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Address: 1-59 Kasumicho, Maruokacho, Sakai 910-0231, Fukui Prefecture
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丸岡城 [福井県、坂井郡] Maruoka Castle, Sakai, Fukui Prefecture

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 April 2016
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 reach there from the Maruoka JR Station!

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Thank LloydCMC
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236 reviews
236 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 technicality – laid waste by an earthquake in 1948. However, by the time it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Tokyo, Japan
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211 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 to ourselves - when we left more people came. It is said to be the... More 

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Japan
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193 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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. It used to be used as a watchtower, and from the views it commands it... More 

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Worcester
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386 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 590 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 floor. Worth walking around the walls to get impression of size and way built.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 see the one you can park one in.

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Thank TrentEndNZ
Tokyo, Japan
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57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank kaneneby
New York City, New York
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741 reviews
527 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

One legend says they could not secure the wall foundation as it would sink into the ground so they sacrificed a young girl putting her into the foundation and crushing her to death with wall stones. Another legend says that every time enemies approached the castle thick fog descended on it and covered it from enemy eyes. Whatever the legend,... More 

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Thank Ron S
Japan
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193 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

Not especially large or special, but notable for being an original castle, not rebuilt since 1576, having escaped war or fire. Nice walk up a hill to it, with some good views of the area. Cafe and gift shop nearby, and a large fish pond with koi eager for bread. Entrance to the castle is charged (aound 300Yen), but free... More 

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