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Tsuruga Castle, Aizuwakamatsu

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Visit Tsuruga Castle to explore one of finest examples of traditional Japanese castles and a last refuge of the samurai. The castle suffered a turbulent history, ranging from natural disasters to sieges, which damaged its facade multiple times and led to many restorations. Today a concrete replica, rebuilt thanks to local enthusiasm, stands 34 m (111 ft) tall on its ancient foundation, complete with an elegant tiered tenshu (tower), reconstructed in 1965. Climb up the tower to reach the museum inside and the observation gallery on the top, offering panoramic views of the city. Work out when and for how long to visit Tsuruga Castle and other Aizuwakamatsu attractions using our handy Aizuwakamatsu itinerary maker.
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  • Dramatic castle reconstructed in the 1960's which has great exhibits in Japanese and English describing the details of the last of the samurai resisting the transfer of power to the Meiji government a...  more »
  • this is a must visit if you are really interested in the history of the rulers of Japan. The exhibits span over many centuries and there is sufficient info in english language.  more »
  • This is a castle just like the others. In April it can be very cold inside too. If you are on a day trip you can drop your luggage in the coin locker at the station.  more »
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  • Awesome castle very great history of the castle in the tour! It has a great view of Aizu from the top of the castle! Takes about an hour to go through if you go to each exhibit and read through all the educational aspect You get a discount if you buy the bus tour day pass which I highly recommend! Going during the cherry blossom season is the best estimated around April!
  • Reconstructed castle with museum inside - very similar concept to Osaka castle. However, the displays are, IMO, better presented than Osaka castle, crowds smaller and lots of interesting facts on the Boshin War (civil war in Japan between Emperor and Shogunate on the verge of westernization in the 1800s) that outline society in Japan back in the day. Worth a visit for a look into Japanese history.
  • If you want to see and learn about important events in Japanese history, this is a must see location. Do a little reading online before you visit so you can appreciate the trip.
  • Aizu clan's impressive reconstructed castle overseeing the city of Aizu Wakamatsu. It has great historical display of Boshin war. Yes house loved by the Lord in the castle garden.
  • Many things in english, helps for internationals.