Komine Castle: One of the 100 fine castles of Japan protected by tall stone walls
Komine Castle, completed in 1632 after a four-year restoration, was built by Nagashige Niwa who served as the lord of the Nihonmatsu Domain and is known for constructing a number of castles. On a long and narrow hill stands Komine Castle surrounded by beautiful stone walls. Before it was destroyed during a battle in 1868, the castle had passed through the hands of seven clans with a total of 21 lords including Sadanobu Matsudaira, a famous chief senior councilor of the Tokugawa shogunate. Komine Castle was restored in wood through a traditional method over three years from 1991 based on the blueprints from the Edo Period (1603-1868).
Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake
Komine Castle, which is appreciated as a symbol of Shirakawa City, is a beautiful castle surrounded by stone walls and is designated as one of the three most important castles of the Tohoku region along with Morioka Castle and Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle. Because the castle is restored using Japanese cedar trees from Inari Mountain, which became a fierce battleground during the Boshin War in 1868, some of its floors and pillars bear bullet marks of the battle. Seriously damaged in the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, it was closed to the public for a long period due to reconstruction and was reopened in 2015. There is a historical museum within the premises where visitors can learn about the castle's history in a fun way via panels, models and a virtual reality theater. Also, information about castle owners as well as related documents and art pieces are displayed.
|Address||1 Kakunai, Shirakawa-shi, Fukushima|
|Access||Approximately 10 minutes' walk from JR Shirakawa Station|
|Business Hours||Three-storied yagura keep:
April to October: 9:30 to 17:00
November to March: 9:30 to 16:00
|Closed||New Year's holidays (December 29 to January 3)|