Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Shimabara Castle

The day I left Kumamoto and took the ferry across to Shimabara was a dark rainy day.  My raincoat was getting a lot of use on this trip!  

Shimabara Castle was built by Matsukura Bungo-no-kami Shigemasa.  It took seven years to build and was completed in 1624.  The reconstructed five level castle is a local history museum and costs 540 yen to enter. There is an additional fee for parking, but you don't need to drive because it is just a five minute walk from the train station.  

At the top level is an observation area.  As I said, it was a dark rainy day.

In addition to the five level castle, there are two out buildings, one is a type of art museum and the other has old tools and machines, including an old sewing machine.  

It was an interesting place.


Beth in IL said...

Wow! That does look like an interesting place. Stay dry!

MargaretP said...

Thank you Pamela, I check in every day and your travels are always so interesting. The museums would keep me amused for hours as I am curious about all things Japanese and can't wait to see some similar places and buildings very soon.
I will be flying into Matsuyama next weekend and will be around Kyoto and inland sea area....all,of which I am told is awesome.

Anonymous said...

Hi Pamela gee what an interesting place,lots to see,hope you didn't get too wet,what a wonderful place Japan is xx

Janie said...

The mural, costumes and models are inspiring.
And the castle is reconstructed, there's certainly a fine tradition of craftsmanship
in Japan!

Queeniepatch said...

I am impressed at how much information in English (and Chinese and Korean) there is these days. These travel reports of yours must be a goldmine of info for the foreign tourist who sits at home and plan a trip to Japan. Thank you for sharing all this with us.

Brigitte said...

A very impressive castle with a wonderful museum inside. Great pictures that you took.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I was especially taken with the costumes. I certainly would have been spending a lot of time in front of those displays. There was so many interesting things to see in the museum, as there are at most places you visit. It has me wondering what was going on in Japanese history at the time our country was discovered and how far back historical records of Japan go back.
xx, Carol

Vireya said...

That poor old machine is in a sad state! But lots of other beautiful and intriguing things to look at.

Leonore Winterer said...

Another interesting stop on your trip. Even in bad weather, it was quite impressive!