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Shimabara Castle島原城

Historical Monument

Shimabara Castle is located at the foot of Mt. Unzen overlooking the Ariake Sea. The castle is comprised of a five-tier tower surrounded by turrets of various sizes and incorporates the castle architectural style of the Azuchi-Momyama period. The castle is distinguished by its tall and strong walls. After it was completed in 1624, the castle served as the seat of 19 generations of feudal lords from four clans over a 250-year history and was the stage for many historical events. The castle was demolished with the Meiji Restoration but the tower was restored in 1964. The interior of the castle is a museum which exhibits materials related to the early Japanese Christians and other local history matters.


Nagasaki Pref. Shimabarashi Jounai 1-1183-1 (Unzen / ShimabaraArea)

phone 0957624766


Review of Shimabara Castle

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Reviewed:2019/11/24 Edo period castle in samurai town
Visited Shimabara Castle built during Edo period located neat a samurai district in Shimabara. We walked around the castle grounds but did not enter the castle. Took nice pictures of castle, garden...
Reviewed:2019/11/03 History of Christian Persecution in Shimabara
Small castle with a lot of interesting history, particularly related the Christian persecution in the late 1500’s/early 1600’s.
Reviewed:2019/10/23 HBH Shimabara Castle
Another fine example of a reconstructed Japanese castle, in glorious white tiers. At the door are traditionally dressed locals signing you in. As usual shoes must be removed. Displays on each floor...

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Nagasaki Pref. Shimabarashi Jounai 1-1183-1 [ map ]
Unzen / ShimabaraArea
open everyday
[Admission fee] Adults550yen, Elementary/High school students 280yen
Parking Lot
Available 100spaces
Credit Card
Not available
Other (Non-smoking, Smoking area available)
English Menu
Temporary suspension:Closed until May 24, 2020 (Information as of May 5, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Possible (stairs inside the building)
Infant friendly
Pet friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          This hidden corner of the country is rural Japan at its best, where underground activity is to thank for active volcanoes and bubbling natural hot springs along the Shimabara Peninsula as well as the crystal clear waters of the Goto Islands off the west coast. Less well known than Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, Nagasaki commemorates its own past at the Nagasaki Peace Park, which sits alongside the charming Meganebashi stone bridge and a mix of religious buildings with beautiful architecture, such as the Zen Buddhist Sofukuji Temple, the Confucian Shrine, and the Oura Christian Church.

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