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Kajo Park

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It is a park located in the ruins of Yamagata Castle.
The current castle walls are said to be the original ones built by its 11th lord, Mogami Yoshiaki (1546~1614).

During the Hasedo Battle, also called the Sekigahara battle of Dewa, Naoe Kanetsugu climbed Mt. Fujigami in an attempt to scout the Yamagata Castle from its summit, but it was hidden by the mists. This is where the castle takes its name.

As a park, it is now a place for citizens to relax.
The bank of the moat is maintained as a walking path, and many kinds of birds can be observed on the trees.

It is also a famous spot for cherry blossoms, and the reflection of the trees in the moat is a masterpiece.
During the cherry blossom season, trains also drive slowly to entertain the passengers.

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❀ Cherry blossoms ❀

The cherry trees around the moat bloom beautifully in spring and are even lit up in the evening. Their reflection in the water is a fantastic sight.
A sakura-viewing event is held at the begining of the hanami season with tea ceremonies and distribution of soba, among others. (usually mid April)

There are 20 varieties of cherry trees in the park, resulting in a long hanami season.

Basic information


1-7 Kajo-machi, Yamagata City


Nearest station: JR Yamagata Station
By bus: Get off at Kajo Koen-mae on the Benichan bus line.
By car: 15 to 20 minutes from Yamagata Zao IC on the Yamagata Expressway (* Vehicles can only enter and exit from the north gate)
On foot: 15 minutes from the Yamagata Station East Exit of Yamagata Station to the Higashi Otemon east gate
10 minutes from the Yamagata Station West Exit to the Minami south gate
5 minutes from the Kajo Koen-mae bus stop to the Higashi Otemon east gate

Parking lot
Free (including 230 parking spaces, 5 parking spaces for disabled persons, 5 bus parking spaces)

Park hours
5:00~22:00 (April 1 ~ October 31)
5:30~22:00 (November 1 ~ March 31)

* Opening hours and days may be different due to COVID-19. Please inquire directly with the park before visiting.

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