Tsuruga Castle – Fukushima | Travel Information

Tsuruga Castle in Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu Castle, also known as Tsuruga Castle  is a replica castle in the city of Aizuwakamatsu, near the center of Fukushima Prefecture. The original castle was built in the 14th century, in the year 1384 and stood for nearly 500 years when it was destroyed in 1868 when the local samurai rebelled against the Meiji government. The samurai were defeated in battle, and their fortress was destroyed. However, the replica castle seen today was built in the 1960’s. 



Inside the castle you will find the museum, with numerous historic artifacts and samurai memorabilia, which should give you a pretty accurate image of what samurai life was like, just a few hundred years ago. Once making your way through and up the interior of the castle, you will come to the observation deck on the top floor, granting you views of the entire city. 

Like most Castles in Japan, the castle grounds are immaculate. The best time to visit the castle grounds is around the middle of spring as there are countless cherry blossum trees scattered about the grounds, making for a beautiful and peaceful walk.

Hours and Admission

  • Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm (Final Admission at 4:30pm)
  • 520JPY


The nearest station to the castle is Nishi-Wakamatsu station. However, it’s still not THAT close to the castle, but can certainly be accessed from the station via Taxi for about 1500JPY one way. 

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