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“It is small, but the real original thing.”
Review of Uwajima Castle

Uwajima Castle
Ranked #1 of 47 things to do in Uwajima
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La Mesa, CA.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
“It is small, but the real original thing.”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

From the Uwajima JR Station it is about a 10 minute walk to the entry to the castle park. Then another 10-15 minute climb up to the top. The climb is more of an uphill walk than a real climb although picking up one of the bamboo staffs available at the bottom of the hill is not a bad idea particularly since they are free of charge. It is a small, but original castle not a whole lot to see unless you are a real Japanese castle buff. Very steep interior stairs, the remains of a well or cistern next to the castle donjon and the foundations of the quarters for the women.

The thing that is interesting is a map next to the guy who was selling tickets, it shows that the castle was originally out on a high pennisula and almost all of the flat areas down towards the bay and where the station is not located were water. If you understand this then you will get a much better feel for how this castle once dominated the port of Uwajima. Like the castle at Kanezawa there is a street/road filled with temples which were the outer line of defense for the castle proper a nice combination of religious and military purposes. Obviously the main way into town was up a valley to the back and east of the present town when the castle was an active military post since the flat area where the train arrives was part of the bay.

On the way down take the path that veers off to the right from the main routs just outside of the wall to the top of the castle hill. It will take you past a well that was one of the 4 water supplies for the castle. It appears to be still functioning, but well protected with a substantial grill.

I found it a worth while place to visit, very laid back, slow paced a Japan that is largely lost and forgotten. This is mikan country so if you are in the area buy and eat some.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Ted C
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New York City, New York
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“Original Japanese castle”
Reviewed 12 November 2013

Nice little castle. Only the tenshu and the walls remain which are quite elaborate. There are markers near foundations of yaguras and other buildings. It's about a 10-minute walk from Uwajima JR station and another 10-15 minute easy ascent to the top of the hill.

Visited October 2013
Thank Ron S
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Luanda, Angola
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“Very Basic”
Reviewed 3 August 2013

We walked from our hotel and in insight there were better options to do and see on a limited time agenda. The Castle is a long walk upwards and on a hot day will test you, great physical training. once there the castle is just the walls really not much else to see, inside is real basic with no much going on and the price is cheap. In Japan there are better castles to see and in the area there are better sites to go see. Check out the sex museum beats this any day!

Visited July 2013
Thank mwant999
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“Small and sweet”
Reviewed 5 May 2012 via mobile

The castle at Uwajima is up on top of a hill, so it's a bit of a hike up. There are bamboo walking sticks you can use for free. There is an asphalt slope (the 'easy' path) that is 700m or the crumbly rock stairs that is 400m. There is a nice grassy area at the top and entrance to the castle is 200yen. It isn't a museum-- there are hardly anythings displayed. It's pretty much just a wooden tower. The very steep stairs are fun to climb up and try to imagine how they must've done it with traditional clothing and weapons. The castle was nice and cool on the inside despite the heat and the view from the windows at the top were lovely.

There are a few small (pay) parking lots around the entrance of the castle.

1 Thank Ksarasera
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“very small...but at least it's an original”
Reviewed 10 June 2010

There are only so many things to do in Uwajima, so visiting their castle is an easy choice. The castle is quite small, almost cute in fact. Despite the small size, it's a nice castle, especially if you've been subjected to the many concrete reconstructions that abound in Japan. Uwajima's castle is right in the centre of town and can be easily walked to. The hill is quite steep and may leave you out of breath. None of the information is in English, but there are many photos and things to look at. The price was right at 200 yen.

2 Thank Joshiewoshie
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