First constructed in 1576 by Shibata Katsutoyo, Mauroka Castle lays claim to being one of Japan’s last remaining castles. In truth, only the keep (main tower) and supporting walls are originally, and even those were substantially rebuilt – using original materials – in the 20th century.
Today, visitors can enter the castle, split over three floors. A small museum nearby provides information and displays about the temple’s history. Known as the ‘Mist Castle’, legend told that whenever enemies approached a thick mist would appear and cloak the castle… so to ensure good weather, make sure you visit with good intentions.