Aug
2
2012

Omura Park in Nagasaki

After visiting Gunkanjima in Nagasaki City in the morning I was heading towards Hirado in the afternoon.
Before arriving there, I stopped by in Omura City which is on the way.
I wanted to visit Kushima Castle in Omura Park so that I could add it to my Japanese Castles list. smilie

smilie Visited: January 6th 2012 smilie

In a shopping arcade on my way to Omura Park

From JR Nagasaki Station to JR Omura Station it takes less than an hour.
From there it’s a 20-30min. walk to Omura Park.
The fastest path leads you through a shopping arcade which is where I took the photo.

Manhole cover in Omura City, near Omura Park Manhole cover in Omura City, near Omura Park

(*click to enlarge)

I turned into a huge fan of manhole covers here in Japan! There are so many beautiful ones and each city has their own design.
I have a very HUGE collection already and maybe I’m going to make a post about my favorites some day.

Omura Park in Omura City, Nagasaki Prefecture

After some walking I finally reached Omura Park (大村公園).
As you can see spring would be a great time to visit.

Omura City, Omura Park, Nagasaki Prefecture

Unfortunately it was winter and thus no flowers at all. Only some naked trees were greeting me.

Omura City, Omura Park, Nagasaki Prefecture

At least I finally got to see what I came for: Omura Castle!
It doesn’t have a main tower anymore, so there’s nothing you can enter. The good thing about it is that you don’t have to worry about opening hours! ;P
Actually it’s better known as “Kushima Castle“. It was built in 1599 by Omura Yoshiaki.

Omura City, Omura Park, Nagasaki Prefecture

This board had some nice information about the original castle.

Omura City, Omura Park, Nagasaki Prefecture Omura City, Omura Park, Nagasaki Prefecture

That’s pretty much all you can see of the castle remains. That and a few walls.

Omura City, Omura Park, Nagasaki Prefecture Omura City, Omura Park, Nagasaki Prefecture

Besides the castle and its ruins Omura Park also has a shrine on its grounds.

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Welcome to Omura Shrine!

Omura City, Omura Park, Nagasaki Prefecture Omura City, Omura Park, Nagasaki Prefecture

After washing your hands and mouth you can go and pray!
I usually don’t! The only time I do is in January during “Hatsumode“.

Omura City, Omura Park, Nagasaki Prefecture Omura City, Omura Park, Nagasaki Prefecture

Somebody put their lucky charm on a trunk!

Ema in Omura Park, Omura City, Nagasaki Prefecture

The Ema of Omura Shrine. Quite nice, but not interesting enough to buy one. (yes, I occasionally buy them as a souvenir!)

Omura City, Omura Park, Nagasaki Prefecture Omura City, Omura Park, Nagasaki Prefecture

The omikuji of the shrine were really colorful and nicely decorated!

Omura City, Omura Park, Nagasaki Prefecture

There was another very small shrine right next to the bigger Omura Shrine!

Omura City, Omura Park, Nagasaki Prefecture

And I also spotted a cat on the shrine grounds. It wasn’t a stray cat. It belonged to the people at Omura Shrine!
It was such a beauty! I was fascinated by its completely white fur and blue eyes!
Unfortunately it was super shy, so I had a hard time taking a good photo! ^-^;

Drive-in Starbucks near Omura Park in Omura City, Nagasaki Prefecture

On my way back to the station I spotted a “Drive-in Starbucks”! Pretty cool! :D

In front of JR Omura Station, Omura City, Nagasaki Prefecture

Back at JR Omura Station. Although it was already January they still had the Christmas illumination up everywhere.
In Japan you’ll see it throughout winter everywhere – even long after Christmas!

It was already getting dark and I took a train to Hirado which was my next destination of my winter vacation 2011/12.
Hirado with its castles, shrines and historical sights was another highlight!
Stay tuned for more!

Thanks for reading. smilie

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