Azuchi Castle 安土城 (Shiga Prefecture)


Azuchi Castle was one of the most important castles in Japanese history. It has since been destroyed and all that is left are some walls. But the hike around the mountain and the attached museum and shrine are more than worth visiting. As you hike up and around the mountain, you can learn about Oda Nobunaga, one of the greatest warlords in all of Japanese history.

Heritage Sites
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Getting there

Type Azuchi Castle into Google Maps and follow Google Maps. Azuchi Castle is located by Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture in Oumihachiman city. If you are in that ball park, you are on the right way. 

If you are doing the Biwaichi cycle around Lake Biwa, you can stop by Azuchi Castle on the way. The carpark has both bicycle and car parking. 

From the carpark, walk to the reception and pay the entrance fee which is about 700 yen. Your hike begins from then. 


There is a map you can get on the mountain. 

Route/Trail notes

Walk up the staircase and continue along the well-defined path. This will take you to the summit and the old hon-maru where the castle used to be. From the summit, continue down and look for a sign that says 帰道 this will take on an alternate route down the mountain back to where you started. This alternate route will take you past a temple and a cool forest track. Plz enjoy. 

If you have time, check out the museum that is on the mountain, it involves an additional fee of 500 yen. 


Entry 700 yen

Museum 500 yen

Other References

Japonius Tyrannus Book

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