The Odoi is an historic fortification built by warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi to protect Kyoto in the late 16th century.
Little now remains of this long-forgotten fortification, though the best parts of the remaining Odoi can be seen in the grounds of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in north west Kyoto.
Here the Odoi follows the Kamiya River and during the spring plum blossom and autumn leaves viewing seasons, a special entrance charge enables visitors to stroll this lovely walk which includes a red arched bridge and stone monument engraved with the three kanji characters for Odoi (御土居).
The walk along the Odoi is illuminated during these two seasons and open late for viewing. The momiji (red maple) trees are aged with some of them over 400 years old.
Kitano Hakubaicho is the nearest station to Kitano Tenmangu or take any of Kyoto buses #10, #26 #50 Raku Bus #101, Raku Bus #102, #203, # 204 or # 205.
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