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The symbol of Kitakyushu City, Kokura Castle re-opens to the public on March 30th!

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A castle with 400 years of history!

Kokura Castle
Kokura Castle is set to re-open to the public on Saturday 30th March 30th! Excitement has been building as the facility has been under renovation since last summer. This is the first time that the castle interior and exhibition pieces have been revamped for nearly 30 years. Here's what you expect to find inside! The "Jidai Nariki Taiken Corner" is a unique attraction located on the first floor that gives visitors the chance take a step back in time and walk around the simulated Kokura Castle town dressed as a princess, samurai, or ninja! (*These costumes are available on the site.) There are monuments of Musashi Miyamoto and Kojirō Sasaki, two famous swordsman with connections to Kokura, in front of the castle's tower. Don't forget to take a photograph with them before you leave! A special collaboration called "Kokura Castle x Sword Art Online: Alicization" is also set to start on Saturday 30th March! Limited edition illustrations will be on sale during the event. There will be so many great places to take photos. Make sure to check them all out!
Kokura Castle
Kokura Castle Theater (1F)

Kokura Castle
The "Jidai Nariki Taiken Corner" (1st floor)

Kokura Castle
There will be an opportunity to find-out more about the Hosokawa and Ogasawara Clans, two groups with strong links to Kokura. (2nd floor)

Kokura Castle
This section provides information about Musashi Miyamoto and Kojirō Sasaki, two famous swordsman with connections to the Kokura area. (3rd floor)

Kokura Castle
5th floor observation platform
*These images are for illustrative purposes only.
You can find so much to do in the area surrounding Kokura Castle and Kokura Castle Japanese Garden! There's a great mix of shopping malls, art/cultural attractions, and entertainment facilities. Riverwalk Kitakyushu is well-worth checking out! But that is not all... The Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art Annex is another exciting place to explore. And then there is the Kitakyushu Manga Museum, which is based in Aruaru City. This huge hub of sub-culture is a must for anybody interested in that scene! Travel a little further afield and you will discover the Mojiko Retro District, a part of town that is sure to make you think about bygone times. Also, the area is home to Mojiko Station, which recently underwent construction work to help recreate a cool Taisho era vibe! A breath of fresh air has been blown into Kitakyushu City! Why not stop by to check it out! Now is definitely the time to visit! (Editorial Dept.: Gon)

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