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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Cherry Blossoms at Sunomata Castle

Sunomata Castle, also known as Ichiya-jo is a Japanese castle located in Ogaki in Gifu Prefecture. The castle is a replica of the famous original, which according to legend is said to have been built in one night. “Ichiya” literally means “one night” and hence the name “One Night Castle”. The original was constructed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the generals of the famous warlord Oda Nobunaga during the build-up to the siege of Gifu Castle in 1566.

Main Bridge to Sunomata Castle

The successful construction of the castle lead to Nobunaga defeating the garrisons within Gifu and becoming the lord of the Mino Domain.

The present construction of Sunomata Castle is nothing like the original built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, which consisted of a wooden walled fortress with lookout towers. The current castle tower is a reconstruction and serves as a local history museum, highlighting the history of the castle, and conflict between Nobunaga and the Saito Clan.

Sunomata Castle

Sunomata Castle is situated on the banks of the Sai River and Nagara River, and is one of the best spots in Gifu for hanami or cherry blossom viewing. The area has around 1000 cherry trees with the area around the castle illuminated at night making it very spectacular. The cherry blossoms are best from late March to early April.

Sunomata Sakura Matsuri
Sunomata Sakura
Sunomata Cherry Blossom Road
The Beautiful Cherry Blossoms
Food Vendors Under the Cherry Blossoms
Sakura and Festival Food


  1. You make me cry!
    You know how much I love castles and cherry blossoms! ('___')b
    Great photos, thanks for sharing! :)

    1. Sorry ZJ, I know its your weakness :) This place is amazing. Wish I had visited as well during the evening when it's all illuminated. Will have to do next year :)

  2. Such lovely view.

    Can't beat cherry blossoms with a castle too! :)

    1. Thanks Lina, This place has it all - cherry blossoms, beautiful castle and two rivers. Perfect for the season.

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you Muza-chan. I appreciate that coming from a keen photographer like yourself. have you had the chance to visit Sunomata-jo?

  4. Gorgeous photos. Classic, iconic, etc etc etc.

    PS: Jealous again. ;)

    1. Thanks Ru, It was a rainy day, but started to clear when we arrived. I love this place, especially during the cherry blossom season :)


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