Kumamoto Castle Tokusatsu Special Effects Art
Castle Revival Project

 Exhibition Information

Term :
2017 December 16 -2018 March 18
Museum hours :
10:00 - 20:00
(No admission after 19:30)
Closed :
Exhibition Admission :
Adults :
1000yen (800yen)
People over 65 years :
800yen (600yen)
University/High School Students :
500yen (400yen)
Junior High School Students or under :

*Parentheses indicate reduced price for groups which in more than 20 people.
The reduced price is also available for those who are physically or mentally handicapped.

Venue :
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, GalleryⅠ, Ⅱ
Organizer :
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto [Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Art and Cultural Promotion Foundation], Kumamoto Asahi Broadcasting, Kumamoto Nichinichi Press, Kumamoto 21 Association
Granted by :
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc "SOMPO ART FUND" (Association for Corporate Support of the Arts, Japan : 2021 Fund for Creation of Society by the Arts and Culture)
Special Sponsor :
Okashi no Kobai, Togo Securities
Sponsor :
Raymay Fujii, Kirin Brewery, Miike Real Estate, Sakamoto Construction, Medical Corporation Murata-kai, Okuba Industry, Kongo Equipment Industry, Horiko Manufactuaring, Alpha Real Estate
Supporter :
Tokusatsu Lab, Kumamoto Castle General Office, Kumamoto Castle Research Center, Aso Shrine
Cooperator :
Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefectural Board of Education, Kumamoto City Board of Education, Kumamoto Ken Bunka Kyokai (Cultural Association of Kumamoto), Kumamoto Ken Bijutsuka Renmei (Artists' Union of Kumamoto), NHK Kumamoto, J:COM Kumamoto, Kumamoto International Convention and Tourism Bureau, FM-Kumamoto, FM791, Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting, Kagoshima Broadcasting
Tokusatsu Art Supervisor :
Miike Toshio (Tokusatsu Lab)
Miniature Producer :
Marbling Fine Arts
Simple Flyer :
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
2-3, Kamitori-cho, Chuou-ku, Kumamoto city
860-0845 Japan
FAX. +81-96-359-7892
 In this project, the professionals of the tokusatsu (special effects) reproduce the Kumamoto Castle in the scale of 1/20 finely. In addition, miniature sets modeled after the streets around the castle are exhibited, viewers can enjoy the photo shooting as spectacular as the tokusatsu film in this sets.
 Due to the Kumamoto earthquake in 2016, the Kumamoto Castle, the symbol of the city, suffered significant damage, and the disaster shocked the whole Kumamoto citizen. Most parts of the Kumamoto Castle, which are still under restoration, ordinary people are now banned from entering. Under such circumstances, "Castle Revival Project" was launched by the Kumamoto-born tokusatsu art director, Miike Toshio and the Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto together. Afterward this project was realized with a great deal of support and cooperation from many companies and people.
 Currently, the actual castle tower is in the process of restoration, and cannot be seen directly, in this exhibition, we make full use of the miniature special effects technique developed in the history of filmmaking to reproduce the Kumamoto Castle, and convey its appeal in the way unique to special effects art.
 In addition, the main gate of the Aso Shrine, which was destroyed by the earthquake, is reproduced and exhibited at 1/20 scale. Although the scars of the earthquake are still inscribed in various parts of the city, we hope that this exhibition will help to boost the reconstruction of Kumamoto from the aspect of culture and help citizens draw the future image of Kumamoto.


Miike Toshio "Kumamoto Castle miniature set plan" 2017

1/20 Kumamoto Castle miniature
(under construction)
[Photo by Shirai Haruyuki]

1/20 Kumamoto Castle miniature (completed)

Special effects art director Miike Toshio and miniature set

Viewers can take photos in this exhibition

1/20 Aso Shrine main gate miniature

[ Light Up ]
For the following hours, the lighting of Kumamoto Castle miniature set switches to evening scenery.


Miike Toshio Profile

Special effects art director, special effects supervisor. 1961 born in Kumamoto Prefecture.
In 1984, graduated from the Kyushu University, joined the Tokusatsu Lab. Co.,Ltd.
He is involved in numerous works such as Heisei Gamera series (1995-99) and Ultraman Saga (2012), and in Shin-Godzilla (2016) he was in charge of special effects art.
In this "Castle Revival Project", he designed and supervised special effects art.

Related Program

NHK Kumamoto Castle [VR booth]
(Produced by NHK Kumamoto 90th anniversary project)
NHK Kumamoto has taken videos of Kumamoto Castle where entering is prohibited now with a 360 degree camera. Through VR technology, you can see the views such as crumbled stone walls and the heavily damaged castle tower as they are.
Term: 2017 December 16 - 2018 March 18 (11:00 - 17:00)
Place: Art Sky Gallery
(in the Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto)
Admission: Free

Daily events in CAMK

Monday Movies
We show various films every Monday in our museum theater.
Date and Time: Twice on every Monday, 14:00-, 17:00-
Place: Home Gallery (in the Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto)
Admission: Free

Home Gallery Concert
Piano concert by museum volunteers.
Date and Time: Everyday, 19:00-19:30
Place: Art Sky Gallery (in the Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto)

CAMK Storytelling
Storytelling hour for children by museum volunteers.
Date and Time: January 20 (Sat) 11:00-12:00
February 17 (Sat) 11:30-12:00
March 17 (Sat) 11:30-12:00
Place: Art Sky Gallery
Admission: Free