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Shiroishi Castle was the residence of Kojuro Katakura, a famous shogun who was known as the right hand of Sendai's ruler Masamune Date. The castle was taken apart and made into a park when the Edo period transitioned into the Meiji period; however, the castle tower and the gate were rebuilt in 1995 almost to its original form and still remain today. It is Shiroishi city's biggest tourist destination that prides itself as being the largest and tallest wooden castle structure that was rebuilt after the war, attracting many hanami visitors every year who come to see the 400 sakura trees during spring. As it is at a slight distance from Shiroishi Station, sightseeing on a rental bicycle is also recommendable.
- 1-16 Masuokacho, Shiroishi-shi, Miyagi
- Contact No.
- 10-min walk from JR Shiroishi Station
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:00-17:00 (Apr-Oct), 9:00-16:00 (Nov-Mar)
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
- 300 yen
- Other Information
- *Shiroishi Castle, Shiroishi Castle History Museum and samurai house common entry ticket available for 600 yen
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Shiroishi Castle History Museum
Inside the History Museum in Masuoka Park, where Shiroishi Castle stands, there is not only the "history reference museum" that introduces Shiroishi Castle from different perspectives but also a 3D high-vision theater showing Shiroishi Castle's history, as well as restaurant and cafe facilities. Kabuto and yoroi (Japanese samurai armors) are not only displayed but also possible to try on.
A samurai house is along the moat that surrounds the castle. This samurai house, a former residence of the Koseki family, consists of the main building, gate and wall that were built in 1730 and its interior and garden are open for visits.
Famous Sakura Spot
Shiroishi Castle is also known as a famous hanami spot with around 400 sakura trees blooming during spring as if to surround the castle. During the period of Shiroishi Sakura Festival held each year, Shiroishi Castle is lit up and visitors can enjoy night sakura. Apart from the sakura, plum blossoms in early spring and colored leaves in autumn are remarkable as well.
Shiroishi Specialty: Umen
When visiting Shiroishi, you definitely want to try Shiroishi's local gourmet "umen." It looks like short so-men and is known to be a healthy food, as it is made only with flour and salt water without any use of oil and is easily digestible. Shiroishi umen's history dates back to about 400 years ago and in the city, there are many eateries serving umen.