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Address: 1-1183-1 Jonai, Shimabara 855-0036, Nagasaki Prefecture
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+81 957-62-4766
09:00 - 17:30
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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.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Rolling Hills Estates, California
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344 reviews
209 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 in English. On the top floor you can go outside to take pictures of the views.

Thank ncjc2013
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809 reviews
289 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank SBF2
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20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

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 greet guest. They were quite obliging when it comes to taking photos. One dude even just posed without my asking. All I did was point... More 

Thank Sherry T
Kawasaki, Japan
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310 reviews
165 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

You can see many interesting exhibits on each floor and a good view from the top. Kitamura Seibo born here made a peace memorial statue in Nagasaki city and the smaller replica can be seen in the museam bearing his name in the same location as the castle.You can also have a traditional local foods in a souvenir/cafe shop there.

Thank Keizo
Perth, Australia
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34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

To get here was an interesting scenic drive from Nagasaki Port. First impressions were how pretty the hilly scenery was and how distinctive was the Japanese style of roofing their dwellings. Shimbara Castle was not a castle in the European sense but a good example of classic Japanese castle architecture. This was the Shogun's (a local Warrior Governor) castle. We... More 

Thank Ken G
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40 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

From Shimabara Railway Station, walk straight ahead, then follow the signs to enter Shimabara Castle. The castle is beautiful, though I am unsure how it is compared to other Japanese castles as this is the first I have visited. Looking at the castle buildings is free. To enter the castle buildings, an admission fee of 520 yen is required per... More 

2 Thank Xin R
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

We were greeted with Edo costumed locals who spoke English very well, and tried to get us all to get into costume. We had one brave enough to be a Samuri warrior. Children were dressed as ninjas climbing the rocks. The gardens and flags around the grounds were surrounded by a moat (which was dry when we were there), It... More 

Thank deartist
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105 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

At Himeji castle our guide going to Shimabara Castle to learn about the Japanese Christians. The castle has a good museum inside that displays many artifacts from the brief era of christianity in Japan. Also on the grounds is a building displaying sculptures carved by Seibo Kitamura who carved the statue in the peace park in Nagasaki.

1 Thank Joshua H
Krakow, Poland
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34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

The castle in Kumamoto sits atop a large plateau, a beautiful park, portions of the original castle, and a large restored section of the castle complex. Definitely worth a visit. A good visit for adults and children.

1 Thank Stonewallgreyfox
Hong Kong, China
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52 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

We visited Shimabra in June 2016. When compared with other cities such as Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, Shimabara is a relatively small town that is 2-hour apart from the City of Nagasaki. Shimabara used to be a city for low-tier Samurai. It is also a city of "Swimming Carp", that is you can see colorful nishikigoi carp swimming through the... More 

1 Thank May W

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