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Address: 1-1183-1 Jonai, Shimabara 855-0036, Nagasaki Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 957-62-4766
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Take the time to learn a little Christian Japanese history ...

The five-storied castle was originally built on flat land in 1624, demolished in 1874 and then rebuilt in 1964. The Arima clan were perhaps some of the very first Christian Lords... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 28, 2015
Vanessa Y
Tokyo, Japan
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Kani, Japan
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70 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

I really enjoyed this one! It's a lesser known castle but shouldn't be. The staff are all super nice and very helpful. Probably one of the best in terms of the exhibits and information inside

Thank turkjj25
Tokyo, Japan
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192 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

The five-storied castle was originally built on flat land in 1624, demolished in 1874 and then rebuilt in 1964. The Arima clan were perhaps some of the very first Christian Lords (daimyo) who ruled the area before Christianiy was officially prohibited by the Tokugawa Shogunate (1614) and the anti-Christian, Shigemasa Matsukura took over the area. He executed many Christians and... More 

Thank Vanessa Y
Turners Beach, Australia
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

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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84 reviews
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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
Yulara, Australia
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121 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 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
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53 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 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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162 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 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 

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Hervey Bay, Australia
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312 reviews
178 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 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 23 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 

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