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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Odoi Hideyoshi's Kyoto Wall


The Odoi is an historic fortification built by warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi to protect Kyoto in the late 16th century.

Odoi Hideyoshi's Kyoto Wall.

The Odoi was a system of rudimentary earth works and moats incorporating existing streams and rivers that encircled the historic center of Kyoto, west of the Kamo River. The Odoi encompassed an area from what is now present-day Kitayama Dori to Kyoto Station bounded to the east by the Kamo River and stretching as far west as present-day Enmachi Station on Marutamachi Dori.

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.

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in west Kyoto, Japan.

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).

Odoi Hideyoshi's Kyoto Wall, Japan.

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.

Map showing the momiji walk along the Odoi at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

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