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Saorinmayor wrote a review Jun 2017
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan168 contributions11 helpful votes
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I'm sure you'll like this castle. It's not only the place, all of people working here are kind and nice. I and my sis experienced to wear the samurai costume free of charge. Please ask staff if you want! They provide you a special experience! 桜の季節に清洲城を訪れました。城を取り囲む桜並木はとてもきれいでした。わたしはここでサムライ体験しました。時間は決まっているみたいですが、無料で着付けてくれます。鎧は大変重いです。良い体験できました。
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Date of experience: April 2017
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J&S_Singapore wrote a review Apr 2017
Singapore, Singapore3,261 contributions423 helpful votes
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A last minute plan change and we find ourselves visiting here. Very lucky for us it is still open on a Monday morning!! We alighted at Kiyosu station Station (using the JR tokaido line local for GiFU) and follow the instructions walking alongside the railway track and quiet neighbourhood for next 15 mins. Finally we reached the Castle Ruin Park where you will see some castle ruins thought to be the original castle site and smaller shrines around. The castle is visible here, a slight hill. Then there is the souvenir shop cum teahouse, proving the warmth we much needed with temperature of sub-10 in March.. We crossed the wonderful and ornamental Otebashi Bridge (red-bridge which is illuminated along with Kiyosu Castle at night). Not to miss taking photos here with the castle as background! Superb setting. The modern city of Kiyosu (清須市) is actively promoting tourism so we were very glad that there is actually free-wifi here!! Once declared as The Greatest Castle in Japan Kiyosu Castle was the starting point for the great Oda Nobunaga's unification of Japan, and was the important historic base and stepping-stone in his war campaign from 1555 onwards. Many of the exhibits in the fortress are related to this famous Japanese warrior What you see now was reconstructed – there is no moat to talk about, just standalone. Once inside the front gate we were greeted by a beautiful, zen-like Japanese garden just before the castle entrance.. Making the castle extremely photogenic from here! As usual, no shoes and photos shot allowed inside.. Each floor has displays and history of the castle and it's lord. Not much is written in English on the displays, but do get the information guide sheet, it helps. The ground floor display samurai armour and more. Other levels include display of local pottery, swords, suits of samurai armour regarding the castles’ history and it’s battles past in the Period of Warring States. The recent renovation of the castle's interior has added audio-visual displays detailing the complicated history surrounding Kiyosu Castle. Unfortunately none in English so we do not get to use them. We spent an hour or two and departed from the other side. There are also interesting places to visit nearby. It includes nearby Kiyosu Koen Park and the lower Bronze statues of Lord Nobunaga Oda and Nohime. We again walked along the river bank as a peaceful stroll and amongst quiet neighbourhood until we hit Shin Kiyosu Station on the Meitetsu Line. And that was the 8th castle we have visited so far in Japan! And the 3rd 5-star attraction I have reviewed personally! This place is not touristy unlike the other castles we visited like Nagoya, Osaka, Kumamoto and Himeji castles. . I definitely recommend other TAs to visit here!!
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Jackson C wrote a review Apr 2017
26 contributions35 helpful votes
Nice place to spend a day. Good parks around, and a good Sakura tree walk just next to it. Not as nice as Nagoya castle, but a good afternoon.
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Date of experience: May 2016
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Caroline A wrote a review Sep 2016
bc31 contributions15 helpful votes
We went here because my son plays Total War Shogun II and Oda Nobunaga is his clan leader. What a gorgeous castle. We visited a lot of castles while visiting Japan (Nijo, Osaka, Himeji and more) but this was my favourite. The displays inside were great and very informative, the staff were very helpful too. One good part was that it was a bit out of the way and not touristy. Those visiting were here because they sought it out, not because it is on a "must do" list. Best part was the dress up. You can (for free!) dress up in replicas (metal armour) of the clans uniforms. Also kimonos as well. My son and husband became honorary Samurai too. We didn't know about this going in and just happened to be at the right place at the right time to dress up. It was a definite highlight of our trip.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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ElleKitty13 wrote a review Jun 2016
San Antonio, Texas134 contributions5 helpful votes
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Today I decided to visit Kiyosu Castle. Getting there was easy enough, from the Meitetsu line get off at Shin-kiyosu and follow the signs. From the station to the castle was about 20 minutes walking, across the river. The castle is visible as you crest the hill. It is a restoration, and the grounds are well kept and attractive. Inside, exchange your shoes for slippers and explore the levels of the castle. Each floor has displays and history of the castle and it's lord. Not much is written in English on the displays, but a guide sheet is available with general knowledge. I enjoyed my visit and am glad I got to see this castle in Kiyosu. It isn't a large location, but it is located on a walking trail with many different locations to visit .
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Date of experience: June 2016
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