Tsuruga Castle in Autumn

Aizuwakamatsu's castle surrounded by season colors

By Justin Velgus    - 1 min read

Tsuruga Castle (鶴ヶ城), also known as Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle (会津若松城 ), is a major tourist attraction in the Tohoku region of Japan. Located in the Aizu-Wakamatsu area of Fukushima Prefecture, it is an ideal location for viewing the changing colors of autumn. My visit was during the last week of October.

Walking around the castle grounds is free, but to really enjoy the view, pay the less than 500 yen for admission to enter the castle. Fight past the crowds through five floors of exhibits to the observation deck (note: not handicap accessible and no elevators). Even on a rainy day, the scene is spectacular. The surrounding trees echoed the fires of war from the castle's history through their cheerful, innocent leaves.

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Justin Velgus

Justin Velgus @justin.velgus

Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai.   Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.