Walking Tour of Obi Castle Town

Walking Tour of Obi Castle Town
After  Naked Man Festival, we decided to drive the hour south to see Obi Castle Town (飫肥城下町), the “Little Kyoto” of Kyushu. The town was built on the remains of Obi Castle, ruled by the Ito Family for 14 generations.

The original castle was governed by the Shimazu Clan of Kagoshima, until it was offerred to the Ito Clan in 1587 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi for their aid during the Kyushu campaign. In the 1970s, work began to rebuild the neglected castle and surrounding town, which now reflects an authentic castle town of the Edo period. It was the first castle town to be registered as a Preservation Area in Kyushu.

Through the main gate, Otemon, you follow the wide, stone steps up to the Obi Clan Historical Museum. Here, you can choose from several different walking tour packages. For just ¥610, we got a ticket to see 7 of the town’s buildings.

The museum itself, while

interesting, had no English translations, so it was difficult to understand what was what exactly. But it looked like original armour, swords, uniforms and clothing from the Obi Clan.

The next stop was Matsuo no Maru, a replica of a nobleman’s private residence during the early Edo period, built in 1979. The house is huge, including a sitting room, tea room, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, storage room, and about a dozen others.

There is a stairway leading up to the second floor, but it’s roped off. Staring up into the pitch black room, I was kind of glad. Some places in ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Walking Tour of Obi Castle Town
Guide Location: Japan » Nichinan
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Obi Castle   Obi Clan Historical Museum   Tanoue Hachiman Shrine  
Author: Simone Armer
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