Ozu Castle 大洲城(城山公園)

A symbol of Ozu’s community-driven conservation efforts

Ozu Castle is one of few Japanese castles with a keep reconstructed with wood instead of reinforced concrete. Specialist architects and carpenters helped to recreate the structure with traditional joinery techniques and building materials, such as bamboo, plaster, tile, and mud. The timber was gathered from the surrounding countryside and the few iron nails needed were hand-forged by a master craftsman.

A grass-roots campaign by the citizens of Ozu led to the reconstruction of the keep and sparked interest in preserving more historical buildings in Ozu. Guests can reserve overnight stays and experience the luxury of having an entire castle to themselves, with a rousing welcome by samurai troops, fine meals, and other customizable programs.

Basic Infomation

Address 愛媛県大洲市大洲903
Hours Open 9am - 5pm (Last admission at 4:30pm)
Tel 0893-24-1146
Price Adults 550yen, Children (under 15) 220yen, Children (under 5) Free
Discounts for groups of over 20: Adults 440yen, Children (under 15) 176yen