Kokura Castle, Kitakyushu

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. Take a look at our Kitakyushu road trip planning site to schedule your visit to Kokura Castle and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • It is about a 10-minute walk from Ogura Station and access from the city is excellent, but the castle itself is small, and the window glass seen from the outside is very noticeable. The premises are tasteful.
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  • This nicely restored castle has a good mix of history and fun. Walkable from the Kokura train station. Kids, including those 65+ will enjoy riding the palanquin and sitting in on a samurai war council...  more »
  • It was nice daytime, but Ogura Castle at night was also quite nice. The night light reflected in the next building and the shadow was reflected in the beautiful scenery and it was a good memory.
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  • Nice place to go and quite easy access thanks to the signs in English language on the street. I definitely recommend to visit this place. For now (Oct. 2018) the inside of the castle is closed but the garden is nice and the entrance is free. I also advise not to limit yourselves to the gardens but to go the the neighbouring shrine. Put the Kokura castle on your to do list !
  • Small size castle but is kept is good condition. You can enjoy historic and also the view from the castle.
  • Currently under reparings so you can't go inside the castle.. But you can enjoy its beauty from the outside
  • The surrounding is very nice. However, the garden needs fixing. Nice autumn colours at the time.
  • When I went there, it was closed for a renovation of main castle. I took some pics outside of the castle. Definitely a small castle compared with others in Japan.
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