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Address: 1-1 Otemachi, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0873, Fukushima Prefecture
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+81 242-27-4005
08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00

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Beautiful Surrounded by Snow

The original castle has been ruined and moved several times over the years. The current castle reconstruction allows for easy stairway access to all the floors. Interesting... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2017
Victoria, Canada
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36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Personally I find this castle quite small compared to some others I have been but I was rather impressed that they have English subs in their short video clips and exhibits which was very helpful for me to understand the history of this castle. When you go to the top I thought the view of the city with the mountains... More 

Thank Joni H
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The castle was very interesting with a lot of information on the displays in English as well as Japanese. As you walk up the various levels to the top of the castle you see an interesting history of the Aizu area and learn about their relationship to the Samurai. The view from the top is stunning particularly during cherry blossom... More 

Thank siefs
Victoria, Canada
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38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

The original castle has been ruined and moved several times over the years. The current castle reconstruction allows for easy stairway access to all the floors. Interesting artifacts, displays, and models are presented in Japanese and English. Videos are subtitled. A well supplied gift store is found near the exit. The top floor offers a splendid view of the surrounding... More 

Thank bjfast
Toulouse, France
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Inside the castle the history of the local samurai families in explained, showing the string ties between the city of Aizuwakamatsu and the history of modern Japan. Well presented, with all descriptions in English as well. Worth a visit, as it will make people discover the history of Japan.

Thank Raffaello M
Los Angeles, California
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465 reviews
152 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Aizu-wakamatsu Castle 會津若松鶴之城 has a long history. It was begun in 1384 (Called Kurokawa Castle黒川城). Then in 1593, a 7-floor Tenshu天守閣 (the largest tower of the castle) was built and named Tsuruga Castle鶴之城. After the damage following earthquake, it’s rebuilt to a 5-floor Tenshu in 1639. It was the model of today’s Castle. In 1874, the Castle was demolished after... More 

Thank Chuang004
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280 reviews
160 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

The castle is a reconstruction from the mid-20th Century. For me, it was the artifacts from the castle's history that were engaging. It apparently went through seven samurai families. The third floor had an interesting exhibit of what happened to the local samurai when they were stripped of their status after the Meiji Restoration. It was rather biased as it... More 

Thank Barbara W
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

One of the best preserved Samurai castels in the Tohoku region. If you are really interested in Japanese history, this castel is recommended for you. It is like a book of history meticulously arranged inside castel with paintings and artifacts (all the descriptions are available in English). It gives you feel of Age of Empires castel 🏯 age! Better to... More 

Thank Harshad B
Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Beautiful castle with good historical displays and information. Has a tea room and a kiosk and is easily accessible from the town bus.

Thank ozzie_wanderlust
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614 reviews
372 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

I went this castle on the first sunny day after dull, raining days from typhoon hit Japan.the parking lot is also area of souvenir shop with mascot of this city, red cow with shaking head.(sorry that I could not remember its name).there are many stories about last samurai until the new government seized the castle with end of Sumurai era.the... More 

Thank jajavalB
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We arrived at the Tsurugajo in the heat of summer. It was a relief to make it to the top to the windows to take great big gulps of fresh air, and the ice cream at the base of the building was a dream in itself (so many flavours!). The historical and replica display items provided an insight into the... More 

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