Tsuruga Castle (Tsuruga-jo), Aizuwakamatsu

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AIZUWAKAMATSU | Tsuruga Castle (Tsuruga-jo) is the sightseeing jewel in Aizuwakamatsu’s crown, and is a must visit when in town. The original castle was built on this site in 1384, and was the military and administrative center of the Aizu region until 1868. The castle was demolished in 1874, having become structurally unstable after being heavily damaged during the Boshin War. The tenshu, the largest tower of the castle, was reconstructed in 1965 using blueprints and imagery of how it looked at the end of the Tokugawa period. In 2011, further restoration was completed in order to make the reproduction even more authentic.

The castle is a beautiful building in its own right, and there are several reasons to venture inside. Here you’ll find a museum which explores the history of Aizu, including several historically important events and people. One exhibit we thoroughly enjoyed discusses what happened to many of the key players in the area after the Boshin War, many who went on to do important and fascinating things not just in Japan, but around the world. At the top of Tsuruga Castle is a viewing deck which offers stunning panoramic views of the Aizuwakamatsu, its surrounding countryside, and mountains in the distance.

Tsuruga Castle (Tsuruga-jo)

1-1 Otemachi
Aizuwakamatsu
Fukushima Prefecture 965-0873
Japan

Telephone: 0242 23 8000
Email: n/a
Website: http://www.tsurugajo.com/

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