Charms of Minamiboso (10) Shiroyama Park


Shiroyama, literally translated as “castle hill”, is the place where Lord Satomi built a castle at the summit several hundred years ago.  Today the whole area is a municipal park and has been the locals’ favorite spot for an early morning walk or a family picnic on Sunday afternoon. Flower lovers enjoy observing various kinds of flowers all year round, but the cherry blossoms in early April and the azaleas in May are especially notable. The castle-like building you see today is a museum that was built in 1982.  Just below the top of the hill is a tea house with an exquisite Japanese garden, where tea ceremonies are occasionally held for visitors.