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Shimabara Castle

1-1183-1 Jonai, Shimabara 855-0036, Nagasaki Prefecture
+81 957-62-4766
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Nice castle with museum

There is a 5 floor museum inside the castle filled with samurai artifacts as well as artifacts on... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Howard Cunanan C
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Fabulous collection

Great collection of Hidden Christian artifacts. English pamphlet was helpful. Had fun putting on... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Lydia H
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1-1183-1 Jonai, Shimabara 855-0036, Nagasaki Prefecture
+81 957-62-4766
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is a 5 floor museum inside the castle filled with samurai artifacts as well as artifacts on Christianity in Nagasaki

Thank Howard Cunanan C
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Great collection of Hidden Christian artifacts. English pamphlet was helpful. Had fun putting on the warrior suits, and guides are most willing to take pictures. Bamboo instrument played at the entrance to the castle.

Thank Lydia H
Reviewed 11 October 2017

The Shimabara Castle is probably the "must see" attraction in town. It is centrally located, a 10 minute walk from the main railway station (Shimabara Railway Station). Most buses in Shimabara stop near to the castle, and the Shimatetsu Bus Station is a 15 minute...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Lovely views and gardens. Museum was well done and the enthusiastic staff at the entry dressed in costume a highlight.

Thank hinau
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I was really looking forward to coming here, and was expecting a furnished castle. The outside lives up to what I expected. The inside was very sparse, some exhibits behind glass windows. Nothing was in English. On the top floor you can go outside to...More

Thank ncjc2013
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Nice history overlooking the town. Friendly staff put on a little song and dance show and take pictures with tourists. Interesting exhibit and nice grounds.

Thank SBF2
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We were suffering a little from castle fatigue by the time we got to Shimabara Castle. Nevertheless, it was still decent. There were actors who were dressed as feudal lord at the entrance, awaiting to greet guest. They were quite obliging when it comes to...More

Thank Sherry T
Reviewed 27 December 2016

You can see many interesting exhibits on each floor and a good view from the top. Kitamura Seibo born here made a peace memorial statue in Nagasaki city and the smaller replica can be seen in the museam bearing his name in the same location...More

Thank Keizo
Reviewed 20 December 2016

To get here was an interesting scenic drive from Nagasaki Port. First impressions were how pretty the hilly scenery was and how distinctive was the Japanese style of roofing their dwellings. Shimbara Castle was not a castle in the European sense but a good example...More

Thank Ken G
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

From Shimabara Railway Station, walk straight ahead, then follow the signs to enter Shimabara Castle. The castle is beautiful, though I am unsure how it is compared to other Japanese castles as this is the first I have visited. Looking at the castle buildings is...More

3  Thank Xin R
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