Trip Planner : Asia / Japan / Kyushu-Okinawa / Fukuoka Prefecture / Kitakyushu / Historic Sites / Kokura Castle
Kokura Castle, Kitakyushu
Categories: Castles, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
Visit the historic Kokura Castle, a former clan and military base, now reconstructed and housing a number of cultural attractions. Built in 1602, the castle was central to regional clan wars, burnt down during the clash between the Kokura and Choshu clans in 1866, and used as a military base at the turn of the 20th century. The architecture of the keep--reconstructed in 1959--has a particularly aesthetic, with its tough stone base standing in contrast to the modern city that surrounds it. Stop off at the folklore museum during your visit, as well as the institution dedicated to crime writer Seicho Matsumoto. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Kokura Castle and many more Kitakyushu attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Kitakyushu tourist route planner.
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営業前の朝にサクッと散策。お堀が立派で感動。 感動しながら、お城の方へ歩みを進めると早朝にも関わらず、海外の観光客も数組みいました。時間がなくちゃんと見れずじまいになってしまいましたが、小倉に来たらもう一度再訪したいと思うくらい素敵な場所でした。And walk in the morning before the opening. Moat is good and inspiring. Whilst admiring the advancing progress towards the Castle early in the morning despite the number combinations were foreign tourists. Without time-consuming and couldn't one think have come to Kokura again wants to revisit the lovely location.show original
There is a large car park beneath the area. I parked the car and walk up to take pictures. Entrance to the castle is ¥350. The nearby mall is River Walk, a landmark mall with the art museum in the 5th... read more »
Great history in the heart of Kitakyushu. Explore this castle which was rebuilt in 1959 after it was burned down due to war.
Free wifi but limited access. Inside castle, it is all new built.
The castle is set against the backdrop of Riverwalk Shopping Centre, a rather ugly juxtaposition. However, it is sufficiently enclosed within the walls and trees to give a very traditional feel. It is a beautiful place to visit for Hanami (Cherry blossom viewing), with a small pickle shop within the castle. However, if you expect the castle to be traditional inside, like many castle in Japan, it has now sadly been sterilised into a museum, and so it is best appreciated from under the cherry blossoms in late March from the outside. Walking around the gardens, moat and temple complex is free and I highly recommend it should you visit Kokura as it's within easy walk of the Station and labelled in English on the ground with plaques to follow.
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