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Review of Maruoka Castle

Maruoka Castle
Reviewed 19 May 2014

This castle is one of the the castle tower saved from that time which exists 12 castles in Japan.
Since this castle has the best preservation of a wooden portion, it is estimated as the No.1 castle in Japan by lover of the castle.

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Reviewed 23 October 2013

One legend says they could not secure the wall foundation as it would sink into the ground so they sacrificed a young girl putting her into the foundation and crushing her to death with wall stones. Another legend says that every time enemies approached the castle thick fog descended on it and covered it from enemy eyes. Whatever the legend, Maruoka castle is a real deal. One of the 12 original Japanese castles it's the most authentic-looking next only to Inuyama (the deciding factor in my criteria of authenticity, after considering all woodwork, is the stairways: in Inuyama they look real; here they are definitely modern). Beautifully preserved and well maintained it was built on orders of Shibata Katsuie, the lord of Fukui. It's famous for its unique stone-carved roof tiles (as opposed to glazed clay on other castles). There's no moat or outer walls there as they were filled and roads were built over them long ago. Getting there presents a challenge as it's about 3 miles from Maruoka JR Station. If you're not in the mood to walk you can ask the station manager to call for a cab (Y1,700 one way). Same with the return trip, ask the staff at the castle. As politeness is not a virtue but a way of life in Japan, most likely they will help you. Or in alternative you can take a bus from Fukui

Thank Ron S
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Not especially large or special, but notable for being an original castle, not rebuilt since 1576, having escaped war or fire. Nice walk up a hill to it, with some good views of the area. Cafe and gift shop nearby, and a large fish pond with koi eager for bread. Entrance to the castle is charged (aound 300Yen), but free to look at it.

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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Similar to other Japanese castles although is authentic since it has not been rebuilt since construction in 1500's.
No moat as built on a hill but not to streneous a climb.

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Reviewed 30 May 2012

It is small, but it is authentic and beautiful. The steps inside to get to the top are quite steep so be very careful. This castle is a gem to be appreciated by all who appreciate such things and whose beauty can be recognized by all. I highly recommend taking the time to visit this site if you have the opportunity. There is not much of a park around the castle, but this also lends to a cozy site with small numbers of people.

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