Meet the town of goldfish: Yamatokoriyama
Have you heard of Yamatokoriyama city? Although it is not really famous in Japan, It has many tasteful areas remaining from the Edo period and also traditional industry such as indigo dyeing and Japanese sweets.
The ruin of Koriyama castle which was built more than 400 years ago still has the stone wall used back then. The view you see there might be the same as samurais saw 400 years ago.
Not those samurais itself but their side business that make this city special. They started to cultivate goldfish and Yamatokoriyama is now one of the largest producing areas of goldfish in Japan!
Don’t forget to book your tour to visit the town of goldfish and explore the traditional culture!
・Visit facilities where you can learn about housing, architecture and traditional culture lasting from the Edo period.
・Take a look and touch the stone wall of the castle ruin from more than 400 years ago. Experts will give you information about the castle!
・Try the traditional Japanese play: goldfish scooping. You will also be amazed by the town full of goldfish!
・Koriyama Goldfish Museum: A perfect spot to start your tour under the theme of goldfish! You can learn about the Japanese goldfish and also watch how they cultivate them! Colorful goldfish are waiting for you!
・Kochikuya: A souvenir shop where you can try the Japanese traditional play: goldfish scooping. You might be able to see how professional scoops if you are lucky!
・Hakomotokan Konya: A facility which used to be used as an indigo dyeing workshop and preserves it as it used to be! They have an exhibition related to goldfish and an indigo dyeing workshop experience!
・Sotobori Ryokuchi Park: A park which used to be the moat of Koriyama Castle. It reproduces part of the moat which is approximately 600 meters long and keeps goldfish and carp in it.
・Kikuya Honten: A Japanese sweets shop established more than 400 years ago. You can have the same sweets as Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a general of the Sengoku period and is regarded as the second great unifier of Japan, had!
・Koriyama Castle Ruins: You can have a panoramic view of the city from the observatory at the ruin. Don’t forget to take a close look at the stone wall which is not a replica!
・Please come in comfortable clothing, as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・The tour begins and ends in different locations. If you would like to change the location of where the tour ends, please consult with your tour guide.
・We have not included any particular lunch/dinner places in this tour, but you are welcome to stop for a break and eat at resting spots.
・Some places in Koriyama Castle are impossible to reach on a wheelchair. Please note that your tour guide might take you to an alternative location.
The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 1000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.
At Kintetsu Koriyama Station (Track number 1, Kashihara Jingumae)