Magnificent inner and outer trenches that are suited for the million-koku domain and restored scaffolds
The ruins of the castle are said to be a symbol of Yamatokoriyama City. Koriyama Castle was built by Junkei Tsutsui, who is a feudal lord that governed this area, in 1580. The center of the tower house is located on the top of a small hill about 1 square kilometers, and was intended to achieve a defensive effect from the geographic perspective by using natural geography where a valley of the "Nishinokyo Hills" spreads in the northwestern part.
Hidenaga Toyotomi, who was a little brother of Hideyoshi Toyotomi (one of the three greatest Sengoku Period commanders), came to live in the castle as a lord of the vast territory of the "Million koku," and greatly extended the castle to make it a castle fine enough for him to live in. In order to expand the castle at a fast pace in a short period of time, he dismantled the Daimon Gate of Negoroji Temple in Kishu and reconstructed it as the castle gate. In addition, as there were not sufficient stones to make a large and fine stone wall, he built the stone wall by collecting many stones (cornerstone of the castle gate, stone Buddhist image, garden stones, and gravestones) from various temples in the surrounding area. In doing so, even jizo (stone statute of a guardian angel in the shape of a man) was also made into the stone wall, and you can see Sakasajizo, a jizo set upside down in the northern side of the castle keep platform.
The castle building was destroyed in the Meiji Period, but part of the inner and outer trenches remains. Otemon Gate as well as scaffolds called Ottemukaiyagura, Higashisumiyagura, and Tamonyagura were restored in 1980.
The Oshiromatsuri festival is held in the cherry-blossom season from late March to the beginning of April, and people are pleased by beautiful illuminated cherry blossoms at night (18:00-21:00).
Address: Jonai-cho, Yamatokoriyama-shi, Nara
Phone: 0743-52-2010 (Yamatokoriyama City Tourist Association)
Admission Fee: Free
Directions: Train: 7-minute walk from Kintetsu-Koriyama Station (1 hour and 10 minutes from Shin-Osaka) on Kintetsu Kashihara Line. (Car) 10 minutes from Koriyama Interchange on the Nishi-Meihan Expressway.