Feel the love of a mother for her child at the bridge in this historic park
Built on the site of a former residence of the Horio clan—the clan of feudal lords who built Matsue Castle—the historic Horioseki Park is known for being home to the Saidan Bridge, which tells of motherly love. Behind the bridge is the story of Horio Kinsuke, a cousin of Yoshiharu (debated) who served under Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and his mother. When Kinsuke, in his late teens, left to fight in the Siege of Odawara along with his cousin Yoshiharu, he was seen off by his mother at the Saidan Bridge, in present-day Atsuta Ward in Nagoya. However, he lost his life to illness during the campaign (debated). The grieving mother used her private funds to pay for the repairs of the Saidan Bridge in memory of her son. The bridge as it stood then is long gone, but it was reconstructed at its current location in 1996. The arched bridge over the Gojo River will transport you back to the times of samurai and warlords, and the park is visited by many people throughout the seasons for its cherry blossoms and autumn foliage.
Take a walk while enjoying the beauty of the park that changes with the seasons
Upper left: The site of the Horio family's residence was turned into a park, Upper right: In the summer, children can be spotted having fun in the water, Bottom: Engraved on the bridge's pillar is one of the "Three Great Compositions by Japanese Women"
|Address||Horioseki 1-50, Oguchi Town, Niwa County, Aichi|
|Phone||Maintenance and Management Division, Oguchi Town Office
+81-587-95-1615 (Japanese only)
|Opening hours||The park can be visited at any time.|
|Holidays||Open every day|
|Access||From "Nagoya Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen, walk to "Meitetsu Nagoya Station" and take the Meitetsu Inuyama Line for approx. 21 minutes. Alight at "Hotei Station" and walk for approx. 22 minutes.|
updated on Mar 25, 2019
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