Constructed in the "Bunmei Era" of the Muromachi period (late 15th century), Oshi Castle is famous as the castle that held out against a flood attack organized by Ishida Mitsunari. Oshi Castle was torn down in the Meiji Restoration, but in 1988 Oshi Castle’s three story tower was restored and combined with the Gyoda City Provincial Museum. Visitors can look out over the entire city from the top level of the three story tower.
With 9 large scale ancient kofun burial mounds, the "Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds" make up the largest collection of ancient burial mounds in East Japan. Sakitama Kofun Park is a park organized around this collection. Visitors to the Museum of the Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds on the park grounds can see the national treasure "Iron Kinsakumei Tekken Sword" and ascend an ancient kofun burial mound. Enjoy seasonal flowers like cherry blossoms and Japanese irises.
Gyoda City was the largest producer of tabi socks in the peak of the Showa era. The tabi industry faded away with the popularization of nylon socks, but Gyoda City still houses many tabi related buildings constructed from the Meiji to Taisho era, including tabi warehouses that were used to store finished tabi stock and tabi shop-offices. Today they are being used as cafes and shops for things like baked goods and soba.
"Kodai Hasu no Sato (Ancient Lotus Pond)" treats visitors to the mysterious beauty of Gyoda lotus flowers that awoke from an ancient sleep in Gyoda. From June through August, some 120,000 lotus flowers of 42 types can be seen on the grounds. Climb the observation tower from summer through autumn to see "huge rice paddy art" spread across a paddy canvas from 50 meters above ground.
At the "Tabi and Lifestyle Museum," see a live tabi making performance by a tabi artesian or have your own personal tabi made with the material of your choice reservations required. Also, view the 13 steps of the tabi making process and try your hand at some of the process under the instruction of a tabi artesian.
A popular event held every spring and autumn at the Gyoda City Provincial Museum. Anyone can try on armor and a helmet. Transform into a feudal warlord and take a commemorative photo in your best pose.
After strolling through Sakitama Kofun Park, you'll definitely want to stop by "Haniwa House" located in the park grounds. Here you can make your own original clay figurine. An instructor guides visitors through the process, so beginners will have no trouble having fun making their own figurine. It takes one month from the drying stage to the final baking stage, but it's definitely worth the wait!
If you want to check out sightseeing spots dotting the city area, renting a sightseeing bicycle is definitely the way to go! You can return the bike to any of the 6 rental locations in town. There is no rental charge.
◆Kodai Hasu no Sato (Ancient Lotus Pond)
◆Sightseeing Information Buratto ♪ Gyoda
◆In front of Higashi-Gyoda Station (Sakura-cho 3-7-10)
From 9:00 to 16:00 present identification (driver's license, passport, etc.) at a rental location to rent a bicycle. You can return the bicycle at any of the above listed rental locations.
If you return a bicycle after 16:00, put the key in the post at a rental location when returning.
*Bicycles cannot be rented on closed days at the Provincial Museum, Haniwa House, and Kodai Hasu no Sato (Ancient Lotus Pond).
Though Gyoda City does not have many slopes, people who are not regular cyclers may want to use the convenient electric powered peddling assist. It's really convenient!
Rental and return are at the Sightseeing Information area only.
*Bicycle batteries can also be recharged at Kodai Hasu no Sato (Ancient Lotus Pond) and Rojin Fukushi Center Ozeki Eijuso (Elderly Welfare Center Ozeki Eijuso) (3792 Suka, Gyoda City).
500 yen per 1 time / 1 day
Electric assist bicycles must be returned to the Sightseeing Information area by 15:30.
100 yen per 1 time
Runs every day (does not run from Dec. 29 to January 3)
If you want to see sights in the city in the most efficient way possible, a circular route tour bus is definitely the way to go. The sightseeing hub tour course goes past every sightseeing spot in Gyoda City. Bus timetables are available at the Gyoda City website. If you get lost or need help, ask for help at the Sightseeing Information area in front of JR Gyoda Station, Sightseeing Information Buratto ♪ Gyoda, or City Hall.
Sightseeing Hub Tour Course (pdf)
Board at Tokyo Station and get off at "Kumagaya Station" (about 40 min). Switch to Chichibu Railway and get off at "Gyodashi Station" (9 min).
Board at Ueno Station and get off at "Kumagaya Station" (about 30 min). Switch to Chichibu Railway and get off at "Gyodashi Station" (9 min).
Board at Ueno Station and get off at "Gyoda Station" (about 60 min).
Board a Local Train (Kakuekiteisha) at Ikebukuro Station and get off at "Gyoda Station" (about 60 min). *Only Local Trains stop at Gyoda Station.
About 30 minutes along the Japan National Route 125 bypass from the Hanyu Interchange.
About 40 minutes along Japan National Route 125 from the Kazo Interchange.
About 40 minutes from the Hanazono Interchange. Take Japan National Route 140 from the Hanazono Interchange to Kumagaya, then take the Japan National Route 17 bypass.
About 35 minutes from the Higashi-Matsuyama Interchange through Namegawa Machi and Kumagaya.
Gyoda City Tourist Association
Gyoda City Commerce and Tourism Division