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Kamioka Castle (Takahara Folk Museum)

神岡城(高原郷土館)

Kamioka Castle is located on the grounds of the Takahara Folk Museum upon a hilltop overlooking the streets of Kamioka.

The castle’s story started in the 16th century during the Sengoku Period when Shingen Takeda, a feudal lord, ordered its construction to Ema Tokimori. Later, the castle was used as a base by samurai, Kanamori Nagachika, and in 1615 it was decommissioned and demolished by the Edo government. The castle that stands today was built in 1970 by Mitsui Mining Co., Ltd to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the local Kamioka Mining company.

Although a reconstruction, the castle’s traditional Japanese architecture speaks to its turbulent history. Visitors can also still see shadows of the past in the moat and stone walls, which are remains from the original castle. The castle’s beautifully landscaped grounds and mountainous backdrop create a mesmerizing visual, which is only enhanced during springtime when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. On the castle’s top floor there is an observation deck that offers visitors stunning panoramic views of Kamioka and the surrounding nature.

The Takahara Folk Museum itself comprises Kamioka Castle, the Former Matsuba Family home, and a Mining Museum, which explores the former Kamioka Mine’s past, which used to be a leading zinc mine for Japan whose technology also part-contributed to the creation of the neutrino observatory, Kamioka Observatory.

Essential Information

Admission

Adults: 470 yen

Children: 260 yen

Reduced prices for groups of 20 people or more.

Hours

Apr 1st–Nov 30th: Open daily from 9am–4:30pm

Dec 1st–Mar 31st: Closed 

Access

Due to sparse public transportation into Kamioka, driving is the most convenient travel option. The drive is about 35 minutes from Hida-Furukawa Station via Route 41.

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