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Maruoka Castle

1-59 Kasumicho, Maruokacho, Sakai 910-0231, Fukui Prefecture
+81 776-66-0303
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Oldest original castle in Japan

Very interesting for its history. Worth visiting for the surrounding gardens, with a pond full of... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2017
Impressive for its history but not the size

It's one of a few castles in Japan which remains the original construction as the very first one... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Jiapeng Z
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1-59 Kasumicho, Maruokacho, Sakai 910-0231, Fukui Prefecture
+81 776-66-0303
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Very interesting for its history. Worth visiting for the surrounding gardens, with a pond full of koi, and definitely worth entering the castle. Be prepared to do some climbing (using rope to get up very steep steps), to see all of the inside of the...More

1  Thank KlapauciusJapan
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

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.

1  Thank Jiapeng Z
Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

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, then take a bus, never try to...More

Thank LloydCMC
Reviewed 21 April 2016

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. ‘Practically’ because it was – and this is a small...More

Thank ART196
Reviewed 26 February 2016

Here is beautiful old castle. Not big, but it has good atmosphere. They have many cherry blossome trees. It's very hard to go.

Thank fret d
Reviewed 17 September 2015

As I'm a great lover of Japanese castles, we had to stop here. The carpark below is free. There are quite a few stairs to climb to the top. We got there early (around 9 a.m.) on a weekday and we had the entire castle...More

2  Thank Vanessa Y
Reviewed 14 September 2015

It is free to explore the grounds and look at the castle, but 300 Yen to enter the castle, and also a small museum in a seperate building. Definitely worth entering the castle, an original old Japanese castle, for the views of the surrounding area....More

2  Thank KlapauciusJapan
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Old wooden castle. Was open for this visit as when last called in 2 years ago was closed. Steep steps up to the castle and even steeper inside to the floors which will be impossible for those with mobility difficulties. Nice views from the top...More

1  Thank WorcesterMoray
Reviewed 11 July 2015 via mobile

Small but original castle, if you like Japanese castles then well worth seeking out. If you are following Google maps it takes you to the wrong side, if you arrive and you can't park a bus in the car park then keep driving till you...More

Thank TrentEndNZ
Reviewed 19 May 2014

This castle is one of the the castle tower saved from that time which exists 12 castles in Japan. Since this castle has the best preservation of a wooden portion, it is estimated as the No.1 castle in Japan by lover of the castle.

Thank kaneneby
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