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Address: Ichibancho, Marugame 763-0025, Kagawa Prefecture
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09:00 - 16:00
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Cute little hilltop castle

The main keep is original, but most of the other fortifications are gone. The keep is empty inside, but worth a quick look if you can spare 200 yen. The park surrounding the... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2016
San Francisco, CA
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Hong Kong, China
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51 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

The interior of the castle costs admission fee, yet it is very empty without many exhibits. I am not saying this because I do not understand the Japanese words, but because there really is limited information boards, so it is not worth the money. The whole castle park itself is very good. We visited in mid-December and there were still... More 

1 Thank D L
San Francisco, CA
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

The main keep is original, but most of the other fortifications are gone. The keep is empty inside, but worth a quick look if you can spare 200 yen. The park surrounding the castle makes for a pleasant walk, and the views are great from the top.

Thank fabgo
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236 reviews
236 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

To create Marugame Castle an entire hill was encased in towering ishigaki (stone wall) and ringed by a moat. With scant room for large trees to grow, these resplendent walls rise in tiers above the surrounding town like some tremendous ziggurat. Marugamejō contains an original tenshukaku (main keep) which has stood undaunted by the centuries, unperturbed by the crawl of... More 

1 Thank ART196
Brussels, Belgium
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365 reviews
165 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

It is one of only a dozen Japanese castles to still have an original wooden tenshu built before 1860. It's a castle on the hill, so some leg power is reqired to see it. However when you finish the climbing of the hill, you can see the beautiful scenery of Marugame city. The castle itself is very small, therefore there... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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65 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

It's best to view this as a castle-based park rather than a castle, as the keep looks rather small and lonely up top (I decided not to pay to enter, having already visited the castles in Kochi and Hikone). The walls are really impressive though and you can walk circuits that really emphasise the size of the original citadels. It... More 

Thank occhiolist
Onna-son, Japan
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54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

I walked up there yesterday with my family it's undoubtedly the highlight in the area. Cherry blossoms starting to come out now at the end of March which gives a very beautiful scenery.

1 Thank jan-japan
Ermelo, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2015

A charming small castle dates from 1644. Perky built on a manmade hill, sixty meters in height and surrounded by a moat, right in the middle of the city. It offers a magnificent panoramic view. To the West, we see a great plain, with an exceptionally beautiful symmetrical volcano, Ii-no-yama, with a height of 420 meters, towering on the other... More 

1 Thank JapanExpress
Belfast, United Kingdom
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180 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2015

Marugame is a fantastic little castle, one of the 12 originals in Japan. It is good walk a bit hot and humid in July, with a great view of the city. Got some wonderful photos even with it being overcast.

1 Thank Gary B
Raumati Beach, New Zealand
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 April 2015 via mobile

We visited early April when the Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) were in full bloom, making it a special and lucky time to visit. Good view of the city and surrounds from vantage points on castle grounds.

Thank Edward L
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576 reviews
381 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 722 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Marugame Castle was always visible from our hotel window, perched atop the sort of abrupt little hill in the midst of a plain.  After taking on the heights of Kotohira, we feel no challenge in getting up to the castle from the surrounding town. It’s a very easy and gradual stroll to the castle from our hotel through the very... More 

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