Nakatsu Castle (中津城, Nakatsu-jō) is a Japanese castle in the city of Nakatsu in Ōita Prefecture. It is known as one of the three mizujiro, or "castles on the sea", in Japan, with Takamatsu Castle in Kagawa Prefecture and Imabari Castle in Ehime Prefecture.Plan your visit to Nakatsu Castle and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Nakatsu road trip site.
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Nakatsu Castle is, beside Fukuzawa Yukichi’s former residence, certainly the main tourist attraction in Nakatsu. However, the exhibit inside is much similar to that of other castles, and there is... more »
Visited Nakatsu Castle on a free day from our Business stay in Nakatsu City. Interesting history and low cost entrance fee. Nice to sample some true Japanese culture during our busy schedule. more »
I had had an interest in the castle as it was originally founded by Josui Kuroda who was advisor to Hideyoshi Toyotomi that established nation-wide rule in 1590. Kuroda remains in history as one of... more »
There is free parking, but this visit is not for those who are handicapped. Otherwise,, it is worth the time and effort to see it. The admission is very reasonable. The way the castle is made is totally different than European castles and is more akin to a guard tower than anything else. If you go, be sure to go behind the stairs of every level. There are hidden things hard to see on nearly every level.
I wouldn't recommend this place to people who don't speak or read Japanese. Nothing except the pamphlet was in English and there was no more than a few paragraphs written in it.
The ticket is 600¥ for adult, 300¥ for kids. U will get a little discount if u come as a group of 40 people or more. English introduction (a piece of paper included with the ticket) are available for those who cant speak Japanese. The castle is small, and it will probably take less than 30 mins to visit the whole thing.
The views from the top are nice but there is no English information. Not really worth a $4 entry if you can't read Japanese. But the ticket booth/gift shop lady was really friendly and spoke some English. She gave us a map and highlighted good places nearby.
If you are in the area this is a great castle to visit. It is one of three castles in Japan that utilizes nearby ocean/river water to fill its moats (Takamatsu and the beautiful Imabari castle are the others) and the overhang is impressive. The museum is full of historical samuri armor and that type of stuff if you are so inclined. On the castle grounds is a sizable shrine/temple. After visiting, take a walk along the peaceful and pretty riverside walkway and have a picnic.
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