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Wakayama Castle

The view of Wakayama city is beautiful from the white three-tiered castle tower.

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Castle, historic remains

The origin of the castle started in 1585, Hashiba Hideyoshi (later Toyotomi Hideyoshi) subjugated Kishu teritory (the area now known as Wakayama) and he ordered his younger brother, Hidenaga, to build a castle on Mt.Torafusu which is at a downstream of Kinokawa-river. Later, a vassal of the Hashiba family, Kuwayama Shigeharu was placed in charge of the castle. After the Battle of Sekigahara, Asano Yoshinaga became lord of the castle and he started building a tower followed by an interconnected corridor. He built residences in the area now known as Honmaru, Ninomaru, and Nishinomaru while building a castle town. In 1619, Yorinobu, the 10th son of Tokugawa Ieyasu, inherited the castle.

Viewing from the white three-tiered castle tower, you can see running water of Kinokawa-river known as Class A river in Japan and a city built around there, right in front of you. Furthermore, one of the few remains in the former feudal domain time, Okaguchimon and a variety of worth seeing lineups. These include Ichinohashi and Otemon, and Nishinomaru-Teien garden, which is one of the well known scenic spots, is especially magnificent. This garden is Chisen Kaiyu style, a style of garden that features a path around a pond and vividly retains the atmosphere of a garden of feudal lords in the early Edo period, and it’s characteristic is that the slope of Mt.Torafusa was used effectively. A garden is said to be designed by Ensyu Kobori or a chief retailer of Asano family, Souko Ueda, and there are some suggestions too.

Sukiya, a small room for the tea ceremony, designed in Shoin-siki style is located in the garden designed in the Edo period and you can imagine lords enjoying the tea ceremony in the old times.

Highlights

  • The origin is that Hideyoshi Hashiba ordered the construction of the castle to his younger brother, Hidenaga.
  • The castle tower is a white three-tiered structure, where the whole Wakayama city can be viewed.
  • Many highlights include the garden for lords in Chisen Kaiyu style.

Photos

  • The castle tower is a white three-tiered structure.

    The castle tower is a white three-tiered structure.

  • Illuminated castle at night is also beautiful.

    Illuminated castle at night is also beautiful.

  • Okaguchimon has remained since the Edo period.

    Okaguchimon has remained since the Edo period.

  • The castle is surrounded by a green park.

    The castle is surrounded by a green park.

  • Wakayama historical center

    Wakayama historical center

  • A replica of Yosuien, the tea ceremony room, is exhibited (Wakayama historical center).

    A replica of Yosuien, the tea ceremony room, is exhibited (Wakayama historical center).

Reviews

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  • Ami Lin

    風景絕美,夜景也很漂亮,佔地不大,工作人員也非常熱心。

  • Ronald2000

    站在天守閣居往下望去,看著底下的城區街道,宛如朕即天下!

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Details

Name in Japanese
和歌山城
Postal Code
640-8146
Address
3 Ichibancho, Wakayama City, Wakayama
Tel
073-422-8979
Holidays
December 29-31
Hours
9:00am-5:30pm (Admission allowed until 5:00pm)
Admission
Adult 410yen Elementary and junior high students 200yen
Access
1) A 15 minute walk from Wakayama station on each JR line
2) A 10 minute walk from Wakayamashi station on each Nankai line.
Credit Cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)