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Yamagata Castle Ruins (Kajo Park) (山形城跡(霞城公園))


Castle / Ruins of Castle

These castle ruins, in Kajo-machi Yamagata City, is designated as a National Historic Site. It is said that Kaneyori Shiba, the father of the Mogami, built the Yamagata Castle in 1356. Today the ninomaru moat, the earthen mound, and the stone walls remain. A replica of the ninomaru west gate has been reconstructed at the entrance to Kajo Park (Kajo being another name for the castle). Selected as one of Japan's top 100 castles, it is one of the recommended sites to visit in Japan.


Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Kajoumachi 1-7 (management office) (Yamagata / Zao / Tendo / KaminoyamaArea)

phone 0236411212

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Review of Kajo Park

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2019/08/29 Beautiful and uncrowded
About 650m from Yamagata station to the south bridge across the moat, Kajo Park is easy to get to. There is an elevated walkway around about 90% of the perimeter; it is in the shade and affords nice...
Reviewed:2018/09/01 Benches, walkways, and historical sites--a convenient and pleasant park to visit
A relatively short walk from Yamagata station, this park was the former site of Yamagata Castle. I jogged around this park (inside the park and outside the moat). Up along the top of the wall its...
Reviewed:2018/05/30 A perfect, glorious park
We just loved this park. We were there for the full bloom of the cherry blossoms, and it was just glorious. Its bigger than it seems, with lots of beautiful paths lined with cherry blossoms. Id...

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Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Kajoumachi 1-7 (management office) [map]
Yamagata / Zao / Tendo / KaminoyamaArea
Admission freedom
open everyday
[Admission fee] Free (Friday may be required at the facility in the park)
Parking Lot
Available (230spaces)
[Parking Hours (Apr.--Oct.)] 5:00-22:00
[Parking Hours (Nov.--Mar.)] 5:30-22:00
Credit Card
Not available
[Park and Green Space Division] 023-641-1212

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Yamagata Areas


          Although often overlooked, Yamagata prefecture by no means lacks appeal: the Yamadera temple trail through the mountains, deliciously tender Yonezawa wagyu, and over 100 steaming hot springs, most notably Zao Onsen, await visitors. When winter comes, the snowcapped peaks become dotted with skiers by day and onsen-goers by night, while summer brings the celebration of juicy Yamagata cherries.