Maruoka Castle

Maruoka Castle, Sakai: Hours, Address, Maruoka Castle Reviews: 4/5

Maruoka Castle
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Castles
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Aerokura
Fukui, Japan8 contributions
Nothing much to see but you can purchase 御城印
Jun 2019 • Friends
This castle ranks 30th of the thousands of Japanese ancient castles. However there was nothing much to see. It was destroyed in an earthquake and it was rebuilt after that. The ticket set including three tickets. The whole trip will take you less than one hour. There were two small Shrine in the castle park, but none of them sold 御朱印. However, the ticket booth sold 御城印 for 300yen , something quite similar.
Written June 21, 2019
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WWA
35 contributions
BEAUTIFUL CASTLE TOWER
Dec 2018 • Friends
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.
Written December 14, 2018
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
Vermont6,370 contributions
Tiny castle and oldest (?) castle keep
Nov 2017 • Couples
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 claims to be the oldest castle keep in Japan and since we’ve seen the other castles which also make this claim, we really did need to add it to our list of castles visited. On the other hand, elsewhere we’ve read that the castle was reconstructed of original materials after an earthquake, so maybe it’s not really original.

The walkway up the hill to the castle is easy and there are expansive views from the top. The stairs within the castle are the typical castle steep, slippery stairs and are tricky.

The bus there does not run that often from the JR station. Do check the bus time table before you head across the parking lot (with an ice cream stand at the far end near the approach to the castle path way). Arrive back at the bus stop around the expected departure time; otherwise you will waste time twiddling your thumbs when you could still be visiting the castle.
Written September 30, 2018
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Elove11
Tokyo, Japan14 contributions
Watch your step!
Jul 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 looks, but I wouldn't recommend it for the very young or very old.
The views out the windows at the top are lovely. One direction you have mountains, the other direction you have the city. If I remember correctly there is a model map of the area, and old black and white photos of other famous Japanese castles up around the walls.
You have to take off your shoes at the entrance so as not to scuff or dirty the lovely wooden floors.
There are friendly guides and attendants at the entrance, but don't expect them to speak English.
Written September 18, 2018
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KlapauciusJapan
Japan618 contributions
Oldest original castle in Japan
Sep 2017 • Friends
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 castle and enjoy the best views from the top. You can see all of Fukui from the top floor.
The ticket gives you entrance to a small museum (Sakaide City Maruoka Museum of History and Folklore) near the castle, also.
Written September 29, 2017
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JPZhong
Zurich, Switzerland14 contributions
Impressive for its history but not the size
May 2017 • Friends
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.
Written May 23, 2017
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LloydCMC
Hong Kong, China376 contributions
Oldest Castle in Japan?
Apr 2016
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 reach there from the Maruoka JR Station!
Written May 30, 2016
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ART196
244 contributions
丸岡城 [福井県、坂井郡] Maruoka Castle, Sakai, Fukui Prefecture
Oct 2015 • Couples
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 technicality – laid waste by an earthquake in 1948. However, by the time it was reconstructed in 1955, 80% of the original materials had been reincorporated. Maruoka-jō is not a concrete reconstruction, but an historically accurate wooden tenshukaku (donjon).

Also, this is one of the contenders for "Oldest Castle in Japan". It has a strong case. Inuyama Castle often nabs the title due to its antiquated architecture and original construction date in 1440. But, it has been heavily augmented over time. Another contender is Matsumoto Castle, but I think this claim relies on discounting Maruoka Castle's originality.
Written April 21, 2016
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fret d
3 contributions
Cute castle!
Feb 2016 • Couples
Here is beautiful old castle. Not big, but it has good atmosphere. They have many cherry blossome trees. It's very hard to go.
Written February 26, 2016
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Vanessa Y
Tokyo, Japan815 contributions
The Mist Castle ... Maruoka Castle!
Sep 2015 • Couples
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 to ourselves - when we left more people came. It is said to be the oldest in Japan, built in 1576, and is well-known for it's donjon - still in it's original state.
It's nicknamed "Kasumi-ga-jyo" because legend has it that whenever someone came to attack it, a thick fog appeared and hid the castle from sight.
The grounds are lovely, with well-kept gardens. There are quite a few maple trees so I imagine it would be beautiful in autumn.
An interesting part of the castle is that each floor is totally separate ... there are no big columns that rise up from the first to the third floor - each floor is detachable.
The climb up the very steep stairs is fun, scary and unique - the two sets must be around 80 degrees, for sure. The view from the top is pretty good. It's small, so you can't go outside. Mind your head, if you're tall ... I whacked mine only once ...
They also have an elaborate small scale display of the castle and grounds, as they once were, just inside on the first floor with 3 ninjas 2 kuro-no-ichi's (female red ninjya's), 11 chickens, 3?-4? horses, 2 dogs and even a toilet door open, which everyone seems to enjoy searching for ... going around several times. Unfortunately, the sign isn't in English.
Maruoka Castle is definitely one of my favourite castles ... and worth a look around, with the steep little climb inside to the top ...
Written September 17, 2015
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