Aizu Misato Town

Mukaihaguroyama Castle Ruins Hiking

Season: July – September / Duration: about 2 hours

Mukaihaguro Castle is the pride of Aizu Misato Town.
This course is designed to reach the summit of Mukaihaguro Mountain while enjoying the surrounding scenic spots.

Hongo Information Center

Guided Spots

This is a tourist information facility for Aizu Misato Town and the Aizu region, and the second floor is an exhibition room for Aizu Hongo pottery materials, where you can learn about the history of Aizu Hongo pottery and view valuable materials.
Various pamphlets of Aizu Misato Town are available, and you can get a pamphlet of Mukaihaguroyama Castle Ruins here before leaving.

Approx. 10 minutes on foot

San no kuruwa

Guided Spots

It is a large grassy hill-like area. There used to be a horse stable. It offers a panoramic view of the Hongo and Takata areas.

Genbe Swamp

Guided SpotsStay: Approx. 15 min.

It is said that the name was given because the shape of the swamp resembles winter footwear (gembe) made of straw. It is said to be a place to wash horses.


Guided SpotsStay: about 30 min.

It is thought to have been the site of the modern Ninomaru, and compared to the steepness of Ichikuruwa, it is wider and offers a better view of the surrounding area. Since foundation stones have been found on this flat area, it is thought that a structure using these stones may have existed here.


Guided SpotsStay: approx. 20 min.

It offers a panoramic view of Aizu. As a “Tsume no Shiro,” the castle was carefully prepared. The symbolic building, Tenshu Yagura, is thought to have been located here, and turret-like remains are still extant in the northeastern part of the ring.

South Cliff (Old Castle Road)

Guided Spots

The path is narrow and steep and rocky. You need to watch your step, but it is worth seeing and you will realize that Mukaihaguroyama Castle is also known as “Genkan” (rock building). The view from here is also excellent! You can look down on Benten-kuruwa.

Benten Kuruwa

Guided SpotsStay: approx. 20 min.

There are two small shrines, Munakata Shrine and Omizu Shrine. Omizu Shrine, in particular, is located on a cliff and is very thrilling. Be careful where you step.


Guided SpotsStay: approx. 20 min.

It is said to be the place where Moriuji Asina enjoyed the tea ceremony, and is also said to be the birthplace of the Aizu Tea Ceremony.
It commands a panoramic view of the Aizu-Wakamatsu area, and on a clear day, Mount Bandaisan can be seen in the distance.

Haguroyama Shrine

Guided Spots

Haguroyama Shrine and Shusse inari Shrine, which is reached by climbing 186 stone steps to the shrine. Behind the shrine is a path leading to the summit of Mt. The summit is also a viewpoint from which the Aizu Basin can be seen. The Matsukaze trail from Mt. Haguroyama to Mt. Kannon is also recommended for a short hike.

Arrive at Hongo Information Center

Stretch your legs a bit.

Sakudari Kannon

Guided SpotsStay: approx. 40 min.

Sakudari Kannondo is said to be more than 1,000 years old since the Heian period (794-1185). It is a magnificent three-story pavilion built by cutting through a rock in the middle of the mountain, similar to Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, and is a sight to behold. Inside the Kannon Hall, the “Headless Kannon” is enshrined.

Joushouji Temple(Toso Byo)

Guided SpotsStay: approx. 20 min.

It enshrines the tablets of Genzaemon Mizuno, the founder of Aizu Hongo ware, and Ihei Sato, the founder of porcelain. It was built in 1878 in the Joushouji Temple. The pottery ancestors’ festival is held on September 16 every year to commemorate their legacy.

For inquiries, please contact the Aizu Misato Tourist Association (TEL0242-56-4882).


Guided SpotsStay: approx. 20 min.

The Taishi statue was enshrined in a hall built as the guardian deity of the Mikka-cho community in the Hongo area. It is said to be the oldest statue of the Taishi in the Tohoku region, and is a rare example of a man holding a sutra scroll.
The Taishi Statue can be viewed by groups only; contact the Aizu Misato Town Tourist Association (TEL0242-56-4882).