Katsuyama Castle Museum

Museum / Science Museum
Katsuyama Castle Museum is a museum in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture, built in the style of a Tenshu (the main tower of a Japanese castle), which opened in 1992. The tower is 57.8 meters high, making it the tallest building of its kind in Japan. The building is intended to keep alive the memory of the castle that was the main seat of power of the Katsuyama Domain. Inside, the Museum has displays on the military equipment of Edo period Daimyos (feudal lords), textiles, folding screens decorated with paintings of battles, Qing Dynasty folk embroidery from the Zhongyuan (North China Plain) region, Japanese books from the early modern era, etc. From the observation deck on the top storey, visitors can view the city of Katsuyama, which has a history going back to the Paleolithic era, and its beautiful scenery which has led to the area being designated as the Katsuyama Geopark.

Spot details

Fukui Pref. Katsuyamashi Heisenjichou Heisenji 85-26-1
9:30-16:30 (admission until 16:00)
Wednesday, 12/28-12/31 * May close outside of stated days due to facility inspections, etc.
[Admission fee] Adults500yen, Elementary and Junior High School students200yen (Changes during the special exhibition period)
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Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • No Crowds Or Lining Up
    3.0 Reviewed:2016.10.29
    We were literally the only visitors to the castle when we went! The museum hosts a great collection of samurai armour and has a nice view over the surrounding countryside.
  • 越前国の勝山城 Echizen-Katsuyama Castle
    4.0 Reviewed:2016.04.21
    昨日三つのお城を訪ねた。お城中毒、僕!このアルバムは越前国の勝山城。天守が一番高い城だ。Another day, another castle. Yesterday I visited three castles. Mine is not a stable mind. This album is Echizen-Katsuyama Castle. Tada-san was a rich...
  • Not terribly interesting, but good photo opportunities.
    3.0 Reviewed:2015.07.30
    Katsuyama castle, constructed in 1992, is the tallest in Japan. It is not very historic compared to other castles. The castle grounds is freely accessible, but you pay to go inside. There is also a...

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