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Hizen-Nagoya Castle Ruins

Hizen-Nagoya Castle in Karatsu City, Saga, was built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Today, the stone walls and ruins of the generals’ battle camps are all that remains of the castle. You can gain a history lesson at the adjacent Nagoya Castle Museum. The site is also famous for its cherry blossoms, attracting many visitors in the spring.

Hideyoshi, who succeeded in unifying the whole country, built this castle about 420 years ago. Some of Japan’s most famous generals, including Ieyasu Tokugawa, Masamune Date, Toshiie Maeda, and Kiyomasa Kato, gathered on this site at Hideyoshi’s orders to prepare for the invasion of Korea. Even today, visitors can gaze out on the islands of Iki and Tsushima from the ruins of the castle keep.

Famous for its cherry blossoms, in spring, Somei-Yoshino cherry trees are in full bloom throughout the castle grounds.

With a total area of 170,000 square meters, Nagoya Castle was second in size only to Osaka Castle. It is considered an important castle ruins in Japanese castle history for retaining the features of the beginning of the Early Modern Period. Many stone walls still remain in various parts of the extensive castle grounds. The "Nagoya Castle Museum" is located next to the castle ruins, where visitors can learn about the history of Japan and the Korean peninsula.


Name Hizen-Nagoya Castle Ruins
Web Sites (In Japanese) http://hizen-nagoya.jp/
Address Nagoya, Chinzei-cho, Karatsu-shi, Saga
Access Approximately 90 minutes' drive from Fukuoka Airport
40 to 50 minutes from Karatsu Oteguchi Bus Center on the Chiga-Nagoya Line to Nagoya Castle Museum Entance Bus Stop
Inquiries TEL: 0955-82-5774 (Nagoya Castle Ruins Tourist Information Center)
Admission Historical heritage maintenance cooperation fund: 100 yen (optional)

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