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Komoro Castle Ruins Kaikoen : 小諸城址 懐古園

Unusual "Castle in a Hole" with Beautifully Landscaped Grounds

Eastern Nagano


Description

Built in a jagged gorge leading down to the Chikuma River, Kaikoen's most famous architectural feature is the Sannomon Gate which acts as the castle's entrance when approaching from Komoro Station. The moss-covered stacked stones express the castle's 400-year history, as do the centuries-old cherry and zelkova trees, said to be 5 centuries old. Museums and a zoo are Also on the castle grounds are the Keizo Koyama Art Museum as well as a small zoo and amusement park. The area was a favorite spot of Japan's famous Meiji-era literary figures such as novelist Shimazaki Touson, Bokusui Wakayama and Kyoshi Takahama. You'll find many memorials with their writing on them.


Details

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  •  At the Sanmon Gate ticket booth and the Touson Memorial Museum
  •  Some stone steps and steep slopes.
Hours :
8:30-17:00 
Date(s) :
Closed Wednesdays and around the New Years holiday. (Open daily Apr. thru Nov.) 
Entrance Price :
Adults 500, Children 200, Group discount available. 
Time Required :
1.5 hours 
Reservations :
Not required 
Foreign Languages :
English (English and Chinese brochures available. ) 
Luggage Storage :
Available 

Contact

tel : +81(0)267-22-0296   fax : +81(0)267-25-0296   e-mail   Official site


Access/Location

By Train
From Komoro Station(Shinano Railway), 3 min on foot.
From Sakudaira Station (shinkansen), take JR Koumi Line to Komoro Station, then 3 min on foot.
By Car
From Komoro IC, 5 min (3km)
Address
311 Tei, Komoro 384-0804

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