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Address: 1-1183-1 Jonai, Shimabara 855-0036, Nagasaki Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 957-62-4766
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Nice view from the top

To better understand the Shimabara Rebellion, visit here and go inside the castle. Also, the view from the top is very nice if its nice weather.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 13, 2015
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Turners Beach, Australia
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72 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Shimabara is a bit out of the way but travel is easy, even on the local train line you have to use to get there. The castle is great though and only a 5 minute walk from the station (you can see the castle as you exit the station). The complex is well maintained, you can access all parts of... More 

Thank Paul F
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56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

To better understand the Shimabara Rebellion, visit here and go inside the castle. Also, the view from the top is very nice if its nice weather.

Thank rena_fr
Newcastle, Australia
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90 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Did a tour here as part of a cruise ship itinerary from Nagasaki. It has an excellent atmosphere with performers out the front welcoming you to the castle and dressed up in a range of Japanese style clothing. There are excellent displays of armour and weapons inside. Nearby are the Samurai houses which are also worth a visit. I had... More 

Thank Brisbane41
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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82 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Allright, it is a reconstruction. Yet, a very pretty one. If you are on Shimabara peninsula or Nagasaki - don't miss this one. Especially if you are interested in Japanese-Christian history.

Thank Sfitseart
Level Contributor
39 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

It was nice to go, tho the place was quite small and nothing much. Kids got to dress up as samurai for free and there are some toy weapons for them to play. Staff are very friendly and helpful.

1 Thank cliffapple
Melbourne, Australia
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157 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The outside of the building is impressive. The costumed staff are a lot of fun - posing for, posing with, and taking your picture - take you pick! Inside the castle are a lot of interesting displays on many floors. Great view from the top but be preapred for a lot of flights of stairs. If your up to it... More 

Thank Gonefishingx
Hervey Bay, Australia
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288 reviews
169 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This was not the best we had visited but its surrounds were interesting . The buildings and gardens were beautiful and the staff dressed as Samurai were terrific and provided us with many photos. Inside the castle was pretty average and to get the best view you had to climb numerous stairs. Each level had art and Samurai items which... More 

1 Thank Bob S
Singapore, Singapore
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36 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

The Shimabara castle was quite ordinary. However, the many friendly samurai made a lot of difference. They were friendly and eager to help. They made the whole experience much more fantanstic. The inside of the castle displays many of the old Japanese artifacts and give us a small glimpse about their way of life. We had fun taking photos with... More 

2 Thank Juneohzn
Far North Queensland - Australia
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189 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Visited here in March 2012 and it was freezing. The castle was impressive from the outside, but inside it was very dissapointing, the displays did not have english translation for most things so just had to look. It was not heated at all inside and was icy. The building is not the original one and has been rebuilt using concrete,... More 

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