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Otemon gate

Remain of the “Edo” castle

It is open to public.If the “Edo” castle remained with perfect form, it could be a marvelous touristic spot
Unfortunately, the main building of the “Edo” castle was burned down by a big fire in 1657. After that, stone walls remained and are open to public at present. The picture on the left side is “Ohte” gate leading to “Edo” castle.

The “Otemon” is the main gate among 11 gates which existing in the “Edo” castle area and visitors can go through for free.

When building a caslte, the most important thing which must be considered is that enemies cannot invade easily. We can see the intention from that fact that we need to go through many gates to reach the main building. Moreover, since the “Ohte” gate is the main gate, Men of old made huge turrets and rectangular space between the inner and outer gates to make a very strict defense.


architect Takatora Fujido
established 1606
address 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
access TokyoMetro Chiyoda-line Nijubashimae-Station(10 min walk)
admission Free of charge
open 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(until 17:00 from mid April through August; until 16:00 from November through February).
closed Mondays, Fridays
(open if the Monday or the Friday is a national holiday, except on the Emperor's Birthday 23 Dec.)
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