Shimabara-jō

Top choice castle in Shimabara

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This hilltop castle was ruled mostly by the Matsudaira clan from the 1660s, played a part in the Shimabara Rebellion, and was rebuilt in 1964. As well as lotus ponds, tangled gardens, almost 4km of mossy walls, and staff dressed in period costume, the castle grounds house four museums. Most notable is the main castle, displaying arms, armour and items relating to the Christian uprising, with English explanations, and Seibō Kinenkan, dedicated to the work of native son Kitamura Seibō, sculptor of the Nagasaki Peace Statue.

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