We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Shimabara Castle

1-1183-1 Jonai, Shimabara 855-0036, Nagasaki Prefecture
+81 957-62-4766
Review Highlights
The most popular attraction in town

The Shimabara Castle is probably the "must see" attraction in town. It is centrally located, a 10... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Andrew M
Well presented

Lovely views and gardens. Museum was well done and the enthusiastic staff at the entry dressed in... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
Read all 215 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent16%
  • Very good54%
  • Average28%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1-1183-1 Jonai, Shimabara 855-0036, Nagasaki Prefecture
+81 957-62-4766
Write a Review
Reviews (215)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 29 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Shimabara Castle is probably the "must see" attraction in town. It is centrally located, a 10 minute walk from the main railway station (Shimabara Railway Station). Most buses in Shimabara stop near to the castle, and the Shimatetsu Bus Station is a 15 minute...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Lovely views and gardens. Museum was well done and the enthusiastic staff at the entry dressed in costume a highlight.

Thank hinau
Reviewed 11 April 2017

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...More

Thank ncjc2013
Reviewed 4 April 2017

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
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...More

Thank Sherry T
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...More

Thank Keizo
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...More

Thank Ken G
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...More

3  Thank Xin R
Reviewed 6 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...More

Thank deartist
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...More

1  Thank Joshua H
Nearby Restaurants
88 reviews
.16 km away
Nakaya Kissabu
1 review
.18 km away
5 reviews
.21 km away
Grand Cafe
.23 km away
Nearby Attractions
Yusui Garden Shimeisou
68 reviews
.64 km away
Samurai Houses
86 reviews
.54 km away
Shimabara Yusui Museum
19 reviews
.60 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Shimabara Castle staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines