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Komine-jo Castle

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Komine-jo Castle was constructed in 1632 during the Edo period. Historical feudal lords stayed in this castle, but it was destroyed during the Boshin War in 1868. Around 120 years later, the castle was rebuilt using edo period blueprints and wood construction techniques. In spring, the Otome Zakura cherry blossoms that line the triple turret (yagura) bloom beautifully. Legend states that the Otome Zakura were planted by a feudal retainer in memory of his daughter, who was made a human sacrifice when a disaster occurred.

More Information about Komine-jo Castle

Street address

1 Kakunai, Shirakawa City, Fukushima

Access

Route1

  • Five minutes walk from JR Shirakawa Station.

Route2

  • 20 minutes from Shirakawa Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway by car.

Opening Hours

Triple turret (yagura, within the castle)
・April to October: 9:30-17:00
・November to March: 9:30-16:00

Closed

Year-end and New Year’s Holidays (Dec. 29 to Jan. 3)

Website

http://shirakawa315.com/eng/shirakawa_komine_castle.html

Best season

All year

Point

The Komine-jo Castle History Museum can be found on the premises, with exhibits about the history of Komine-jo Castle, valuable works of art and cultural documents. Opening Hours are 9:00-16:30 (last entry 16:00). Closed every Monday. See the official website for more details.

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