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Address: 1-1183-1 Jonai, Shimabara 855-0036, Nagasaki Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 957-62-4766
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Small but wonderful

I love this place. So quiet and you can see top view of Shimabara city at 5th floor. There is a museum and antique Japanese tools.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2016
Sirin P
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Nonthaburi, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The castle in Kumamoto sits atop a large plateau, a beautiful park, portions of the original castle, and a large restored section of the castle complex. Definitely worth a visit. A good visit for adults and children.

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Thank Stonewallgreyfox
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

We visited Shimabra in June 2016. When compared with other cities such as Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, Shimabara is a relatively small town that is 2-hour apart from the City of Nagasaki. Shimabara used to be a city for low-tier Samurai. It is also a city of "Swimming Carp", that is you can see colorful nishikigoi carp swimming through the... More 

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Thank May W
Singapore, Singapore
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

I know this castle played a significant role in Shimabara history books especially with the introduction of Portuguese and Christianity there. It seems to be a site for some big wars too. However despite the rich history I find that the internal tour of the castle to be not intriguing and the exhibits looks very dated in terms of the... More 

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Thank DSoh1991
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

I came on a cruise ship tour and was very impressed. It was interesting and informative, easy to walk around, and lovely views from the top. It's an easy walk to the Samurai Village as well. Recommend going in April as there would be a lot more cherry blossoms in bloom. Good for school children too.

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Thank ovioletm
Nonthaburi, Thailand
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

I love this place. So quiet and you can see top view of Shimabara city at 5th floor. There is a museum and antique Japanese tools.

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Thank Sirin P
Amakusa, Japan
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

the historic castle offered opportunities for children to dress up in a variety of traditional costumes.

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Thank vibromama
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

The castle is not as huge as the other castles in Japan but definitely gives a nice view of Shimabara village. Those who visit the castle should also walk around the gardens where many interesting statues are placed. The statues will give a quick preview of the religion in Japan.

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Thank Ernest_Ee_sg
Tsukuba, Japan
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

Totally worth the pain of visiting. The castle and city is very quiet, and the people are very helpful and friendly. Despite being out of the way, they have bilingual maps, guides, and signs that make walking around easy. The castle itself looms over the city, and at the entrance, you will be greeted by enthusiastic staff dressed in Edo... More 

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Kani, Japan
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94 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

I really enjoyed this one! It's a lesser known castle but shouldn't be. The staff are all super nice and very helpful. Probably one of the best in terms of the exhibits and information inside

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Thank turkjj25
Tokyo, Japan
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203 reviews
102 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

The five-storied castle was originally built on flat land in 1624, demolished in 1874 and then rebuilt in 1964. The Arima clan were perhaps some of the very first Christian Lords (daimyo) who ruled the area before Christianiy was officially prohibited by the Tokugawa Shogunate (1614) and the anti-Christian, Shigemasa Matsukura took over the area. He executed many Christians and... More 

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