In 1577, the samurai Akechi Mitsuhide, known as the assassin of warlord Oda Nobunaga, built a castle here as his base for his Tamba invasion. Hirayama Castle was built on a hill (Mt. Arazuka) overlooking the Hozu-gawa River, and it is said that Mitsuhide set forth from this castle at the time of the so-called Honno-ji Incident, during which Nobunaga was assassinated.
After the Meiji Restoration (restoration of imperial rule in 1868), the castle was destroyed in accordance with Meiji ordinances to destroy castle, but the castle's stone wall has been restored by the current owners, the religious organization Omoto. Visitors may enter via reservation, and take a look at the moss-covered stones in the middle of this tranquil forest to discover the vestiges that supported the castle for many years.
For reservations, please inquire with the Omoto Headquarters general reception.
- 1 Uchimaru, Aratsuka-cho, Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture
- Train: 10 minute walk from Kameoka Station on the JR Sagano Line
Car: Approx. 10 minutes from the Kameoka IC
- Business Hours
- 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Reception is open until 4:00 p.m.