Fukuchiyama Castle – Kyoto | Travel Information

Fukuchiyama castle is located near the heart of Fukuchiyama City, in the mountains of Kyoto Prefecture. The city of Fukuchiyama isn’t very big, with a population of just under 80,000 people. Because of that, many of the buildings only have 2-3 floors to them. While Fukuchiyama Castle isn’t a very large castle either, the views from the castle are phenomenal as the castle is located on a small hill and has an unobstructed view of the entire city.

The castle was first constructed in 1572  by the Yokoyama family and was used until 1872 where it was destroyed in the Meiji Restoration. The castle was later rebuilt in 1986 by popular demand of the residents of Fukuchiyama. On the Castle grounds, you will find Toyoiwa-no-i, the deepest castle well in Japan right near the entrance to the castle.

Inside the castle, there are many historical artifacts which have been discovered in and around Fukuchiyama city from archaeology dig sites.

Fukuchiyama Castle

The castle if a great place to learn about the history of Kyoto prefecture. It also offers great views of the city and the near by mountain ranges which encase Fukuchiyama

Probably the best time to visit Fukuchiyama castle would be during Autumn, as the walk to the castle is absolutely beautiful with all the trees which line the pathway, all in their Autumn colours! 

Admission & Hours

  • 9:00am-5:00pm
  • 330JPY

Accessing Fukuchiyama Castle

Fukuchiyama Castle is only a short 10 minute walk down the main road from JR Fukuchiyama Station. Fukuchiyama, which in Kyoto PRefecture, is no where near the city of Kyoto, and is 1 hour 20 minutes on the Hashidate Train from Kyoto Station, Without a JR Rail Pass, this jourrney will cost 3,040JPY One way. As such, we highly recommend that you use your JR Rail Pass if you plan on visiting Fukuchiyama and the neighbouring cities. 

Are you planning a trip to Japan soon? Then you really should consider purchasing a JR Rail Pass, especially if you are planning on hitting all the major tourist cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Sapporo. 

The JR Rail Pass makes getting around the country easy, and can save you several hundreds in travel expenses. All you need to do is just show your pass at the ticket gate, and you have access to any and all JR rail lines across the country, and not just the standard commuter trains, but luxury trains, and even the world famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train). A JR Rail Pass is an essential item for any visitor to Japan. Buy your pass today by clicking here now!