When Meiji government took over the control of the land from the Tokugawa Shogunate, thereby spelling the end of the feudal era in Japan, Tsurugajo or the Tsuruga castle in Fukushima, Japan, was one of the last strongholds of the Shogunate thanks to the samurais still loyal to the shogun. However, the 14th century castle was ultimately destroyed in 1868.
Later, a ferro-concrete reconstruction of the castle was completed in the 1960s. The castle underwent some further renovation a few years ago as a result of which the original red-tiled roofs of the castle were restored. It is worth one's time to get to the top of the castle keep which gives a beautiful view of the surrounding hills and the city of Fukushima lying at their base.
As in so many Japanese castles, you'll also find a museum inside which contains many interesting exhibits that will give you a comprehensive idea of the history of the Tsurugajo castle and of the samurai lifestyle in general. Also make sure to visit the Rinkaku Teahouse located inside the castle park. In the feudal era, the place used to serve as a tea ceremony hall and you can still taste some authentic Japanese green tea once you are there.Places nearby:
Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine The most famous shrine of Japan, arguably 86 km / 53 mi
Fukuroda Falls Displaying Four Seasons Of Aesthetic Beauty 90 km / 56 mi
Kairakuen Garden: The park in Mito housing a forest of 3,000 trees 132 km / 82 mi
Kairakuen Gardens: The best plum blossom viewing spot in Japan 132 km / 82 mi
Hitachi Seaside Park A Floral Fun Spot on the Pacific 134 km / 83 mi