Marugame Castle is the castle in Marugame city located about 30 km west
of Takamatsu city.
It is near the central city, and is located about 1 km southeast of JR Marugame station.
Only 12 castles in Japan have their original castle towers, and
Marugame Castle is one of them.
Marugame Castle was built as a branch castle of Takamatsu castle in
It is on Mount Kameyama 66 meters high, and the place was the right place to built castle.
And major renovation took place in 1673, then this castle featured the high stone walls.
The castle tower is on the top of Mount Kameyama, and high stone walls
have been constructed with four layers on the whole mountainside.
So the total height of the wall stone is 60 meters, and that is the heighest one in Japan.
And a square-shaped moat surrounds the castle. The length of the side is about 500-600 meters.
Until the end of feudal Edo Government (1603-1868), many samurai residenced were inside the moat.
The buildings of this castle have been designated as national important
cultural properties, and the site is opened to the public.
We can climb the castle tower, and can enjoy the view of the city, Seto Inland Sea, and Mount Iino which is similar to Mount Fuji and is called "Sanuki-Fuji".
(But it is closed in January and February.)
Additionally, there is the workshop of Uchiwa for visitors in the site.
Uchiwa is Japanese paper fan, and it is the specialty product of Marugame city.
From Takamatsu to Marugame, about
20 minute by
JR limited express, about 25 minutes by rapid train, about 35-50
minutes by local train.
Then about 10 minutes walk from the station.
All photos by Railstation.net