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Marugame Castle

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Marugame Castle

The Marugame Castle is a must visit location in Marugame, known as one of twelve “original castles” in Japan surviving to this day from the feudal ages. This castle constructed by Ikoma Chikamasa in 1602 was torn down and rebuilt, due to the new policy by the Tokugawa Shogunate which limited the amount of castles in each province of Japan. The castle we see today was reconstructed in 1660 after the separation of the former provinces of Marugame, surviving from damages mainly caused by fire, along with several castle gates still standing to this day. Although Marugame Castle is regarded as the smallest castle compared to the original twelve, it makes up in height with 60 meters of fortified stone walls beneath the petite castle. Situated at the center of Kameyama Park, filled with more than 1000 cherry blossom trees, popular among locals as a hanami spot with annual sakura festive events held at this location every year attracts visitors from all over the world to experience. Be sure to have some Marugame Udon before you end the city tour of Marugame located in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan.