MAIZURU AND FUKUCHIYAMA - Half-day tour
Sightseeing, Cultural, Lunch not included
A half-day tour to discover Japanese history and tradition with a visit to the cities of Maizuru and Fukuchiyama and their castles to relive ancient battles and the splendour of Japanese lords.
What we will see
- Tanabe castle in Maizuru
- Fukuchiyama castle
- Goryo shrine
- Shopping in Otoemon
What we will do
- We start our excursion with a visit to the Tanabe castle in Maizuru, built in 1579 by Hosokawa Fujitaka and partly rebuilt in 1940 and 1997. The castle is the location of the historic Siege of Tanabe in 1600.
- Leaving the Tanabe castle behind us, we reach the tranquil city of Fukuchiyama north-west of the Kyoto Prefecture in the Tamba area, just one hour by train from Kyoto.
- Fukuchiyama doesn’t offer much in terms of sights or activities, but its tranquil charm and lack of crowds make it the ideal place to relax.
- The main attraction is Fukuchiyama castle which can be reached on foot from the northern exit of Fukuchiyama station right after the City Hall.
- The castle was built in 1576 by Akechi Mitsuhide using material from a previous fortress. Mitsuhide was an army general at the service of lord Oda Nobunaga. A betrayal led to his death in the Honnoji temple in Kyoto. The castle was then destroyed at the beginning of the Meiji period in 1872 and rebuilt in 1986.Not far from the castle, we find the Goryo shrine* dedicated to the Japanese deity Inari and enshrining the spirit of Akechi Mitsuhide.
- Outside there is a large park ideal to relax in for a while. To purchase a few local products such as the delicious chestnut cakes, we move on to Otoemon, which is not far from the castle in a palace restored during the Meiji period where there is a lovely garden.
- Afterwards, we head back to the port and the ship.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- Heavy traffic jams to be expected due to it being travelling season in Japan.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- There will be no snow walls considering the season of your visit.
- The view may be obstructed due to weather conditions.
- We recommend having Japanese Yens available as there will be no time nor exchange offices.