Any Fukushima Photo Tour must include Samurai Castle Tsurugajo in Aizu Wakamatsu. The name ‘Tsuru’ means crane, and when you see the white towers emerge from the surrounding downtown, you’ll know why the castle received the name. The pristine white of the towers is further complimented by the red tile that adorns all the roofs of the castle. The sharp contrast draws your eyes to the castle and makes for amazing photo ops as you stroll the castle grounds. Tsurugajo was the only castle in all of Japan with the red tiles at the end of the Edo Period ended in 1868.
The castle’s beauty is maintained as a result of the community members in the nearby town. In 1955, an effort to renovate the castle was met with an enthusiastic outpouring of donations of time and money from the citizenry, and that effort continues into the present day which is reflected in the beautiful grounds, the glittering castle towers, and immaculately maintained sightseeing platform at the castle’s highest point.
Being considered an impregnable fortress during the end of the Edo Period, the castle has an imposing approach. You may be taken aback by the soaring labyrinthine walls, but I or another Blain Harasymiw Photo Tour Leader will make sure you you are able to take advantage of our years of experience knowing the best locations and lighting so you and your camera will be ready to catch every photo worthy moment while exploring the castle grounds and surrounding area.
Once you have entered the castle you will sample the rich local history as each floor has been converted to house culturally important relics such as armor used by Aizu region samurai. Their katana are also on display with explanations in English and Japanese so your Fukushima Photo Tour will not only yield amazing photos but also cultural enrichment as well. Once at the sightseeing deck, it is time to photograph the breathtaking view the platform provides. With a 360 degree view available, you can see the towering Kannon statue nearby, the lush greenery that encircles the castle, and numerous other natural landscapes that will help you collect photos that will commemorate your time spent at the Crane Castle in Aizu Wakamatsu.