The castle that secured Hideyoshi's rise through the ranks
This site, famously known as Hideyoshi’s “overnight castle in Sunomata” because of a legend which says that the castle was constructed so quickly it was as though it turned up almost overnight, was the point from which Nobunaga mounted his successful assault on Inabayama Castle, allowing him to the entire Mino region.
Along the northwest side of Sunomata Castle lies the remnants of the overnight castle, which has been repurposed into a park. On park grounds is the Sunomata History Museum, which details Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s life up until he became ruler of Japan, and on display on top of the watchtower is a solid gold killer whale, which is said to be the only one in Japan.
The cherry blossoms of Sunomata Castle and the surrounding Sai River are thought of as some of the most beautiful in the Mino and Hida regions. With over 1000 yoshino cherry trees blooming in the area, the combination of Sunomata Castle and the illuminated cherry blossoms is to die for.
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