself is also beautiful. Mind the working...More

Thank Mahdi B
Reviewed 17 December 2014

This cave is out in the country but there is a good bus connection. Plan to have enough time (alas : we did underestimate it). Although small we devoted a lot of time to admire the 500 statues as they are all different and in...More

2  Thank sinjoorAntwerp
Reviewed 21 December 2013

We visited here several years ago with our Japanese friends and also visited the Museum in Kumamoto dedicated to Miyamoto Musashi (book of 5 rings). We are taking an Australian group to Kyushu in 2014 and we plan to visit both the museum & Reigando....More

2  Thank BillBlinky
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