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Kokura Castle, Kitakyushu

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Castle · Landmark
Visit the historic Kokura Castle, a former clan and military base, now reconstructed and housing a number of cultural attractions. Built in 1602, the castle was central to regional clan wars, burnt down during the clash between the Kokura and Choshu clans in 1866, and used as a military base at the turn of the 20th century. The architecture of the keep--reconstructed in 1959--has a particularly aesthetic, with its tough stone base standing in contrast to the modern city that surrounds it. Stop off at the folklore museum during your visit, as well as the institution dedicated to crime writer Seicho Matsumoto. Take a look at our Kitakyushu road trip planning site to schedule your visit to Kokura Castle and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Kokura Castle is easily accessible to everyone and not far from the downtown area, train station, etc. I love the castles around Japan, so I was excited to see this one. It is not an original castle.....  more »
  • The castle keep is a recent reconstruction after the original was demolished. It lacks authenticity but makes up for this with ease of access: wide easy staircases, even a lift. The all round views...  more »
  • Nice place to go and quite easy access thanks to the signs in English language on the street. I definitely recommend to visit this place. For now (Oct. 2018) the inside of the castle is closed but the garden is nice and the entrance is free. I also advise not to limit yourselves to the gardens but to go the the neighbouring shrine. Put the Kokura castle on your to do list !
  • Small size castle but is kept is good condition. You can enjoy historic and also the view from the castle.

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