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Beautiful and picturesque

Not a lot to see, but pretty and picturesque, its worth a visit if you had planned to stop in the... read more

Reviewed January 20, 2019
Mish_H50
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Japan
Castle remains

A spot to drop by in you're in the area. No actual castle, just the remains and markings of where... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2017
fionayyy
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Hong Kong, China
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Jan 20, 2019
“Beautiful and picturesque”
Nov 11, 2018
“A GOOD BEGINNING FOR A RESTORATION”
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Reviewed January 20, 2019

Not a lot to see, but pretty and picturesque, its worth a visit if you had planned to stop in the town. the story of the domain daimyo and how he was assassinated and his assassins celebrated is also fascinating.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

Another reason to visit Banshu-ako was the Ako Castle and there is more than you might expect; there are local people also interested in the 47 Ronin and many dress up and greet visitors, I spent well over 45 minutes just with them; some speak...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Warner L
Reviewed October 5, 2017

A spot to drop by in you're in the area. No actual castle, just the remains and markings of where the originals buildings/rooms are. It's right next to the history museum. There's also a small garden.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 16, 2016

Historically there was never a real castle, only a fortification around a palace, so today there is very little left but the gate, walls and moat. Though it is probably not a destination on its own, it is a great addition to a walking tour...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Lara N
Reviewed April 21, 2016

Akōjō began as a satellite castle of Okayamajō in 1573. It came under Asano Naganao’s dominion in 1615. In 1648 Asano Naganao was ordered to expand the castle. This took 13 years over which period 12 gates and 10 yagura were constructed. There is a...More

Date of experience: January 2016
2  Thank ART196
Reviewed July 3, 2015

The castle was built by the first Lord of Ako, Naganao Asao in 1661. As it states, this is “Remains” of Ako Castle with no actual castle there now. There are just the land, walls, some gates, outer moats, and the base of the palace…...More

Date of experience: June 2015
4  Thank zee1angel
Reviewed July 31, 2014

My main aim my last trip to Japan was to visit as many castles as I could in the timeframe. Some of them were castle ruins and Ako Castle was on my list purely due to the story that interested me about the 47 Ronin....More

Date of experience: July 2014
3  Thank Just-Julie-Cairns
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