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The most popular attraction in town

The Shimabara Castle is probably the "must see" attraction in town. It is centrally located, a 10... read more

Reviewed October 11, 2017
Andrew M
Well presented

Lovely views and gardens. Museum was well done and the enthusiastic staff at the entry dressed in... read more

Reviewed July 7, 2017
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1-1183-1 Jonai, Shimabara 855-0036, Nagasaki Prefecture
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Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

Was welcome by the staff playing the flute. This is a beautiful castle with historical knowledge about the castle and is surrounding. Really give me an insight about Shimabara and the Samurai. Can also wear the samurai costumes for picture taking for both adults or...More

Thank eLoweee
Reviewed December 23, 2017 via mobile

There is a 5 floor museum inside the castle filled with samurai artifacts as well as artifacts on Christianity in Nagasaki

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Reviewed October 29, 2017

Great collection of Hidden Christian artifacts. English pamphlet was helpful. Had fun putting on the warrior suits, and guides are most willing to take pictures. Bamboo instrument played at the entrance to the castle.

Thank Lydia H
Reviewed October 11, 2017

The Shimabara Castle is probably the "must see" attraction in town. It is centrally located, a 10 minute walk from the main railway station (Shimabara Railway Station). Most buses in Shimabara stop near to the castle, and the Shimatetsu Bus Station is a 15 minute...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed July 7, 2017

Lovely views and gardens. Museum was well done and the enthusiastic staff at the entry dressed in costume a highlight.

Thank hinau
Reviewed April 11, 2017

I was really looking forward to coming here, and was expecting a furnished castle. The outside lives up to what I expected. The inside was very sparse, some exhibits behind glass windows. Nothing was in English. On the top floor you can go outside to...More

Thank ncjc2013
Reviewed April 4, 2017

Nice history overlooking the town. Friendly staff put on a little song and dance show and take pictures with tourists. Interesting exhibit and nice grounds.

Thank SBF2
Reviewed March 4, 2017

We were suffering a little from castle fatigue by the time we got to Shimabara Castle. Nevertheless, it was still decent. There were actors who were dressed as feudal lord at the entrance, awaiting to greet guest. They were quite obliging when it comes to...More

Thank Sherry T
Reviewed December 26, 2016

You can see many interesting exhibits on each floor and a good view from the top. Kitamura Seibo born here made a peace memorial statue in Nagasaki city and the smaller replica can be seen in the museam bearing his name in the same location...More

Thank Keizo
Reviewed December 19, 2016

To get here was an interesting scenic drive from Nagasaki Port. First impressions were how pretty the hilly scenery was and how distinctive was the Japanese style of roofing their dwellings. Shimbara Castle was not a castle in the European sense but a good example...More

Thank Ken G
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