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Komoro, a Beautiful City by the Ruins of an Old Catle

"Standing on the ruins of an ancient castle in Komoro.." is how Shimazaki Tohson's famous work "Chikuma River Travelog Poems" start off. The city of Komoro is located at an elevation of 670 meters on a slope between Mount Asama and Chikuma River. It prospered as a castle town when the Komoro Castle was built by the lord Komuro during the Kamakura period. The castle was abandoned in 1871 with the abolishment of the clans and the setting of the prefectural system by the Meiji Government. Later a shrine was erected at the site of the main citadel and came to be called the Kaikoen. This name derived from the big plaque signed by Tokugawa Iyetatsu with the inscription Kaikoen and which still hangs at the entrance to this ruin. As you stroll through the streets of Komoro seeing the adobe houses, old temples, and stone Buddha statues and feel the smoke rising from the peak of Mount Asama, you will feel very nostalgic. Many artists have visited Komoro and have been influenced by its simplicity. This city is also where Shimazaki Tohson, the noted writer, transformed from a poet to a writer.

Thanks to: Komoro City Tourist Office


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