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Tsuwano Castle Ruins (津和野城跡)

Castle / Ruins of Castle

Tsuwano Castle is also known by another name, “Sanbonmatsu-jo.” During the Mongol invasions of Japan the defense of western provinces was ordered, and Yoshimi Yoriyuki, who was appointed as the feudal lord of the western Iwami Yoshika area, began construction of the fortifications in 1295, and the fortress was completed after 30 years. The castle is a representative mountain castle made by removing soil from the mountain top and creating artificial trenches around the mountain peak, and is one of only a very few castles in which the Middle Age and Modern Age construction specifications are unified. The castle ruins were designated as a National Historic Site in 1942. Visitors can use a sightseeing chair lift to access the honmaru and demaru. The site offers a sweeping view of the town of Tsuwano and the gently flowing Tsuwano River.


Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda (Masuda / TsuwanoArea)


Open 24 hours
[Sightseeing Chair lift] 9:00-16:30 (Last rise 16:20)

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Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda [map]
Masuda / TsuwanoArea
Open 24 hours
[Sightseeing Chair lift] 9:00-16:30 (Last rise 16:20)
Irregular holidays
[Lift round trip]
[Junior high school students and older] 700yen
[Elementary School Students] 500yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
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Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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