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Maruoka Castle (Kasumigajo)丸岡城(霞ヶ城)

Historical Monument

This castle on a hill, located in Maruoka Town of Sakai City, Fukui Prefecture, was built by Shibata Katsuie’s nephew Shibata Katsutoyo in 1576. Nowadays, only two-story and three-roofed castle tower (tenshukaku) remains, and it was registered as Important Cultural Properties in 1950. It is the oldest tenshukaku in existence in the country, and about 400 cherry trees were planted around it as part of the surrounding Kasumigajo Park. A light-up event is held when the cherry blossoms bloom, giving the tower an ethereal look.


Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Maruokachoukasumichou 1-59 (Fukui / Katsuyama / AwaraArea)

phone 0776660303

8:30-17:00 (Last entry until 16:30)

Review of Maruoka Castle

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/09/30 Tiny castle and oldest (?) castle keep
We were in Fukui for Eiheiji and had saved time for a visit to the Maruoka.

If we weren’t already close by and didn’t have the time, this wouldn’t be a place we’d necessarily go out of our way to...
Reviewed:2018/09/18 Watch your step!
This is quite a small castle, but a lot of fun to climb up the steep wooden ladder-like interior stairs to get to the next floor. Luckily there is a sturdy rope to hang onto to help you up and down...
Reviewed:2017/09/29 Oldest original castle in Japan
Very interesting for its history.
Worth visiting for the surrounding gardens, with a pond full of koi, and definitely worth entering the castle. Be prepared to do some climbing (using rope to get up...

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Fukui Pref. Sakaishi Maruokachoukasumichou 1-59 [ map ]
Fukui / Katsuyama / AwaraArea
8:30-17:00 (Last entry until 16:30)
open everyday
[Admission fee]
[Adult] 450yen
[Small/Junior High School Students] 150yen
Parking Lot
Available 140spaces
Credit Card
Not available
[Parking Information] 1-59 Sakaimachi Maruokacho Sakai City Fukui Prefecture Tel:0776-66-0303

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Northeast of Kyoto, the ancient Tojinbo Cliffs separate Fukui prefecture from the Sea of Japan in a stretch of land well worth exploring. Water sports and seaside delicacies are available in abundance as the spectacular rugged coastline flattens down into beaches to the west of the prefecture, while inland, Fukui is home to Zen Buddhist temples and historic ruins.

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