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Maruoka Castle, Sakai

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Castle Historic Site
Constructed in 1576, Maruoka Castle draws visitors to its tenshu, the oldest main keep in Japan. Destroyed by the Great Fukui Earthquake in 1948, the stronghold was later rebuilt using 80 percent of the original materials, including stone roof tiles, and pine and cedar wood. Climb the steep stairs to the top floor and enjoy the view from the watchtower. Apart from its historical importance, the castle's surrounding Yoshino cherry blossoms embody the spirit of Japan in spring. For Maruoka Castle and beyond, use our Sakai travel itinerary planner to get the most from your Sakai vacation.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • It's one of a few castles in Japan which remains the original construction as the very first one. However, it's a small castle comparing to Osaka-jo and Himeji-jo.  more »
  • I was told that Maruoka Castle is the oldest castle in Japan. (Neither Inuyama nor Hikone?) The main keep is a small one with many Sakura surrounding. If you go there by JR, get off at Sakai Station, ...  more »
  • We arrived just a little too late to Maruoka-jō and so couldn’t enter, which is a shame because this nice little castle is true to its 1576 form. Indeed it's practically in its original condition. ‘Pr...  more »
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  • The castle was neat to visit, even if it was small and not easy to get to from most major cities. The great thing was how friendly and helpful the staff and local residents were, even though it was clear we were taxing their English (way better than our Japanese will ever be). We had to visit late on a bad weather day, but they were doing everything they could to make us feel welcome. Although it lacks some of the detailed historical and museum content and displays that other castles have (the original layout diorama was the highlight), it has all the original and authentic feel you should expect from visiting a piece of 450-year old history.
  • Said to be the oldest castle in Japan. The climbs up the steep wooden ladders give a sense of how life may have been for its original inhabitants. At only 200 yen for admission, it was a wonderful cultural experience.
  • amazing castle, the oldest one in japan if i'm correct
  • A beautiful, old castle...which is kind of an above ground dungeon. The stairs can be difficult to climb.
  • nice one