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Maruoka Castle

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Tiny castle and oldest (?) castle keep

We were in Fukui for Eiheiji and had saved time for a visit to the Maruoka. If we weren’t already... read more

Reviewed September 30, 2018
丸岡城 [福井県、坂井郡] Maruoka Castle, Sakai, Fukui Prefecture

We arrived just a little too late to Maruoka-jō and so couldn’t enter, which is a shame because... read more

Reviewed April 21, 2016
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Reviewed December 14, 2018

Take the Keihuku bus No.36 from Fukui station west gate. The castle tower and the stonewall are beautiful. We can enter into the tower, that has an awesome view and enjoy the historic building.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018

We were in Fukui for Eiheiji and had saved time for a visit to the Maruoka. If we weren’t already close by and didn’t have the time, this wouldn’t be a place we’d necessarily go out of our way to visit. And yet, since it...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed September 17, 2018

This is quite a small castle, but a lot of fun to climb up the steep wooden ladder-like interior stairs to get to the next floor. Luckily there is a sturdy rope to hang onto to help you up and down. It's easier than it...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2017

Very interesting for its history. Worth visiting for the surrounding gardens, with a pond full of koi, and definitely worth entering the castle. Be prepared to do some climbing (using rope to get up very steep steps), to see all of the inside of the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed May 22, 2017 via mobile

It's one of a few castles in Japan which remains the original construction as the very first one. However, it's a small castle comparing to Osaka-jo and Himeji-jo.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

I was told that Maruoka Castle is the oldest castle in Japan. (Neither Inuyama nor Hikone?) The main keep is a small one with many Sakura surrounding. If you go there by JR, get off at Sakai Station, then take a bus, never try to...More

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed April 21, 2016

We arrived just a little too late to Maruoka-jō and so couldn’t enter, which is a shame because this nice little castle is true to its 1576 form. Indeed it's practically in its original condition. ‘Practically’ because it was – and this is a small...More

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed February 26, 2016

Here is beautiful old castle. Not big, but it has good atmosphere. They have many cherry blossome trees. It's very hard to go.

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed September 16, 2015

As I'm a great lover of Japanese castles, we had to stop here. The carpark below is free. There are quite a few stairs to climb to the top. We got there early (around 9 a.m.) on a weekday and we had the entire castle...More

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed September 13, 2015

It is free to explore the grounds and look at the castle, but 300 Yen to enter the castle, and also a small museum in a seperate building. Definitely worth entering the castle, an original old Japanese castle, for the views of the surrounding area....More

Date of experience: September 2015
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May 31, 2018|
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We took an hour to visit the castle and museums. It would be enough to see them.
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