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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

History

Tsuruga Castle 鶴ヶ城

Time for tea and leisure on the grounds of Japan's only red-and-white castle

Tsuruga Castle also referred to as Wakamatsu Castle, has been rebuilt several times over the almost seven hundred years since it was first constructed by the feudal lord Ashina Naomori (1323-1391).

Don't Miss

  • The view from the top of the castle tower
  • Rinkaku Teahouse in Tsuruga Castle Park
  • The samurai exhibition within the castle

How to Get There

Tsuruga Castle is accessible by bus, bicycle or on foot from Aizu-Wakamatsu Station.

From Tokyo, take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen to Koriyama and then change trains to Aizu-Wakamatsu Station. From there, you can walk or cycle to the castle, or take a bus to Tsurugajo Kitaguchi bus stop.

Quick Facts

While the castle has been rebuilt, the garden's walls and moats are original

Aizu Wakamatsu is the official name for the castle

A beautiful backdrop for photos

The castle is surrounded by the immaculate Tsuruga Castle Park, filled with beautiful cherry blossom trees which reach spectacular full bloom in April.

Be sure to take a relaxing break at Rinkaku Teahouse in the park. After you view the beautiful historic teahouse, you can enjoy some great traditional tea in the same spot where feudal lords once had tea ceremonies.

How samurai lived

Inside the castle is an exhibit about Tsuruga Castle, as well as information about the samurai lifestyle and artifacts such as swords and armor, explained in both English and Japanese.

The striking red tile roof

Vibrant red tiles adorn the roof of Tsuruga Castle, an uncommon color for Japanese castles. The color was changed back to the original red in 2011, making the white walls and red roof reminiscent of a crane (tsuru), hence the castle's name.

Tsuruga Castle is a peaceful and enjoyable place for a day of sightseeing. The castle is open year-round, and events such as a candle festival and cherry blossom viewing take place in the park surrounding the castle.

Museums on history and sake near the castle

Fukushima Prefectural Museum is close to the castle. It features a permanent exhibition on Japan's history and other temporary exhibits that change regularly. Aizu Sake Museum is about five minutes away from the castle and chronicles the Aizu region's long and proud history of sake brewing thanks to its cold climate and pure water supply.

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