Gyoda City Museum, Site of Oshi Castle
Oshi Castle, which was constructed nearly 500 years ago, survived several big battles in its history. The last battle which took place there was a unique and tough attack by Ishida Mitsunari, a famous warrior of Japan. Throughout this siege, Mitsunari built a causeway to divert a river to flood the whole area of the castle. The story of the battle was recently made into a movie and is now becoming well known throughout Japan. You will be able to meet the samurai who became the protagonists of the battle on the historic site of Oshi Castle. In fact, some members of Oshi Castle Hospitality Corps in the costumes of the samurai of those days will welcome you as you arrive. You can enjoy their performance, take photographs, and get a sense of what the samurai of those days were like. The Gyoda City Museum holds an armor try-on event in spring and autumn every year for those who want to feel the life of the samurai. Participants can try on armor during the event that takes approximately 10 minutes. Taking the opportunity, it may be fun to feel like a warlord of those days by looking down the town from the top of the turret after seeing the permanent exhibits of the Museum. Are you ready to enter the site of Oshi Castle, filled with a sense of samurai romanticism?
17-23 Hommaru Gyoda-shi
Nobo no Shiro (The Floating Castle) on general release throughout Japan in the autumn of 2012.