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Walk the Town Where Oishi Riku Once Lived

Toyooka is the hometown of Oishi Riku, the wife of Oishi Kuranosuke who is known as the leader of the Foury-seven Ronin. As you walk through the old castle town where Riku lived, you can see the retro-relief style buildings that have been renovated by a revival architecture group from when the town was destroyed in the Great Hokutan Earthquake. Also, don't forget to stop by Japan's oldest wooden public market for something to eat.

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Recommended Spots of Interest
1) Sanno Mountain (Hiyoshi Shrine)
The prayer place of the feudal clan Kyogoku. The old main shrine is estimated to be a building from the Muromachi era to the Edo era. Formerly known as Sanno Gongen and then called Hiyoshi Shrine from the Meiji era.
2) Mt. Jimmu
The site of the former Toyooka castle (Kamejo), built in 1580 by Miyabe Keijun. The mountain was named after the establishment of Emperor Jimmu, the first Emperor of Japan, and as a place to worship him.
3) Remains of the feudal clan Kyogoku's administrative headquarters
In 1668, the Kyogoku clan that is Governor of Ise came here from Tango. He came to further develop and promote the kiryu (wicker craft) industry.
4) Monument for the birth of Oishi Riku
A monument commemorating the birth of Riku, the wife of Oishi Kuranosuke, was built on the site of the ruins of the Ishizuka clan's, Toyooka feudal clan's, chief retainer's domain. The year 2020 marks the 350th anniversary of her birth.
5) Caban Street (Bag Street)
A shopping street 200m long, lined with bag retail shops and workshops.
6) Goryo Shrine
Vassal of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and place of enshrinment for the first Toyooka feudal lord, Miyabe Keijun, who also named Toyooka.
Route Starting Point and Destination
Start: JR Toyooka Station
Destination: Fureai Kosetsu Ichiba (Public Market)
Type of Activity
★☆☆ Flat course(Elevation gain less than 100m)or less than 5km.
★★☆ Slightly undulating course(Elevation gain less than 500m)or less than 10km.
★★★ Rugged course(Elevation gain more than 500m)or 11km.
Distance About 3.5km
Required Time Walking time of about 3.5 hours.
Start & Destination Start: JR Toyooka Station
Destination: Fureai Kosetsu Ichiba (Public Market)
Getting Here By Train: Take JR train to Toyooka Station
By Car: Park at public parking lot in front of Toyooka Station
Road Conditions Asphalt & dirt
Signpost Presence None
Contact Contact: Toyooka Tourism Association
Phone: 0796-22-8111
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