As I had made it to Nagoya a bit on the early side the previous day, I had some time to plan today carefully. The tentative plan was visiting Gifu and Inuyama, both castle towns. However, a third castle, Kiyoshu, was also on the list, and it turned out that to get to Gifu, you go via Kiyoshu. So there was a slight readjustment in Castle-visting schedule.
Thus I got myself on the train and 20 minutes later I stopped at Kiyosu [清洲]. I had seen the castle from the Shinkansen before, but I had never found the name until I was doing some pre-planning for this trip. Thus, it was a win/win situation. Everything seemed to be helping towards me seeing that castle this time.
Bonus points for Kiyoshu: signals. Awesome, easy to follow signals reading “清洲城” in every crossing . Not in every second crossing. In every actual crossing so you can actually get to the place without even a map!
Anyway, the highlight of Kiyoshu is Kiyoshu Castle [清洲城, Kiyoshu-jō]. It is not original by any means, but it is one of the prettiest ones I’ve seen. I like all the colourful stuff.
Then I snooped around the bronze statues of Oda Nobunaga “and his wife”. Yeah. One of those Japanese things. Let’s say the images [像, sou] of Oda Nobunaga [織田信長] and Nouhime [濃姫].
Afterwards I returned to the station and continued onto Gifu [岐阜], where I took a while to figure out the bus system, but in the end I managed to get to the feet of the mountain where Gifu Castle is.
Before going into the park, I decided I would not go into the insect museum, and walked off to the Gifu Great Buddha [岐阜大仏, Gifu Daibutsu] at Shōhōji [正法寺].
I took the Gifu Mt. Kinka Ropeway [ぎふ金華山ロープウェー , Safu Kinkazan Ropeway]
Up to Gifu Castle [岐阜城, Gifu-jō].
Later I was wandering around the park for a while and of course I needed to go and see the Gifu Park Three-Story Pagoda [岐阜公園三重塔].
I was sort of tired, and it was very hot, so I took the bus back to the station, and the train back to Nagoya. When I got there I had rested a little, and I felt up to walking a bit in Nagoya – besides it just felt too early to go to the hotel. I walked by a cute little shrine, Yuzu Akiba Jinja [洲嵜秋葉神社].
I finally made it to Ōsu Kannon [大須観音],
and the adjacent shopping streets,
where I found Hakuryu [白龍], the white dragon.
I did some shopping in Mandarake and Book Off and I walked back to the hotel.