Matsugasaki Park (Yonezawa Castle Ruins)

Castle / Ruins of Castle
A 10-minute bus ride from Yonezawa Station. Records state that the castle which once stood here was built in 1238 and was used as a residence by the Nagai clan, Date clan, Gamo clan, Naoe clan, and Uesugi clan. The castle was demolished in 1873 and the site made open to the general public as a park for the next seven years. In 1857, the site was turned into a municipal park as part of an urban planning project. The park is surrounded by a 20 to 36 meter wide, 800 meter long moat. Also a renowned destination for cherry blossoms, 200 cherry trees surround the moat and are lit up at night during the blooming season, creating spectacular scenery with their pink blossoms and the red castle bridge reflecting off the surface of the water.

Spot details

Yamagata Pref. Yonezawashi Marunouchi 1-4-13
Open 24 hours

[Visiting the main shrine]
[Summer(4/Jan.- End of Oct.)] 6:00-17:00
[Winter(11/Jan.- End of Mar.)] 7:00-17:00
*Gates open at 24:00 on New Year's Day

9:30-16:00(Last entry15:45)

[Yonezawa Tourism Convention Association Tourist Information Center]
[Kesshoden] 11/2June- Mar.late (Closed in winter), 2ndWednesday (Excluding Aug.), Exhibit replacement period (July.2ndWednesday-2ndFriday)
* Open during Snow Lantern Festival Period (Feb.2ndSaturday/Sunday)
[Kesshoden] General 700yen, high school and university students 400yen, elementary and junior high school students 300yen
*50yen discount per person for groups of 20people and above
Parking Lot
Available (300 spaces)
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, DISCOVER, Diners Club, etc.)
Not available
Estimated stay time
60-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • Very nice matsuri
    4.0 Reviewed:2017.05.27
    Yonezawa matsuri is a special matsuri since it commemorates a famous historical battle between two samourai clans. The battle is on the last day of the matsuri and it is worth seeing it. In case of...
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    5.0 Reviewed:2016.10.18
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  • A good place for history buffs
    4.0 Reviewed:2016.06.28
    A great starting point for visiting the various shrines and monuments dedicated to the great Uesugi samurai clan. A large shrine dedicated to Kenshin Uesugi, the founder of the powerful clan in on...

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