Kokura Castle


Despite the simple outward appearence of its castle tower (constructed in Karadzukuri style), Kokura Castle is splendidly constructed. The castle was built by Hosokawa Tadaoki, who received generous holdings in the surrounding Buzen and Bungo provinces in 1600. Hosokawa was succeeded by Ogasawara Tadazane in 1632, and for the following 230 years, Kokura Castle was inhabited by the Ogasawara clan. Sadly, it was destroyed by fire during the Keio Hinoetora Rebellion of 1866, losing its former glory; the present-day Kokura Castle was rebuilt in 1959. Events are held on the castle grounds year-round, and the Karakuri Theater on the third floor has also recently reopened!

*About the Castle: Originally built in 1602
*Children’s Tour (by reservation only): 1,000 Yen
*Accessibility: Priority parking for perons with diabilities; wheelchair ramp; wheelchair-accessible bathrooms; wheelchair rental; seated elevator; changing tables; guide dogs permitted.
*Discounts available for persons with diabilities and senior citizens (limited to residents of Kitakyushu City).

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 803-0813 福岡県北九州市小倉北区城内2-1
Address 2-1 Jonai, Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 093-561-1210
Contact Kokura Tourism Co., Ltd.
Fax Number 093-561-5246
Closed December 29 - 31
Car Park 20 vehicles (5 buses): 200 Yen (500 Yen for buses) for the first hour, 150 Yen (250 Yen for buses) for every 30 minutes after that.
Access By train - 20 minute walk from JR Kokura Station; 10 minute walk from JR Nishi Kokura Station
By car - 5 minutes from the Otemachi Off Ramp
Website http://www.kid.ne.jp/kokurajou/html/k01.html

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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