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“Worth entering the castle”
Review of Maruoka Castle

Maruoka Castle
Reviewed 14 September 2015

It is free to explore the grounds and look at the castle, but 300 Yen to enter the castle, and also a small museum in a seperate building. Definitely worth entering the castle, an original old Japanese castle, for the views of the surrounding area. It used to be used as a watchtower, and from the views it commands it is easy to see why.
Once inside, be ready to climb to get to the top floors of the tower, using very steep stairs with a rope to help you. Worth the effort to get up there.
Walking around the outside of the castle is also very interesting, and in summer there are a lot of insects, butterflies, birds, and flowers to see. There is also a small garden, with a koi pond, and a shop/cafe in the grounds.
(The museum is the 'Sakaide City Maruoka Museum of History and Folklore', included in the castle ticket)

2  Thank KlapauciusJapan
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Reviewed 9 September 2015

Old wooden castle. Was open for this visit as when last called in 2 years ago was closed.
Steep steps up to the castle and even steeper inside to the floors which will be impossible for those with mobility difficulties. Nice views from the top floor. Worth walking around the walls to get impression of size and way built.

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Reviewed 11 July 2015 via mobile

Small but original castle, if you like Japanese castles then well worth seeking out. If you are following Google maps it takes you to the wrong side, if you arrive and you can't park a bus in the car park then keep driving till you see the one you can park one in.

Thank TrentEndNZ
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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.

Thank kaneneby
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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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