The Castle Tower of Wakamatsu Castle(Tsurugajo Castle)

Castle / Ruins of Castle
This is a Japanese castle in Otemachi, Aizuwakamatsu City. Locally it is called Tsurugajo Castle. The castle was the seat of famous feudal warlords but was damaged in the Boshin Civil War at the end of the Edo period and demolished in 1874. It was rebuilt in 1965, and in 2011 the roof tiles were reverted to the original red resembling the time of the end of Tokugawa Shogunate. It is the only castle in Japan where visitors can see the elegant red tiled keep. In addition, the castle tower also acts as a museum focusing on the Boshin War, exhibiting helmets, weapons, materials, etc. of successive castle owners. Around the castle tower is also a cherry blossom viewing area and many visitors come to visit in the spring.

Spot details

Address
Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Outemachi 1-1 In Tsurugajo Park
Phone
0242274005
Hours
8:30-17:00 (Last Deadline 16:30)
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Admission fee] [Adults (High school students and above)] 520yen (common ticket for tea room) [Children (small/Junior high school students)] 150yen
Parking Lot
Available
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, DISCOVER, Diners Club)
Smoking
Not available (Smoking Available Noh Location Setting Available)
Wi-Fi
Available (Aizu Free-Wifi) * However, it is slow because it is old.
Note
Temporary suspension:Currently closed (information as of May 8, 2020)
*Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Infant friendly
Available

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Best in the Autumn
    4.0 Reviewed:2021.01.23
    The castle grounds are always open, though the main tower is open just during the day. Go in the early morning for private views of the foilage. It was foggy during my visit, creating a magical...
  • excellent historical displays and gift shop
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.02.02
    like many re-built castles, Tsuruga-jo is a historical museum in a town with a rich samurai history. From the lookout at the top of the Castle, there are panoramic views of the city, and on the way...
  • EVEN IF IS A REPLICA IT IS WELL DONE
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.10.28
    The interior is a museum that gives you history of the several rebuilding of the castle plus all the owners with their demise. This building played an important part in the death of the samurai way...

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