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Ancient Shirakawa barrier

Ancient Shirakawa barrier Ancient Shirakawa barrier is a historic place, and is located about 10 km south of Shirakwa city.

It was set up in the 5th century.
At that time, there were the different ethnic groups in northern Japan. But the Japanese government was expanding its territory to the north.
This barrier was built on the main route for protection from the groups.

After that, the Japanese government had occupied the whole Tohoku District, then this barrier had felt into desuetude completely.
But some of heroes or intellectuals in various periods in history visited here, because this legendary site had been the only entrance to Tohoku District.

Over time, the remains had been lost completely.
In 1800, Sadanobu Matsudaira, the lord of Shirakawa Domain, confirmed the exact location by the study of various historic documents.
He built a stone monument at that place.

Now there are only the stone monument, Shirakwa Shrine built in 771, and some landmarks of buildings and moats.

Shirakawa Seki-no-mori Park

Shirakawa Seki-no-mori ParkIt is a municipal park next to Shirakawa barrier, and admission is free, however, there is a charge in some facility.
In this park, some buildings reconstructed ancient house and removed old farm fouse are dotted.
Also there are a restaurant and souvenir shops.

Scenic or Nature / Park or Garden / Resort / City, Town or Village / Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine / Museum or Laboratory / Market or Commercial facility / Factory /
Other Building or Construction / Historic place / Remains / World Heritage Site

How to get to here

Railroad and taxi

  1. Get off at Shin-Shirakawa station on Tohoku-Shinkansen.
  2. Then from Shin-Shirakawa station, take a taxi. (about 20 minutes)
    The route bus departs from JR Shirakawa station, but it goes to there only 3 times a day.


  • From central Shirakawa city, about 12 km, about 20 minutes.
  • From central Kooriyama city, about 55 km using Tohoku Expressway, about 1 hour.

Entrance of Shirakawa barrier site
Photo by Travel and Railway of Japan
The stone monument of Shirakawa barrier
Photo by Travel and Railway of Japan
Shirakawa Shrine
Photo by Travel and Railway of Japan
Ancient houses in Seki-no-mori Park
Photo by Travel and Railway of Japan

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