Wakayama Castle [Wakayama]



Wakayama Castle was built in the 16th century during the Warring States Period. The castle was built by Yorinobu Tokugawa, the first lord of the Kishu Tokugawa family. The castle was located on top of a hill at an elevation of about 90 meters above sea level, in a natural strategic position. Because of its strategic location and the beautiful scenery it offered, Wakayama Castle was built as an important castle.


Wakayama Castle is the symbol of Wakayama. The castle tower existed until the Pacific War, but was destroyed by fire in an air raid, so the castle tower seen today was rebuilt with reinforced concrete. Okaguchimon Gate and the earthen wall on the north side, which remained unburned in the air raid, are designated as National Important Cultural Properties.

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Wakayama Castle is a multi-storied fortress consisting of a main citadel, a second citadel, a third citadel, and other surrounding areas (kuruma). The castle tower is located in the Honmaru, and its architecture reflects the architectural style of the Edo period. The path to the castle tower is a steep staircase.

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Today, Wakayama Castle is a tourist attraction with a reconstructed castle tower and exhibition facilities for historical materials, providing visitors with a place to learn about history and culture. There are a variety of exhibits in the interior, and they are well worth seeing with good explanations. Admission is 410 yen for adults and 200 yen for elementary and junior high school students.

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The area around Wakayama Castle is also known for its cherry blossoms, which bloom in spring. The Wakayama Municipal Museum and Wakayama City Museum of History are also located near Wakayama Castle, making it an attractive spot for those interested in history and culture.

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Manager’s Comments

Wakayama Castle is loved by many tourists and locals for its historical value and beautiful scenery, and is one of the symbols of Wakayama.

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Wakayama Castle

3 Ichibancho, Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture, 640-8146, Japan

※Paid parking available

From JR Wakayama Station, take bus No. 0 or No. 25 and get off at Wakayama-jo-mae (formerly Koen-mae) bus stop.
Or take a cab from JR Wakayama Station.

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