Marugame Castle

The tallest stone walls in all Japan

Marugame Castle was constructed about 400 years ago. The keep tower (the highest part of the castle, used as a lookout) is made of wood, a rare style of construction in Japan, and has been designated a National Important Cultural Property. The stone wall that leads up to the keep tower is the largest of its kind in Japan, at a height of approximately 60 meters. The elegant curvature of the wall is one of its finest features.

This castle was chosen as one of Japan’s Best 100 Castles. The determination is made by a group of specialists that cover the fields of architecture, engineering, archeology and history. The castle is one of the cultural prides of the country.

There is a charge for entering the keep tower, but entrance to the compound is free and there is plenty of space for strolling around. It is a popular place for taking walks, and is also a place for the community to gather. In the spring, the approximately 1,200 cherry trees bloom. May 3-4 is the annual Marugame Castle Festival, where many different events are held.

Take part in the ongoing Marugame Castle stamp rally by collecting stamps around the castle grounds. Stamp sheets are sold at the tourist information center, where part of the sale goes towards restoring the castle’s stone walls. The information center also sells traditional uchiwa fans—Marugame produces 90% of the nation’s supply. Stop on by!

Cultural Experieces

Basic Information

Address 丸亀市一番丁
Open Castle tower: 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.)
Closed Open all year round
Admission Fee Castle tower:
Adult ¥200
Child (elementary or middle school) ¥100
*20% discount for groups of 20 or more
Parking Available
URL (Japanese Only)

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