History & Culture
Katakura Gobyousho is a tomb made of 10 big stone statues and a tombstone on a stone pavement surrounded by granite Tamagaki (a fence surrounding a Japanese Shinto shrine). As a tomb of a daimyo’s retainer, this is said to be a sight not seen in other parts of Tohoku area.
Main Text： The mausoleum of generations of Katakura Castle Lord is located at Mt. Atagoyama (Shiroishi City, Fukuoka Kuramoto area) that is visible from Shiroishi Castle. The third generation castle lord, Lord Katakura Kojuro Kagenaga, on 14 October, the death anniversary of the first generation castle lord, Lord Kagetsuna, held a reburial for Lord Kagetsuna and the second generation castle lord, Lord Shigenaga by moving their tomb from Kessan Temple and erected a Amithaba Statue as their tombstone. Until the 9th generation castle lord, stone statues were used as the tombstone, only the 10th generation castle lord, Lord Munekage (late 1871) has a pillar tombstone. The tomb is surrounded by granite Tamagaki with 10 big stone statue and a tombstone erected on top of stone paving. As a tomb of a daimyo’s retainer, the tomb is said to be a valuable sight not seen in other part of Tohoku area. One of the tombstone belongs to Lady Akiko, the wife of the 7th generation castle lord, Lord Murakadoko. Amongst the wives of castle lords buried outside the mausoleum of Kessan Temple and Toushin Temple, Lady Akiko, due to the fact that she is the daughter of Sendai Castle Lord, Lord Yoshimura, is the only person to be buried together with the other castle lords.
Hot Spring is opened in 859. The Yakushi Temple is well known by the people as “The herb master of Kuramoto Sugouda”. Legend has it that Jikaku Daishi contributed to the opening of the temple. During Jikaku Daishi’s visit to this place, he found a hot spring and recommended to the then village master, Sugouda the opening of the said hot spring. The hot spring of Yakushido has healed many travelers over the years since its opening. Even now, it is known as the “Hot Spring of Shiroishi Onsen Yakushi”. The Shiroishi Yakushi Onsen Hot Spring facing the picturesque Shiroishi River is a natural hot spring compound facility visited by people of all ages, from small kids to the elderly. Here at Shiroishi Onsen Yakushi Hot Spring, you get to enjoy day trip baths as well as meals and accommodations. Shiroishi Onsen Yakushi Hot Spring is surrounded by the nature of Minamizao and the clear stream of Shiroishi River. This special location allows you to relax and refresh yourself while you enjoy the view of nature and its four seasons. The hot spring is located a few minutes away from Shiroishizao Station and Shiroishi Station and Shiroishi Interchange by car. The road to Shiroishi Onsen Yakushi Hot Spring is a gentle slope. The train stations also provide bicycle rental services if you wish to stretch your legs.
★Day Trip Baths: Sunday ~ Friday 10:30a.m.~5:00p.m. (Reception is until 4:30p.m.)/ Saturday/ Day before holidays 10:30a.m.~4:00p.m. (Reception is until 3:30p.m.) Herb Hot Spring is available in the ladies hot spring area.
★Restaurant serving Shiroishi Umen is also available!! 11:00a.m.~1:30p.m. (Only open during daytime)
- Postal Code
- Atagoyama,Fukuokakuramoto,Shiroishi, Miyagi
- Phone number
- 0224-22-1343 (Shiroishi city)
※Field Trip is free
- Access Method
- 10 minutes drive from Tohoku Expressway Shiroishi Interchange