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[Azuchi Castle Ruins]

Ruins of the castle where Lord Nobunaga Oda resided, which became the model for the modern castle

The ruins of the castle where Lord Nobunaga Oda resided spread across the hills of Mt. Azuchi at approximately 200 meters above sea level. The construction of the castle started in 1576 and it took about 3 years to complete. However, the building was destroyed by fire after the Honnoji Incident. The stone walls and cornerstones, and a part of the moat running along the south side of the castle still remain in the ruins, giving us an idea of how the castle once used to be. It is said that the Azuchi Castle, surrounded by its stone walls, is the original model for modern castles, and after Azuchi Castle was constructed, castles with stone walls spread throughout the nation. Somei-yoshino trees are planted in the foothills and the site is a popular cherry blossom-viewing spot, welcoming crowds of people in early to mid April.
Posted photos Main "Otemichi", the flight of stone steps continuing up from the Ote Gate is some sight to see
Two photos Upper The castle ruins monument standing at the intersection in front of the Azuchi Castle Ruins, lower "Koguchi", said to be the former entrance to Azuchi Castle
 
Address Shimotoira, Azuchi-cho, Omihachiman City, Shiga Prefecture
Phone Azuchi Station Tourist Information Center
+81-748-46-4234 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Closes at 5:00 p.m.)
* Varies depending on the season.
Fee Admission to the Azuchi Castle Ruins
Adults 700 yen
Children 200 yen
Access Take the JR Tokaido Biwako Line from "Maibara Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 23 minutes, alight at "Azuchi Station" and walk for approx. 25 minutes.
URL Shiga & Lake Biwa Tourist Information (Biwako Visitors' Bureau)
http://www.biwako-visitors.jp/spot/detail/831

updated on Aug 31, 2017

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