An unexpected visit to Fukuchiyama Castle
It was meant to be a visit to the dinosaur museum in Tamba. However, a cock-up setting the sat-nav took us too far, so that idea was parked. A quick search on Maps and we were heading to the city of Fukuchiyama, specifically it’s castle.
The castle was originally built in the 1570s by the powerful Yokoyama Clan. It projected power in the north of Kyoto for several centuries before being destroyed in the 1870s as part of Japan’s modernization.
What you see today is a 1980s reconstruction, something quite common across Japan. It’s become a local museum, with a quite impressive archive of handwritten books, journals and artworks. And there’s the view, which takes in another castle, temples and the plain on which the city of Fukuchiyama sits.
There’s a lot more to explore, and I’ll be heading back there when I get a spare day.