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! (source)
The castle interior currently shows dioramas of the reconstructed castle town from back then in several zones: the history zone, video experience zone, and the observatory zone where a 360-degree view of the castle grounds can be viewed. It is a “castle pavilion” which makes excellent use of high technology.
Adult: JPY 350
High school and junior high school student: JPY 200
Elementary student: JPY 100
* Group rates will be applied (20% off)
April to October: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
November to March: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Open 7 days a week.