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Tsuruga Castle

Aizuwakamatsu


The famous red-tiled castle against a shining blue sky

Aizuwakamatsu has prospered since olden times as a castle town. Ashina was the first feudal lord to rule this land in 1379. Afterward, a succession of feudal lords governed the town. Tsuruga Castle, the symbol of Aizuwakamatsu, has witnessed successive generations of feudal lords. Its predecessor Kurokawa Castle was built in 1384. The name was changed to Tsuruga Castle in 1593, and a seven-tiered castle was born. In 1639, Lord Kato Akinari renovated the castle to create the five-tiered, white walled castle tower. The current castle was rebuilt in 1965.

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The stage for dramas on the closing days of the Edo era, a favorite of Japanese history buffs

For history buffs, Aizuwakamatsu is a special place. For more than 16 months beginning in 1868, the army of the new government fought the army of the old feudal government in the Boshin Civil War. Intense fighting in the Boshin War also unfolded at Tsuruga Castle. The first to fourth floors of the current castle are now exhibition spaces that look back on the history of the castle. After taking a careful look at the castle’s history, head up to the castle tower. From the tower observation platform, you can take in the view of Mount Iimori and the city of Aizuwakamatsu.

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After a visit to the castle, see the surrounding spots and Oyakuen Garden

Around Tsuruga Castle you will find a park rich in greenery and storehouses erected in the Taisho era. The beautiful, antique exterior of the Aizu Aoi sweet shop will draw you in before you know it. The unique Japanese sweets that incorporate Western influence from Fukushima’s ties with Nagasaki in Kyushu are sure to catch your eye. Be sure to try the “castella” sponge cake filled with sweet bean jam.

Afterward, head along Kitademaru Avenue to see the impressive white walls of Miyaizumi sake brewing company. In 2013, this brewer of Japanese sake and shochu won the Gold Award from the National New Sake Appreciation Association for their Sharaku sake. During brewing season you can also view the brewing process.

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  • Tsuruga Castle's photo
  • Tsuruga Castle's photo
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  • Tsuruga Castle's photo
  • Tsuruga Castle's photo
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A strolling garden with medicinal plants created in the Muromachi era

The next stop on your tour should be the Japanese-style garden Oyakuen, a 15 minute walk from Tsuruga Castle. Completed in the Muromachi era, it is a famous garden designated as a place of scenic beauty by the Japanese government. It features a strolling garden centered on a pond and a garden where medicinal plants are cultivated, and in the royal tea house you may try the herbal tea that you won’t be able to find elsewhere. The scenery of the pond and the thatched roof, tea-ceremony style “Rakuju-tei” pavilion are particularly beautiful.

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  • Tsuruga Castle's photo
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For reference

Tsuruga Castle

  • Address
    1-1 Otemachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken
  • Telephone
    0242−27−4005 (Aizuwakamatsu Tourism Bureau)
  • Hours
    8:30 am to 5:00 pm (to 4:30 pm for entering the castle)
  • Open
    365 days a year
  • Price
    410 yen
  • Access
    Fukushima Airport is a one hour flight from Itami Airport.
    Fukushima Airport is a one hour 20 minute flight from New Chitose Airport.
    From Fukushima Airport, take the limousine bus to Aizuwakamatsu Station (2 hr 20 min). From Aizuwakamatsu Station, take the Haikara-san tourist bus (20 min) and get off at the Tsuruga-jo Iriguchi bus stop. The castle is a 5 minute walk.
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Aizu Aoi

  • Address
    4-18 Otemachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken
  • Telephone
    0242−26−7010
  • Access
    Fukushima Airport is a one hour flight from Itami Airport.
    Fukushima Airport is a one hour 20 minute flight from New Chitose Airport.
    From Fukushima Airport, take the limousine bus to Aizuwakamatsu Station (2 hr 20 min). From Aizuwakamatsu Station, take the Haikara-san tourist bus (20 min) and get off at the Tsuruga-jo Iriguchi bus stop. The shop is a 3 minute walk.
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Miyaizumi Sake Brewery

  • Address
    8-7 Higashisakaemachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken
  • Telephone
    0242−26−0031
  • Access
    Fukushima Airport is a one hour flight from Itami Airport.
    Fukushima Airport is a one hour 20 minute flight from New Chitose Airport.
    From Fukushima Airport, take the limousine bus to Aizuwakamatsu Station (2 hr 20 min). From Aizuwakamatsu Station, take the Haikara-san tourist bus (20 min) and get off at the Tsuruga-jo Iriguchi bus stop. The brewery is a 6 minute walk.
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Oyakuen Garden

  • Address
    8-1 Hanaharumachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken
  • Telephone
    0242−27−2472
  • Hours
    8:30 am to 5:00 pm (to 4:30 pm for entering the garden)
    Open 365 days a year
  • Price
    320 yen
  • Access
    Fukushima Airport is a one hour flight from Itami Airport.
    Fukushima Airport is a one hour 20 minute flight from New Chitose Airport.
    From Fukushima Airport, take the limousine bus to Aizuwakamatsu Station (2 hr 20 min). From Aizuwakamatsu Station, take the Haikara-san tourist bus (30 min) and get off at the Oyakuen bus stop. Oyakuen Garden is right next to the bus stop.
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