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Kanayama(Kanayama Historical Site and the Kanayama Ruins)

kanayama Kanayama used to be called, “Nittayama”, which appears in Manyoshu, the first anthology of Japanese poetry edited in the 8th century. Standing out in a field that extends as far as the Kanto Plain, Kanayama has been a major landmark in the area. It is also well known for its early history and castle. Recently, the ruins were restored. It is now possible to tell what `a mountain castle’ of the ancient days looked like. You can trace some of the interesting restored ruins on the hiking course, as well as enjoying the seasonal trees and flowers.

The Castle Pathways

Taking advantage of the geological features, Kanayama Castle was well-fortified and difficult to attack. The pathways are narrow, winding, and tricky. If you attempted to attack the castle, you would be unsure which path to take to get to inside. At “Dobashi Point”, the path comes to an overwhelming wall of stacked-up rocks. Then the path leads you to the left, where you could be attacked by two possible ways; one from platforms in front and from a lookout above. After crossing the wooden bridge, the path splits into two again; one goes up some stone steps to the observatory and the other leads you to a dead end.

The Moon Pond and the Sun Pond

Both ponds were used for drinking water. The Sun Pond was also used for ceremonies and praying for rain or victory in battle.

Zelkova Tree

There is a big zelkova tree that is over 500years old at the base of the stairs leading up to the Nitta shrine.

The Watch Tower

It commands a view of the northeastern area as far as the eye can see. On a clear day you can see Mt. Akagi, Mt. Haruna, Mt. Myogi, and even Mt. Asama.

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