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Imabari Castle今治城

Historical Monument

Imabari Castle was built in 1602 by Takatora Todo, a military commander who did well in the famous Battle of Sekigahara and consequently controlled a large territory in the province of Iyo. The castle sitting on the coast is unique in Japan with its seawater moat and entrance for ships. Most of the buildings were destroyed after the Meiji Restoration with only the inner moat and the stone wall of the castle remaining, but the castle tower and the iron gates were reconstructed after 1980 restoring the castle to its former glory. Inside the castle itself visitors will find many important artifacts on display including armor worn by the feudal lords and pictures and writings, etc.


Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Torichou 3-1-3 Imabari castle management office (Imabari / Shimanami KaidoArea)

phone 0898319233


Review of Imabari Castle

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/11/12 Pretty Little Castle With Beautiful Grounds
I think the title of my review sums up our experience quite well. The castle itself is relatively small, and while it is worth a visit if you're in Imabari, it's not the kind of attraction you should...
Reviewed:2018/08/30 Nice and easy to access
The castle is surrounded by water.
Unlike other typical castle, its compound is not so big and located on ground level, which does not need to climb stairs and slopes to reach the main castle.
Reviewed:2018/05/21 Castle by the sea
Beautiful reconstructed castle which is surrounded by great looking original walls and a wide sea water moat. It cost 500-yen to enter but 65-yrs+ get in for 400-yen. Yeah! Gotta take off shoes...

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Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Torichou 3-1-3 Imabari castle management office [ map ]
Imabari / Shimanami KaidoArea
[Admission fee to view] 520yen (common ticket for tower, your Friday turret, Yamasato turret, iron gate, and armor turret), Over 65420yen, college student/vocational student 260yen, under 18 years old Free
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Available (on the first floor of the castle tower)
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Not allowed (Shiroyama Park is allowed)
Infant friendly
Pet friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Stretched across the northwest corner of Shikoku island, Ehime is a nature-rich prefecture boasting beautiful coastlines and a rural center where mountains play host to 26 of the Buddhist temples that make up the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Matsuyama is home to an original post-feudal castle as well as Dogo Onsen, one of the country’s oldest natural hot springs. The northern city of Imabari marks the entrance to the Shimano Kaido, a road that crosses six spectacular bridges and several islands, forming a route between Shikoku and mainland Honshu.

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