Kokura Castle has a lot of interaction with exhibits which makes the castle interesting for young and old.
It has access for the elderly and wheel chairs. there are 7 chairlifts for the 1-5 floors. Attendants are required for the use of these.
The castle was built by Hosokawa Tadaoki in 1602.
On entering the castle you are greeted by a 4.7 metre high scroll of a tiger. The artistry is brilliant. The tiger's eyes watch you where ever you stand, whether in front or to one side of the scroll. Another tiger scroll, same size, bids you farewell when you leave the castle.
It is easy to spend 2 hours in the castle.
Entrance fee is 350 yen. If you pay 700 yen you can also visit Matsumoto Seicho Memorial Museum and Kokura Castle garden. Paid seperately, the Museum costs 500 yen and the Garden 300 yen.
Kokura is 14 minutes by Shinkansen from Fukuoka and the castle 20 minutes walk from JR Kokura Station..
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