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Kokura Castle, Kitakyushu

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Castle Landmark
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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  • I love the place, it is full of history however for non Japanese speaker, you do not enjoy 100% because some of the area does not have any english but still recommend to visit.  more »
  • Kokura castle is a reconstructed castle with a cool museum in it. You can explore the castle and IT IS AWESOME! you can try being a daimyo for a day there. It has some english explanation in it but ne...  more »
  • Its rather small. But go in the evening when it's lit up. It's a gorgeous view for your eyes to rest upon. Enjoy the small park in front of castle. So bring some sake and sushi, and indulge in the cit...  more »
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  • Missed this castle before but made the trip to see it this time and was not disappointed. Set in a terrific location looking over the river walk , Yasaka Shrine and a gallery. Surrounding area is very pretty along the river, food vans park on the edge of the castle and there are bicycles for hire nearby if you don't want to walk.
  • Looks like an old castle but once you go inside, it seems like you are not in a castle anymore 😂. Really friendly to disable people who want to go up until the top of the castle.
  • Small but quite beautiful. Especially in spring
  • The Kokura Castle area is quite small comparing to other famous castles around Japan. Nice scenic though.
  • I miss this place. I was a very nice experience.

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Where to stay in Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu boasts a good number of accommodations to host its relatively modest amount of visitors. Primarily located across the canal from the city hall, the choice includes a number of high-rise hotels and simple "ryokan" (guesthouses). Take a look to the north of the main train station for the most luxurious options in town, with extensive views of the sea and the old buildings of the dock. Holiday rentals provide a particularly budget-friendly option further inland in the main residential districts.
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