The O'Doi was an earth-piled barrier surrounding Kyōto constructed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1591. In the Edo Period and thereafter this city wall was gradually developed over, starting in the Early Edo Period with the opening of several parts of the ramparts to allow extra openings for traffic. The eastern embankment adjacent to the Kamogawa River was retained until around 1670 as a natural disaster prevention measure against flooding, but it was then replaced by a new embankment which was stone-clad and closer to the water front. Chunk by chunk the O'Doi was continually demolished to make way for the expanding city until it was given special protections as a historic artifact in 1930.
I cycled around on a rented bicycle touring the remaining segments of the O'Doi. The most significant remains of the O'Doi are located in the city's northwest, but remains are scattered about in over a dozen locations across the city.
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||National Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Pre Edo Period|
|Access||It is recommended one rents a bicycle to tour the entire ruins|
|Visitor Information||24/7 free|
|Time Required||Six to Eight Hours|
|Coordinates||35° 3' 3.92" N, 135° 44' 19.10" E|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|
|Added to Jcastle||2020|