We arrived just a little too late to Maruoka-jō and so couldn’t enter, which is a shame because this nice little castle is true to its 1576 form. Indeed it's practically in its original condition. ‘Practically’ because it was – and this is a small technicality – laid waste by an earthquake in 1948. However, by the time it was reconstructed in 1955, 80% of the original materials had been reincorporated. Maruoka-jō is not a concrete reconstruction, but an historically accurate wooden tenshukaku (donjon).
Also, this is one of the contenders for "Oldest Castle in Japan". It has a strong case. Inuyama Castle often nabs the title due to its antiquated architecture and original construction date in 1440. But, it has been heavily augmented over time. Another contender is Matsumoto Castle, but I think this claim relies on discounting Maruoka Castle's originality.
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