Jul
25
2013

Shingu Castle Ruins (Wakayama)

When I visited one of the Kumano Grand Shrines, the Hayatama Taisha, I stumbled upon the Shingu Castle Ruins by coincidence.
Being a castle lover, I couldn’t resist. I had to check it out!

smilie Visited: November 4th 2012 smilie

Shingu Castle Ruins

Shingu Castle (新宮城) also known as Tankaku Castle (丹鶴城) is located in Shingu City on the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture (map).

Shingu Castle Ruins

If you’re visiting Kumano Hayatama Taisha and have a few extra minutes, it’s worth dropping by.
Walking from the JR Shingu Station to the shrine will automatically bring you to the entrance of the castle.
You’ll come to a crossing where you have to turn left in order to get to Hayatama Taisha, there you’ll see the entrance on the right side of the road. It’s very easy to spot.
From the JR station it’s a 15 mins walk.

Shingu Castle Ruins

There are a few stairs you’ll have to climb as the castle used to be on a hill.
It won’t take long. Exploring this castle site will only take about 10-20 mins.

Shingu Castle Ruins

Shingu Castle’s Origins

Shingu Castle was built from 1618-1633 by Asano Tadayoshi.

Two clans used to reside in the castle: the Asanos (浅野氏) and the Mizunos (水野氏).

It is not clear if the honmaru was a five-storied castle tower or a three-storied one.

Shingu Castle Ruins

During the Meiji Restoration (in 1873) the castle was dismantled like many other castles as well.

Shingu Castle Ruins

Today only the stone staircase and walls remains.

Shingu Castle Ruins

It is now a public park and especially nice in spring because there are a lot of cherry blossom trees.

Shingu Castle Ruins

Because of its location on a hill the castle offered a wide view of the Pacific Ocean and the Kumano River. That’s why yet another name of the castle is Okimi Castle (沖見城, lit.: open-sea-view castle).

Shingu Castle Ruins

On the opposite side you get to see part of Shingu City from above which is also a nice view.

Shingu Castle Ruins

The small garden in the park is really neat and beautiful!

From the Shingu Castle Ruins it’s just a short walk on to Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

If you have enough time, make sure to check out both!

 

T O U R I S T     I N F O R M A T I O N
Opening Hours: always
Holidays: none
Entrance fee: free
Time required: 10-20 mins
TEL: (+81)0735-22-2840 (Shingu Tourist Information)
Website: http://kumano-shingu.com/
Access: ~15 mins walk from JR Shingu Sta. or ~ 5 mins walk from Kumano Hayatama Taisha

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