Japanese Culture & Crafts

Tsuruga-jo Kaikan (Assembly Hall)

The Assembly Hall is a rest house next to Tsuruga-jo castle.

Here you can try local cuisine, from "Wappa Meshi" and sauce katsudon to soba noodles and Kitakata ramen.
The French restaurant "Racines" is also on the premises, so that both Japanese and western-style cuisines can be enjoyed in one location. The restaurants have seating for approximately 1,000 guests.

The first floor store sells local Aizu goods and souvenirs, from Kitakata ramen, soba noodles, and Japanese pickles, to sweets and "akabeko" red cows.(Tax-free Shop)

You can try painting your own akabeko cow (a traditional folk toy which is said to bring luck), and take it home as a good luck charm along with the memories of your trip. Akabeko-painting requires a reservation and takes about thirty minutes.

The parking area accommodates full-size buses as well as personal vehicles.


4-47 Oite-Machi, Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Pref.
Tsuruga-jo Kaikan (Assembly Hall)
Best season
Cherry blossom season (Mid-April) and when the autumn leaves turn red (early November).
Open daily year-round
Parking is available for up to 200 cars and 50 full-size buses (free for restaurant and store customers).
By train: Get off at Aizuwakamatsu Station on the JR Ban-etsu Sai-Sen (West Line). From Aizuwakamatsu Station, take the "Haikara-san" local bus to the Tsuruga-jo Kita-guchi (Tsuruga Castle North Entrance) bus stop, approx. 15 min.
By car: Approx. 15 min. from Aizuwakamatsu exit on the Ban-etsu Expressway. (The Aizuwakamatsu exit is approx. 1 hour 30 min. from Fukushima Airport.)

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