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Kyushu Travel Guide

Shimabara Castle

 

Shimabara Castle, is located in Shimabara-city and was built in 1625 by the feudal load Matsukura Shigemasa, who was regarded as a master of castle building.

The castle, which took 7 years to complete, is also known as “Moritake Castle”.

It was an almost rectangular flatland castle built in the Renkaku-style.

Also, it was a superb example of a castle where three layered yagura turrets were placed at strategic points around the five-layered donjon which was influenced by the architectural style of the

Azuchi-Momoyama period.

Through it was demolished in 1874 during Meiji Restoration, west turret called “Nishi-no-yagura” was

first restored in 1960 and the donjon was restored in 1964.

In the castle, the Christianity Museum has been established. Many  Christian historical materials,

local collection, and ethnic collections are exhibited in the museum.

 

View from the Castle tower 

 


 

General information

Address 1-1183-1 Jonai Shimabara-city, Nagasaki-prefecture
Access

80 minutes by vehicle from Nagasaki Airport

100 minutes by behicle from Nagasaki-city

10 minutes walk from Shimatetsu Shimabara Station

Open hours 9:00 to 17:30
Admission fee JPY 540 to enter the Castle tower
Days closed December 29 and 30

 

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