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Hachioji Castle Ruins - Walking Track / 八王子城跡 林道
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Annual trip to Tokyo, August 2012. Hachioji Castle Ruins - a garden in the forest.

Hachioji Castle has... a bloody history which is well summarised here.


Fast-forward some centuries to the present and the area as well as a few other bits and pieces in the vicinity are now promoted as a tourist attraction. Compared to, say a nearby tourist juggernaut that is Takaosan, I wouldn’t say it has taken off like a rocket just yet. But still it was well worth a visit for me. A new visitors centre is slated to open soon – I walked past the newly built building on the way here from Takaosan (not Takaosan-guchi!) station.

A gentle walk along a path starting from the existing visitors centre heading southwest towards Hikihashi will soon lead to this nice greeny area in the forest. This trail offers a much easier walk than the other major trail which climbs Shiroyama to get to Hachioji Shrine and to the castle's Honmaru remains at the summit.

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Tags: japan; tokyo; castle; ruins; garden; forest; 2012
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