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“Information in a great package”
Review of Tsuruga Castle

Tsuruga Castle
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Adelaide, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Information in a great package”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

The current castle is a recent rebuild (about 50 years ago) and faithfully based on the last iteration of the castle.

Inside every floor is a museum you walk through and up until you reach the top floor. The history of the castle and the region/culture is told as you go up and down.

We visited on a rainy mid autumn day so the pictures weren`t like the postcard but conjured up images of what it may have been like when samurai controlled the castle/region. The views from the top floor across to the mountains shrouded in clouds with the late afternoon sun shining through were amazing.

There was a lot we didn`t have good look at due to the time/weather but found this place good value on all levels.

Visited October 2013
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Tokyo, Japan
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Impressive history in a rebuilt castle”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

The castle itself is a relatively modern rebuild, so it's not as atmospheric as the original castles or the ones rebuilt in wood. But the exhibits that fill the space are well laid out and have a good amount of English explanations.

When we visited the castle had been taken over by advertisements and manga versions of Yae, a woman who joined the fight to defend the castle before it was finally defeated in the 1860s. I'm not entirely sure she'd approve of her pink samurai self plastered all over the gift shop, but it was a lively display.

Visited July 2013
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Aizuwakamatsu, Japan
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The Samurai Castle”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

The castle is surrounding by a pond where sometimes you can see cranes. Is worthy to visit specially in Spring or Autumn. During spring many people gather to have Hanami (Cherry blossom picnic) parties and is full of cherry blossoms all over, during the blooming time there is a special illumination and the place closes later than usual around 9pm. The castle has been rebuild and there is a museum inside. You can climb to the top and see 360 view of Aizu-wakamatsu. Once you are going out of the main Castle structure to go to the souvenir shops, there is a small passage before the stairs where they keep a beautiful Bonsai collection.
The history of the castle is fascinating, but unfortunately the pamphlets are all in Japanese. However, you can ask at the entrance if a volunteer translator is available (not all the times is possible). Inside the Castle ground there is a traditional japanese garden, where you can have tea and sweets for around 500 yen, and observe the tea ceremony. Also you can see the old tea rooms.
Nearby there is the museum of Fukushima and sake brewery, so if you only have a day to travel around this place is worthy and you can go to the other places nearby.

Visited April 2013
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level 6 Contributor
368 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Good but not excellent”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Worth a visit, but much like others in Japan. Climb to the top through the Museum fills in the history of the Meiji restoration and the fight it involved.

Gardens are worth some time

Visited May 2013
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New York City
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Impressive castle”
Reviewed December 22, 2012

Beautiful with an impressive panoramic view from the top tier. It is, however, totally rebuilt so not exactly the real deal when it comes to authentic architecture.

Visited December 2012
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