The daimyo Kuroda Yoshitaka, who governed this region in 1587, began construction of Nakatsu Castle (Nakatsu-jo). It was then completed by the daimyo Hosokawa Tadaoki, who subsequently came to govern this region. The total area of the castle grounds was about 78,000 sq m, and the shape of the whole castle grounds resembles an open fan. The entire castle was destroyed by fire in the Satsuma Rebellion of 1877. The present five-tiered donjon was built in 1964, and heirlooms of families that governed this region in the past are exhibited inside the donjon. The top floor is an observation level.
Address: 1273 Ninocho, Nakatsu-shi, Oita
Hours open to visitors: 9:00 - 17:00
Admission Fee: Admission to Tenshukaku, High school student and over 400 yen, group (over 30 people) 320 yen, Middle school student or younger 150 yen, group (over 30 people) 120 yen
Directions: 15 minutes walk from JR Nakatsu Station. 1 hour drive, 50km from Hita IC on oita Expressway.
From Oita airport, take "North liner" bus to JR Nakatsu station for 90 minutes.
[Parking] 50 parking spaces are available for free.