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Wakayama Castle

Wakayama,and the "Siege of Negoroji".
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 0.6 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  Wakayama-jo (Wakayama Castle) sits on the site where Ota-jo once stood.Ota-jo was the home of the "Saiga Ikki", a group of fanatic... more »

Tips:  Access to Wakayama City would be best by train.Wherever in the Kansai Region you are staying,I suggest to go to the J.R.Osaka Umeda... more »

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Points of Interest

Wherever you are coming from,if you are coming by a J.R.Train,purchase your ticket for Wakayama City at the station you board the train.Head for J.R.Osaka Umeda and board the Hanwa Line Train. I suggest you take the "Rapid" as the "Local" will take considerably longer.

2. Ichi no Hashi (First Bridge)/Ote Mon (Ote Gate).

When the castle was originally constructed,the main gate to the castle was the Okuguchi-mon,located on the opposite ends of the castle grounds.However,when Asano Yoshinaga took control of the castle,in 1600,he made this the main entrance.
The style of gate is known as a "Koraimon".

3. Ninomaru Remains.

You are now standing at the entrance of the Ninomaru Gardens.This was once the site of the Ni-no-Maru Palace,where the official work of the lord was conducted.Take note of the tiger statue as you enter.
The old name for the castle is "Fukko Castle",fukko meaning "Hidden Tiger".This name comes from the idea that if you look at the mountain,that the... More

4. Ohashi Roka (Ohashi Bridge)

Once leaving Ninomaru Remains (P.O.I.-3)you arrive at the Ohashi Roka.
Ohashi Roka is a covered corridor connecting "Ni-no-Maru Palace and Nishi-no Maru Palace.
The bridge makes a spectacular sight with the castle in the background.

5. Nishinomaru Gardens

Once crossing the Ohashi Roka and Moat,you enter the very-beautiful (regardless of what time of year it is)Nishinomaru Gardens.
Once the site of the Nishi-no-Maru Palace,where the lord's private quarters were,Nishinomaru Gardens is now a place of tranquillity and serenity.
Constructed in the early "Edo Period" (1603 to 1868),it's purpose was to... More

6. Nishinomaru Gardens to the castle

As you make your way from the Nishinomaru Gardens to the castle itself,you walk along the paths and many steps that surround the castle foundations.

7. Wakayama-jo

After your ascent you have arrived at the castle.Before entering,may I suggest,you put-aside that the castle was destroyed and rebuilt in concrete,and try to imagine it in it's original condition.

8. Interior and Museum in Wakayama-jo

Museums are always a great place to view relics of the past,and this exhibition is no exception.

9. View from the Keep

The view from the top of any building is spectacular, but,the view from the Keep of Wakayama-jo,especially during Spring and Autumn,would be one of the best in the world.

The zoo is home to a large assortment of birds,as well as many other animals,both large and small.
Admittance is free,but the hours are limited.

11. Okaguchi-mon (Okaguchi Gate)

Okaguchi-mon Gate is one of five different gates on the castle complex.
The gate exists in it's original form and is over 400-years old.
It is recognized as a "National Historical Asset".

12. Wakayama-jo from a distance.

Before exiting the complex, and returning to Wakayama Station (or wherever),I invite you to take one last look of the castle through photos taken throughout the year.

13. Wakayama-jo Moat.

I think the moat is one of the most spectacular parts of the castle's complex.
The excavation work,followed by the erection of the walls,must have taken many hours of manpower,taking into account that they didn't have the use of machines such as diggers,cranes and trucks.