Tsurugajo castle, the city's main tourist landmark, made its comeback with the newly red-tiled tower
The former building of the castle was built nearly 630 years ago by Naomori Ashina; at that time it was named the Higashi Kurokawa Hall. The castle survived a brutal one-month battle during the Boshin Civil War, which is famous throughout Japan. It was demolished in 1874, but rebuilt in 1965, and in 2001, the two terrace houses attached to the tower building were restored using traditional Edo era methods. Inside the tower is a folk museum where you can learn about the history of Aizu. In 2011, restoration of the tower was restored, complete with its red tile roofs tiles in a faithful reproduction of the castle's design at the end of the Tokugawa period. Tsuruga-jo is the only castle in Japan today which features red tile roofs.
|住所||1-1 Oute machi, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, 965-0873|
|営業時間||The castle tower 8:30AM - 5:00PM (last admission 4:30PM)|
|定休日||Open throughout the year|
|料金||【Castle tower】Adults: 410yen Junior High & Elementary School Students:150yen 【Castle tower & Tea house】Adults: 510yen|
|アクセス||・By Bus: 5 minutes on foot from the Haikara-san/ Akabe "Tsurugajo Iriguchi" bus stop ・By Car: 15 min. from the Ban-etsu Aizu Wakamatsu IC exit|
|WEB|| http://www.tsurugajo.com/turugajo/shiro-top.html |
Tsuruga jo feels like the pinnacle of Aizu. Cherry blossoms in spring provide an exceptional scene. The interior of the main castle building is very well designed with several interesting artifacts on display. The view from the top, inside the castle is splendid all the way over the horizon. It's definitely a place to visit and revisit, especially to witness the different themes during different periods. Every visit hence feels completely unique.
The candle festival is unique to Aizuwakamatsu and the customes and traditions related to traditional candle festivals. Candle festival have been diligently preserved by local communities. I lovve to see it back.
Nice view from its garden.