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Address: 1-1183-1 Jonai, Shimabara 855-0036, Nagasaki Prefecture
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Good view from the top & Kitamura Seibo Museum in the same location

You can see many interesting exhibits on each floor and a good view from the top. Kitamura Seibo born here made a peace memorial statue in Nagasaki city and the smaller replica... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 December 2016
Keizo
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Kawasaki, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were suffering a little from castle fatigue by the time we got to Shimabara Castle. Nevertheless, it was still decent. There were actors who were dressed as feudal lord at the entrance, awaiting to greet guest. They were quite obliging when it comes to taking photos. One dude even just posed without my asking. All I did was point... More 

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Kawasaki, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

You can see many interesting exhibits on each floor and a good view from the top. Kitamura Seibo born here made a peace memorial statue in Nagasaki city and the smaller replica can be seen in the museam bearing his name in the same location as the castle.You can also have a traditional local foods in a souvenir/cafe shop there.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

To get here was an interesting scenic drive from Nagasaki Port. First impressions were how pretty the hilly scenery was and how distinctive was the Japanese style of roofing their dwellings. Shimbara Castle was not a castle in the European sense but a good example of classic Japanese castle architecture. This was the Shogun's (a local Warrior Governor) castle. We... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

From Shimabara Railway Station, walk straight ahead, then follow the signs to enter Shimabara Castle. The castle is beautiful, though I am unsure how it is compared to other Japanese castles as this is the first I have visited. Looking at the castle buildings is free. To enter the castle buildings, an admission fee of 520 yen is required per... More 

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Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We were greeted with Edo costumed locals who spoke English very well, and tried to get us all to get into costume. We had one brave enough to be a Samuri warrior. Children were dressed as ninjas climbing the rocks. The gardens and flags around the grounds were surrounded by a moat (which was dry when we were there), It... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

At Himeji castle our guide going to Shimabara Castle to learn about the Japanese Christians. The castle has a good museum inside that displays many artifacts from the brief era of christianity in Japan. Also on the grounds is a building displaying sculptures carved by Seibo Kitamura who carved the statue in the peace park in Nagasaki.

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Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

The castle in Kumamoto sits atop a large plateau, a beautiful park, portions of the original castle, and a large restored section of the castle complex. Definitely worth a visit. A good visit for adults and children.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

We visited Shimabra in June 2016. When compared with other cities such as Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, Shimabara is a relatively small town that is 2-hour apart from the City of Nagasaki. Shimabara used to be a city for low-tier Samurai. It is also a city of "Swimming Carp", that is you can see colorful nishikigoi carp swimming through the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I know this castle played a significant role in Shimabara history books especially with the introduction of Portuguese and Christianity there. It seems to be a site for some big wars too. However despite the rich history I find that the internal tour of the castle to be not intriguing and the exhibits looks very dated in terms of the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

I came on a cruise ship tour and was very impressed. It was interesting and informative, easy to walk around, and lovely views from the top. It's an easy walk to the Samurai Village as well. Recommend going in April as there would be a lot more cherry blossoms in bloom. Good for school children too.

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