Tsurugajo castle [鶴ヶ城]

Tsurugajo
Tsurugajo

A gate of Tsurugajo
A gate of Tsurugajo

Tsurugajo is a castle in the center of Aizu-Wakamatsu city.
It is located 2.5 km south of JR Aizu-Wakamatsu station.

"Tsurugajo" is the common name, and the formal name is "Wakamatsu Castle".

It was originally built in 1384, and was reconstructed to the current style in 1593.

After the end of the feudal period by samurai, the new Meiji government broke down the most buildings of the castle in 1874, just before the demolition.

The current castle tower was restored as a museum in 1965.
It is a five‐storied castle tower, and the top floor is an observatory room.

Tsurugajo in spring
Tsurugajo in spring

Tsurugajo covered with snow
Tsurugajo covered with snow

To restore the castle tower, some old documents and photoes are used.
Especilly, the photoes of the scene of the original castle were valuable.
They were the photoes taken by a tourist party from France in 1872.

The site of the castle is surrounded with moats.
The main site is about 250 meters north to south, and about 300 meters east to west.

The castle tower in the center of the site, and there are some turrets and a shrine.

Entrance of Rinkaku
Entrance of Rinkaku

Rinkaku
Rinkaku
Photo by Fukushima Prefecture

There is an old teahouse Rinkaku (麟閣).
It is said that the son of Sen no Rikyu built in the early 17th century.
(Sen no Rikyu established Japanese tea ceremony.)

How to get here

By sightseeing route bus "Haikara-san", about 20 minutes from Aizu-Wakamatsu station.

Hotels in Aizu-Wakamatsu city

Hotels in Aizu-Wakamatsu

Other Tourist Attractions in Aizu-Wakamatsu city

Oyakuen Aizu Samurai Residence Higashiyama hot spring resort Mount Iimori Nisshinkan school

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