Spots around Shiraishi Castle (West)
Ninomaru (Outer Citadel)
In the Summer Siege of Osaka in 1615, Sanada Yukimura fought a fierce battle with Katakura Kojuro Shigenaga. The night before the fall of Osaka Castle, Sanada Yukimura Sanada entrusted his young children to Shigenaga. It is said that the children were raised secretly in Ninomaru.
In Ninomaru, there is a monument of a haiku by Matsuo Basho, who stayed in Shiroishi during his journey "Oku no Hosomichi" (The Narrow Road to the Deep North).
Katakura Family Mausoleum
At the foot of Mt. Atago in the suburbs of Shiroishi City, the mausoleum of generations of the Katakura family is located.
Ten large stone statues and one tombstone are lined up on the cobblestone floor, and each stone statue has a different facial expression. This is one of the most unique mausoleums for vessels in Tohoku. One of the stone statues is of the wife of Murakado, the seventh lord of the Shiroishi Castle, Akiko. The wife of the lords of the castle are usually buried outside the mausoleum at Kessanji Temple and Toshinji Temple, but since she was the daughter of Date Yoshimura, the fifth lord who contributed to the rebuilding of the Sendai clan, she is buried there along with the lord of the castle. At the foot of Mt. Atago, there is also the tomb of Sanada Yukimura which was built by Tamura Sadahiro. There is a parking lot below from which you can walk to the mausoleum.
Zao Mountain Range
A general name for the mountains that straddle the border between Miyagi and Yamagata Prefectures. At the foot of the mountains, there are hot spring sites such as Kamasaki Onsen and Obara Onsen. There, you can enjoy the scenery of the four seasons. On clear sunny days, the castle tower has a view of the Zao mountain range, allowing visitors to experience the scenery that successive lords of the castle saw.
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・ Agatsuma et al, 1995, ”よみがえる白石城”