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Historical Sites

Kasumiga-jo (Nihonmatsu-jo) Castle

Nihonmatsu-jo was a castle built in 1643 by Mitsushige Niwa, the first feudal lord of the Nihonmatsu Domain. This domain had command over a territory producing 100,000 koku of rice (one koku being the amount of rice needed to feed one man for a year) and Nihonmatsu-jo was one of the strategic points of the Tokugawa Shogunate forces that fell in Boshin War after a fierce battle, precipitating the tragedy of the Nihonmatsu Youth Corps. Today, the castle ruins have been turned into a prefectural natural park, with the stone walls being the only structures remaining from the old days. The seasonal beauty of the landscape with the restored castle and the surrounding natural environment is a soothing experience for visitors, particularly in the spring when the 1,700 cherry trees in the park are in full bloom making it seem as if the castle is surrounded by haze of blossoms. This is why Nihonmatsu-jo is also called Kasumiga-jo (meaning "castle in the mist"). In autumn, the park is crowded with visitors to Japan's largest crysanthemum doll festival.

Information

Location
232 3-Choume, Kakunai, Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Pref. 964-0904
Contact
Nihonmatsu Tourism Association
TEL: +81-243-55-5122/ FAX: +81-243-22-7848
E-mail:info@nihonmatsu-kanko.jp
Website
http://www.nihonmatsu-kanko.jp
Hours
All year round
Closed
No regular Closed
Parking
Available
Entrance fee
Free
Pets
Allowed
Access
By car: approx. 1.5 km or 5 min from Nihonmatsu IC on The Tohoku Expressway
By train: 20 min walk from Nihonmatsu Station on The JR Tohoku Honsen Line

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