Sightseeing spots

Kawagoe Castle Hommaru Goten

Kawagoe Castle Hommaru Goten
Hommaru Goten was the residence of a daimyo (feudal lord) and his retainers. Remains of daimyo residences exist only in two places in Japan, i.e., Kawagoe Castle and Kochi Castle, and their historic value is thus great. Only a part of the residence of the daimyo, including its entrance and main hall remains here in Hommaru Goten. Visitors, however, will easily feel the power of the daimyo from the magnificent gable in Chinese cusped style as shown in the photograph. When visitors enter the residence through the grand entrance, they will see the main hall with traditional tatami mats, followed by the residences of principal retainers' who made up the parliament. Dolls are used to reproduce a scene of the principal retainers' deliberations in the residences, which may make you feel as if you were joining the deliberations. There are many must-see items not only from a historic viewpoint but also from an artistic viewpoint, such as the paintings on the sliding screens, kugikakushi (a method to conceal the heads of nails), and the construction of the ceilings. Kawagoe Castle Hommaru Goten is the valuable remains of a residence where samurai lived in the Edo period. Visit and feel the samurai's sense of beauty here.