The Morioka Castle Site Park is a picturesque park where a castle once stood. It was destroyed in 1874, but there are a few remains of the castle left behind. If you approach from the outer moat on the Sakurayama Shrine side, you can retrace the path visiting feudal lords paraded until they reached the highest point: the main keep of the castle.
You begin your short journey on the banks of the ancient moat, work through a small shopping street, pray at the shrine, and traverse up to the top of the castle. Just walking from start to finish will take less than ten minutes, but take in the views and check out the secret in the back of the shrine and it will become an easy 30 minute adventure.
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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai. Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.