Tsuruga-jo Castle allows visitors the opportunity to experience history, nature, and tradition with all five senses. Despite being mostly reconstructed, the stone walls of the surrounding park remain in their original state. In 2010, for the first time in 45 years the castle underwent a cosmetic restoration since it was refurbished in 1965. At last, the same red tile roofs of Tsuruga-jo that were seen by the Byakkotai during the Boshin War in the final days of the Tokugawa shogunate were displayed for all to see in the spring of 2011. In the museum of the castle, the swords and armor of the successive lords of the castle are on display, and visitors can watch a video reflecting the great history of Aizu. Along with the historical atmosphere surrounding Tsuruga-jo, visitors can sense the changes that have occurred throughout history, thanks to the engaging and informative museum within the castle walls. All of Aizu, including Mt. Bandai and Iimoriyama, can be seen from the fifth-floor viewing platform at the top of the castle tower, and it is easy to gaze across the surrounding area and imagine the feeling of a feudal lord looking over his domain. The castle is also a must-see in the springtime, when approximately 1,000 cherry trees offer a magnificent display within the castle grounds.
Where is it??
- 1-1 Outemachi, Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Pref. 965-0873
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By bus: The nearest bus stops serving the castle are Tsuruga-jo Kita-guchi (Tsuruga-jo North Entrance) and Tsuruga-jo Nishi (Tsuruga-jo West).
The nearest stops on the "Haikara-san" bus route are Tsuruga-jo Kita-guchi and San-no-Maru.