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Kaminoyama Castle 上山城

Kaminoyama Castle Kaminoyama Castle
Kaminoyama Castle Kaminoyama Castle

On the path of Japanese history

Kaminoyama Castle is an ideal spot for you to enjoy views of Kaminoyama City and the surrounding mountains. Originally built in 1535, it was once the headquarters of the Kaminoyama Domain and, today, is home to a local museum.

Don't Miss

  • The surprising rotating crane sculpture
  • Taking a souvenir picture with the friendly mascot of Kaminoyama castle

How to Get There

Kaminoyama Castle is easily accessible via train.

From Yamagata, the Kaminoyama-Onsen Station is about 12 minutes away. If coming from Tokyo, it's approximately two and a half hours by shinkansen. From the station, the castle is a 10-minute walk or a 5-minute taxi.

Vestiges of an older time

The original Kaminoyama Castle was built in the early 16th century. The area was fiercely contested, and the castle has changed hands many times throughout history.

The castle was rebuilt as a museum in 1982 and can be entered for a fee of 420 yen.

Romantic cherry blossom spot

The domain grounds were turned into a large park, where its splendid rebuilt keep now serves as a tourist attraction, as well as a local museum. The cherry blossom trees surrounding the castle also offer a romantic touch to the area in mid-April.

The latest information may differ, so please check the official website.



* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.

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