Shimabara Castle

Castle / Ruins of Castle
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.

Spot details

Address
Nagasaki Pref. Shimabarashi Jounai 1-1183-1
Phone
0957624766
Hours
9:00-17:30
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Admission fee] Adults550yen, elementary, junior high and high school students 280yen
Parking Lot
Available(100spaces)
※1Times330yen
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Others (No smoking in the building, Smoking area available on site)
Wi-Fi
Available
English Menu
Available
Note
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
Yes
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Yes (stairs in the hall)
Infant friendly
Available
Pet friendly
Available

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Spot to learn about the history of Christian beliefs and oppression
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.12.31
    島原を象徴する史跡の一つです。天守は復元されたものですが威風堂々としており、ぐるっと囲まれた堀のどこから見てもその素晴らしさを窺い知ることが出来ます。天守内は歴史資料館となっていますが、他の日本の城とは一線を画し、潜伏していたキリシタンの史料が多く展示されています。島原を中心としたキリシタンの信仰と彼らを弾圧しようとする勢力との戦いを学ぶことが出来る施設の一つでもあります。最上階からの展望室か...
  • Symbol of Shimabara
    4.0 Reviewed:2020.12.24
    Although this castle is a reconstruction of Showa Time, it is still the main tourist attraction and the symbol of Shimabara. Inside is a historical museum, and you can learn the history of Shimabara...
  • Great Museum on Hidden Christians, Gruesome History!
    4.0 Reviewed:2019.12.30
    The big deal about this castle is the part it played in the Shimabara Rebellion in the 1600s. The mostly Christian peasants rose up against their cruel master and attacked this (his) castle. They...

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