Kokura Castle was built in 1602 which was 1 year before the start of the Edo Period by Hosokawa Tadaoki. The castle was burnt down in 1866 due to war and was later reconstructed in 1959. The castle we see today was full restored in 1990, with modern style interior design inside the castle. Travelers can learn about the local history of Kokura with intricate displays of over 1500 paper figures and model buildings mapping out the area during the Edo period on the 1st floor. Travel through time as visitors head to the second floor, which is filled with interactive zones and displays of life in the castle. The 3rd floor is a theater room with animated shows about life in the castle towns. Pictures of local events are captured and displayed on the 4th floor. On the top floor of the castle, visitors can get a panoramic view over the city walking on the traditional tatami floor mats. Katsuyama Park within the inner grounds of the castle is known as a popular location for viewing cherry blossoms among locals, which usually blooms around the beginning of April.