Fukushima / Tsurugajo Castle

Tsurugajo Castle

Tsurugajo Castle was named after "Tsuruchiyo", childhood name of the Christian daimyo (feudal lord) Ujisato Gamo (1556-1595). Ujisato, who had built his castle while developing its jokamachi (castle town), laid the foundations for the development of the Aizu-han Domain in the Edo Era, by measures including the invitation of merchants, opening of periodical markets, introduction of rakuichi-rakuza (free markets and open guilds) and incentives for crafts industry. Having a Christian name of Leo, he was a Christian so devout he tried to dispatch a mission to Europe. This is why Christianity has taken root in Aizu.

Location1-1 Outemachi, Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture Google Maps
Tour application / Contact informationAizuwakamatsu Tourism Bureau e-mail:info@tsurugajo.com
Opening hours8:30am - 5:00pm
Periods of closureThursdays
Admission feeAdmission for Tenshukaku (castle tower):Adults 410 yen, Children 150 yen (Discounts available for groups)
AccessTaking the around-the city bus "Haikara-san", get off at Tsurugajo Entrance from where it takes five minutes on foot.
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1 Fukushima / Kubota Thirty-three Kannon Statues (Kubota Sanjusan Kannon Statue)

Thirty-three rock statues named "Mawari (circuit) Kannon" are arranged in a line at the Kubota district in a mountainous area of Yanaizumachi. Each Kannon statue is placed every 5 or 6 meters there. Its name derives from the way that many visitors pray for health or safety in front of each of the thirty-three statues while circling the statues. Their individual faces are very expressive, and one of those Kannon statues, "Mary Kannon" is a unique one that has a cross in her hand. It is said that she may fulfill women's wish for an easy birth. The Kubota Sanjusan Kannon Festival is held on April 29 every year.

LocationKubota Yanaizumachi, Kawanuma-gun Fukushima Prefecture Google Maps
Tour application / Contact informationYanaizu Tourism Association e-mail:utochan@aizuyanaizu.sakura.ne.jp
Special noticesThe tour is impossible in winter due to heavy snow (from mid November to end of March).
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