Toyama Castle and the Toyama Kyodo Hakubutsukan
Toyama Castle (富山城), also known as Azumi Castle, is a flatland castle located in Toyama city. While most people might not travel out of their way to visit this castle, it is located just a few minutes walk from Toyama Station.
Jinbo Nagamoto originally constructed Toyama Castle in 1543 as the residence of Maeda clan, who were the lords of the Toyama feudal domain. A few decades later in 1585, it was attacked and destroyed by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. The castle was later rebuilt only to be destroyed again by a fire in the early 1600s. More disasters struck and the castle began its long history of being destroyed and rebuilt several times between the 16th and 19th centuries.
Like many Japanese castles, the current main entry and keep are post-Word War II reconstructions. However, its keep, moat and stone walls are mainly original and will offer you a great insight to the time of the Sengoku period.
Because of its prime location at the intersecting point of Hokuriku Road and Hida Road, Toyama Castle was once a very important castle in the Muromachi era. Today it is used as a local history museum, Toyama Kyodo Hakubutsukan, which displays historical objects relating to Toyama feudal domain.
There is a public park surrounding the castle which adds to the atmosphere. There you’ll find lovely places to walk around, playground facilities for families, and it looks very lovely when it’s illuminated each night. The park also has another museum, Sato Memorial Museum, which is well-known for its collection of utensils for tea ceremony and other antiques.
The Toyama Castle grounds become especially crowded and popular in spring during the cherry blossom season. Rows upon rows of cherry trees surround the castle itself and line the public park. The cherry trees along the moat are reflected in the water and as the petals gracefully fall they float. It is a beautiful site that many people visit.
Address: 1, Honmaru, Toyama-shi, Toyama
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