SIGHTSEEING

Museum & Galleries

Tsuruga-jo Castle

Tsuruga-jo Castle allows visitors the opportunity to experience history, nature, and tradition with all five senses. Despite being mostly reconstructed, the surrounding park's stone walls remain in their original state.

In 2010, for the first time in the 45 years since it was refurbished in 1965, the castle underwent a cosmetic restoration. At last, in the spring of 2011, the same red tile roofs of Tsuruga-jo that were seen by the Byakkotai during the Boshin War at the final days of the Tokugawa shogunate were displayed for all to see.

Within the castle tower's museum, the swords and armor of the successive lords of the castle are on display and visitors can watch a CG theater video reflecting on the great history of Aizu. Along with the historical atmosphere surrounding Tsuruga-jo, visitors can sense the changes that have occurred throughout history, thanks to the engaging and informative museum within the castle walls.

Because all of Aizu, including Mt. Bandai and Iimoriyama, can be seen from the fifth-floor viewing platform at the top of the castle tower, it is fun to gaze across the surrounding area with the feeling of a feudal lord looking over his domain. The castle is also a must-see in the springtime, when approximately 1,000 cherry trees offer a magnificent display within the castle's grounds.

Information

Location
1-1 Outemachi, Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Pref. 965-0873
Contact
Aizuwakamatsu City Tourism Bureau
TEL:+81-242-27-4005
FAX:+81-242-27-4012
E-mail:info@tsurugajo.com
Website
http://www.tsurugajo.com/language/eng/index.html
Best season
All year
Closed
Open every day
Parking
Available
Entrance Fee
Park entrance: Free. Castle tower admission: ¥410 for adults.
Rinkaku combination ticket: ¥510 for adults, ¥150 for children under 12.
Key points of the sightseeing spot/ recommended points for tours
Tsuruga-jo is one of Japan's most famous castles. The castle tower includes a museum, which introduces Japanese history in any easy-to-understand manner. From the fifth-floor viewing platform at the top of the tower, you can take in an unbroken view of Aizu.
Access
By bus: The nearest bus stops serving the castle are Tsuruga-jo Kita-guchi (Tsuruga-jo North Entrance) and Tsuruga-jo Nishi (Tsuruga-jo West).
The nearest stops on the "Haikara-san" bus route are Tsuruga-jo Kita-guchi and San-no-Maru.

Access Map

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