Wakayama Castle is also selected as one of 100 famous castle in Japan. It was built in 1585 under the command of warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who ruled Japan in near end of 16th century. It was a castle that belongs to the relatives of the Tokugawa then in the Edo Period, this castle is considered an important base of the Tokugawa Clan and today serves as a symbol of Wakayama City.
It was located at the top of a small hill (49m). During nearly end of the 19th century, the castle building were almost destroyed. The existing donjon or the castle's main keep was rebuilt in 1958 but the inner moat and stine wall was unchanged throughout the 400 years of history.
As what other castles in Japan, Wakayama Castle is also a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing as well as having a picnic in spring.
The main keep of the castle houses samurai weapons and armor from the Edo Period and if you go up to the castle, you will be welcome by the nice view over the town as far as the sea and ferry port to Shikoku.
And when you go through the castle grounds, you will see a garden (Nishi-no-Maru Garden) thas was built also bu Yorinobu Tokugawa in the 17th century. The visitors can see ponds as well as waterfalls that is best viewed during autumn.
From JR Wakayama Station, ride a Wakayama Bus and get off at Koen-mae. From the bus stop, you can reached the castle by a 5 minute walk.
The castle opens at 9:00 to 16:30
It is closed on December 29 to 31
Admission fee is 410 Yen.
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