Katakura Castle Ruins Park is the ruins of the Katakura Castle built during the Muromachi period. It was made into a park to protect the natural environment surrounding the ruins and was opened to public in 1972.
Near from Hachioji Station, the park is a popular tourist spot where you can get in close with nature.
The vicinity of the park's entrance facing the National Road Route 16 is called "Sculpture Plaza" where various sculptures are displayed. There, you can even become one with nature.
You can get in touch with many forms of nature throughout the seasons.
The park is famous as a site for hanami (cherry blossom viewing). During the cherry blossom season, many people come there to enjoy viewing at the pink-filled natural landscape.
You can enjoy viewing flowers such as katakuri flowers in early spring, Japanese iris on early summer and water lilies in late May.
Not only flowers and trees, but you can also encounter hares, common kingfishers and fireflies within the park's premises.
The park features many paths leading to the top of the hill that allow you to enjoy short hiking.
The top of the hill called as "Ni no Maru" or "Honmaru" is widely covered with grass, and you will see many families with their children having fun on vacations.
By train: 5-minute walk from JR Yokohama Line's "Katakura Station"
By car: Beside the intersection at the entrance of Katakura Station along National Road Route 16; 20 minutes from Hachioji Interchange; available parking spots: 22