Oshijo 忍城
OPEN HOURS: Tue - Sun, 09:00 - 16:00
ADDRESS: 17-23 Honmaru, Gyoda-shi, Saitama
TEL: +81 48 553 3581

Built in the 15th century, this sturdy castle withstood a long siege by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of Japan’s most famous military rulers, and several thousand of his soldiers. If you’d like to see what that was like, watch the Japanese historical movie “The Floating Castle” from 2012. Because it is located on an island, surrounded by water, the castle is also known as “turtle castle”. It was rebuilt in 1988 and today houses a historical museum. The surrounding park is popular with locals, and especially well known for its cherry blossoms in spring.