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Marugame Castle

Ichibancho, Marugame 763-0025, Kagawa Prefecture
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Another great original castle

There isn't a lot to do in the castle, but the walls are great and the long walk to get to the... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2017
Victoria, Canada
No Need to See the Interior

The interior of the castle costs admission fee, yet it is very empty without many exhibits. I am... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2016
Hong Kong, China
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Ichibancho, Marugame 763-0025, Kagawa Prefecture
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Reviewed 30 June 2017

There isn't a lot to do in the castle, but the walls are great and the long walk to get to the castle are a lot of fun if you take the traditional and longer route to the keep. This is a little plain, but...More

Thank Voodew
Reviewed 28 December 2016

The interior of the castle costs admission fee, yet it is very empty without many exhibits. I am not saying this because I do not understand the Japanese words, but because there really is limited information boards, so it is not worth the money. The...More

1  Thank D L
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

The main keep is original, but most of the other fortifications are gone. The keep is empty inside, but worth a quick look if you can spare 200 yen. The park surrounding the castle makes for a pleasant walk, and the views are great from...More

Thank fabgo
Reviewed 13 November 2016

To create Marugame Castle an entire hill was encased in towering ishigaki (stone wall) and ringed by a moat. With scant room for large trees to grow, these resplendent walls rise in tiers above the surrounding town like some tremendous ziggurat. Marugamejō contains an original...More

1  Thank ART196
Reviewed 23 June 2016

It is one of only a dozen Japanese castles to still have an original wooden tenshu built before 1860. It's a castle on the hill, so some leg power is reqired to see it. However when you finish the climbing of the hill, you can...More

Thank sugarmountain2016
Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

It's best to view this as a castle-based park rather than a castle, as the keep looks rather small and lonely up top (I decided not to pay to enter, having already visited the castles in Kochi and Hikone). The walls are really impressive though...More

Thank occhiolist
Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

I walked up there yesterday with my family it's undoubtedly the highlight in the area. Cherry blossoms starting to come out now at the end of March which gives a very beautiful scenery.

1  Thank jan-japan
Reviewed 25 October 2015

A charming small castle dates from 1644. Perky built on a manmade hill, sixty meters in height and surrounded by a moat, right in the middle of the city. It offers a magnificent panoramic view. To the West, we see a great plain, with an...More

1  Thank JapanExpress
Reviewed 21 July 2015

Marugame is a fantastic little castle, one of the 12 originals in Japan. It is good walk a bit hot and humid in July, with a great view of the city. Got some wonderful photos even with it being overcast.

1  Thank Gary B
Reviewed 4 April 2015 via mobile

We visited early April when the Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) were in full bloom, making it a special and lucky time to visit. Good view of the city and surrounds from vantage points on castle grounds.

Thank Edward L
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