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Maruoka Castle, Sakai

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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. Make Maruoka Castle a part of your Sakai vacation plans using our Sakai day trip planner .
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  • I stopped by on my way home I stayed at yamashiro Onsen. Dirty in a good way, I feel the article. Because the small ends up seeing immediately. I'm rather than visiting this castle to see, what would stop.
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  • Entrance fee ¥ 450 is allowed three short letters of and the history museum. Castle is among the oldest, history really came through. Maybe they look like the Nagoya Castle and Osaka Castle pomp is pointless, please look. Rise slowly at their own pace, there are steep stairs, rope, and fine.
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  • Maruoka Castle, built by Shibata WINS, was on retainer of ODA Nobunaga, Shibata Katsuie's nephew. Unusual then, Yasui, Aoyama, Imamura, Honda, ARIMA and numerous successive Lords has taken, but after the Meiji Restoration until today long Tower surviving Castle is a historical cultural assets as a gazebo, formed the initial castle building. 0/1934 once was designated as a national treasure, but 0/1948 Fukui earthquake collapse is changing nationally. I think it is very much worth has been however repair rebuilt in its original state, again as a national treasure that is specified. Not to say that there is historical value as a Castle Tower with a big feel small but heavy historical stately.
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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

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Where to stay in Sakai

A modern agglomeration of what were once multiple towns, the city of Sakai has many centers. Even so, it offers few places to stay, with just a small number of hotels close to the castle and over by the coast. The established town of Fukui to the south possesses a greater diversity of places to stay, including a number of standard hotels and traditional ryokans. The hot spring resort town of Awara, just north of Sakai, has a wealth of ryokans with onsite onsens.
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