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Shimabara Castle, Shimabara

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Castle Historic Site
Take in the imposing walls of Shimabara Castle, a 17th-century fortification framed by blossoming trees and complete with moat, watchtowers, and keep. Pose for pictures with staff in costumes from the Edo period when you enter, and then move on to inspect the array of artifacts and tools in the keep museum, which traces the history of this complex and its politics. You'll have opportunities to dress up yourself as a samurai warrior. Prepare to navigate many stairs within the keep, but panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside reward your efforts. Plan to see Shimabara Castle and other attractions that appeal to you using our Shimabara itinerary planner.
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  • I was really looking forward to coming here, and was expecting a furnished castle. The outside lives up to what I expected. The inside was very sparse, some exhibits behind glass windows. Nothing was ...  more »
  • Nice history overlooking the town. Friendly staff put on a little song and dance show and take pictures with tourists. Interesting exhibit and nice grounds.  more »
  • We were suffering a little from castle fatigue by the time we got to Shimabara Castle. Nevertheless, it was still decent. There were actors who were dressed as feudal lord at the entrance, awaiting to...  more »
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  • Excellent small history museum, lovely gardens with exhibition statues. Café and souvenir shop both excellent. Castle has great views of Mount Unzen on fifth floor.
  • Beautiful castle and its surrounding stone sculptures. Very nice panoramic views from the top deck
  • The 5-floor castle was ruined and now rebuilt. Definitely worthy to visit and take a look. By the way, the Top 100 Castle stamp is located at the ticket booth when you enter the castle.
  • Another castle on my list to tick off. I was pleasantly surprised by th a sculptures in the grounds. Nearby is a really nice buke yashiki, samurai street.
  • 360° big view of shimabara on top floor