Maruoka Castle, Sakai

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Castle · Historic Site
Constructed in 1576, Maruoka Castle draws visitors to its tenshu, the oldest main keep in Japan. Destroyed by the Great Fukui Earthquake in 1948, the stronghold was later rebuilt using 80 percent of the original materials, including stone roof tiles, and pine and cedar wood. Climb the steep stairs to the top floor and enjoy the view from the watchtower. Apart from its historical importance, the castle's surrounding Yoshino cherry blossoms embody the spirit of Japan in spring. Make Maruoka Castle a part of your Sakai vacation plans using our Sakai day trip planner.
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  • This castle ranks 30th of the thousands of Japanese ancient castles. However there was nothing much to see. It was destroyed in an earthquake and it was rebuilt after that. The ticket set including...  more »
  • Take the Keihuku bus No.36 from Fukui station west gate. The castle tower and the stonewall are beautiful. We can enter into the tower, that has an awesome view and enjoy the historic building.  more »
  • The castle was neat to visit, even if it was small and not easy to get to from most major cities. The great thing was how friendly and helpful the staff and local residents were, even though it was clear we were taxing their English (way better than our Japanese will ever be). We had to visit late on a bad weather day, but they were doing everything they could to make us feel welcome. Although it lacks some of the detailed historical and museum content and displays that other castles have (the original layout diorama was the highlight), it has all the original and authentic feel you should expect from visiting a piece of 450-year old history.
  • Old but very well preserved.
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