In an attempt to draw in customers to the impressive Shimabara Castle staff are performing a funky dance routine outside the main entrance.
Dressed in Edo Period (1600-1868) costume, a ninja and samurai are among the cast of line dancers.
Shimabara Castle is the Kyushu port town's main attraction and well worth a visit.
The present Shimabara Castle is a 33m-tall, five storey, ferro-concrete structure re-built in the style of the original 17th century castle in 1964. Various yagura (towers) were restored at various times in the 1960s and 70s.
The castle has an excellent museum inside detailing the Shimabara Rebellion and exhibits from the areas's Kakure Kirishitan ("Hidden Christians") culture.
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