Tsuruga Castle (Wakamatsu Castle Ruins)

A symbol of Aizuwakamatsu City, the only red-tile castle keep in Japan.

It is said that Tsurugajo Castle was first built in 1384 by Naomori Ashina, who built Higashi Kurokawa-kan which was the predecessor of Tsuruga Castle. Gamo Ujisato then built a seven-storied castle keep, which was later replaced by the current five-storied keep during the Kato era, and during the Boshin War, the castle withstood a fierce siege that lasted for about a month, making its name known as an impregnable castle. 

The castle keep was demolished in 1874 by order of the Meiji government, but was rebuilt in 1965, and in 2001, the dried rice tower and the south running row house, which were connected to the castle keep, were fully restored using the construction methods and techniques of the Edo period. In 2011, the roof of the castle keep was replaced with red tiles as it was at the end of the Edo period, making it the only existing castle tower with red tiles in Japan. 

The inside of the castle tower is a museum where you can learn about the history of Aizu, and from the fifth floor you can enjoy a panoramic view of Aizu Wakamatsu, the Aizu Basin, and Mount Bandai. 

There is also a tea house, Rinkaku, which is said to have been built by Shoan, a son of Sen no Rikyu, when he was under the protection of Gamo Ujisato. It is one of the highlights of the park, where you can enjoy a cup of tea while looking at the garden. 

Tsuruga Castle Park is designated as a national historic site, and you can enjoy the beauty of the four seasons with the cherry blossoms lit up in the spring and the autumn leaves lit up in the fall.

The castle also serves as a place for citizens to relax and enjoy the history of Aizu in the present. 

[Tsuruga Castle light up] 

At night, the castle keep is illuminated with beautiful lights. 

Date and time: Every day from sunset to 9:00 p.m. [Tsurugajo Volunteer Guide]

*The light up is currently suspended.

・The light up is scheduled to resume in April 2021 (subject to change depending on the status of Covid-19). 

A volunteer guide will take you around Tsuruga Castle Park. 

(4 times a day) No reservation required, free of charge ①9:30~ ②11:00~ ③13:30~ ④15:00~ 

Departure point: Tsuruga Castle Tourist Information Center 

No. of participants: Approximately 30 people per session 

・Please make a reservation if you wish to use the tour outside the above hours or in a group. 

・Please note that the scheduled time of the tour may change or be canceled depending on the number of reservations.

・Please contact the Tsuruga Castle Management Office (0242-27-4005) for more information.

General Information

Entrance ticket to the castle keep
Adults: 410 yen, Elementary and middle school students: 150 yen
General admission ticket to the castle keep and Rinkaku Tea House
Adults: 520 yen, Middle school and elementary school students: 150 yen
Group discounts available
Opening Times
*Final admission 16:30
Car Park
Available (charged)
Nishidemaru Parking: 200 spaces
East Exit Parking: 129 spaces
South Exit Parking: 35 spaces
Official Website
General Foundation Aizu Wakamatsu Tourism Bureau


General Foundation Aizu Wakamatsu Tourism Bureau
Tsuruga Castle Management Office
Telephone Number
E-mail address