Old Akizuki Castle Town

Asakura's quiet historic center

By Tristan Scholze   Aug 17, 2014 - 1 min read

Akizuki’s castle is long gone, but the town still thrives with a few quiet historic streets lined with cafés, museums, souvenir shops, remnants of the castle, and of course, cherry trees. Other than the imaginative connection in name to Princess Yuki of the Akizuki clan in Akira Kurosawa's 1958 film The Hidden Fortress, there are many small pieces of interest scattered around this part of Asakura. In a short afternoon you can visit the main sights, have lunch, and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the old castle district. The map pin is the location of the visitor parking lot.

秋月—Akizuki—Akizuki

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Tristan Scholze

Tristan Scholze @Tristan Scholze

I'm also known as Faer Out. I love learning about people and nature all around the world. I've traveled throughout Japan and visited some 40 countries on 5 continents and hope to continue seeing and experiencing the wonder of this planet as long as I live.Based in Japan for nearly two decades, I'm the Regional Partner here for Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures. In addition to my work at JapanTravel, I have a language school called Rainbow Bridges English Academy in Fukuoka and am very interested in teaching, languages, communication, and photography, among other things. This October, I was a guest host on NHK World's J-Trip Plan, Caving Adventures in Western Japan.I love heading downtown to meet up with friends for a night out as well as being able to hop on my motorcycle and be riding through forest-covered mountains or to sandy beaches in 20 minutes. This area is very photogenic and even after years of exploration, there are still plenty of places to discover each weekend! My photographs are available for purchase on iStock, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime or by contacting me.Please contact me if you have any questions about travel in Japan. I'd also be grateful for any follows on social media!