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Aratojo Castle Historical Park : 城山史跡公園「荒砥城跡」

Hilltop Fortress from the Warring States Era

Northern Nagano

Description

Constructed not to satisfy the ego of its builder like most typical Japanese castles seen in Japan, Aratojo is a defensive fortification commanding an expansive view of the onsen town Togura-Kamiyamada and the Chikuma River valley below as well as the Japanese Alps in the distance. During the age of Warring States (1467-1568), similar forts dotted mountaintops all over Japan, but they have all since been destroyed by battle, fire, etc. Aratojo itself is a reconstruction but is the only one in all of Japan existing in its original shape.

Details

Hours :
9:00-17:00 (Last Entrance 16:30) 
Date(s) :
Closed from 28-Dec to 3-Jan 
Entrance Price :
Adults 300, Groups of 20 or more 250, Middle School and younger free. 
Reservations :
Not required 
Foreign Languages :
 (Brochure with explanation in English available.) 
Luggage Storage :
Not Available 

Notes

No parking available for mid- or large-sized buses.

Contact

tel : +81(0)26-275-6653    e-mail   Official site

Access/Location

By Train
From Togura Station(Shinano Railway), 10 min by taxi
By Car
From Koshoku IC, 30 min
From Sakaki IC, 20 min
Address
3509-1,Kamiyamada,Chikuma,389-0822

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