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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.

Visit Notes

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.

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Castle Profile
English Name Odoi
Japanese Name 御土居
Founder Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Year Founded 1591
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition Ruins only
Designations National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Artifacts Dorui, Karabori
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access It is recommended one rents a bicycle to tour the entire ruins
Visitor Information 24/7 free
Time Required Six to Eight Hours
Location Kyoto, Kyoto
Coordinates 35° 3' 3.92" N, 135° 44' 19.10" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
Contributor ART
Admin Year Visited Viewer Contributed

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3 hours 57 minutes ago
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I'm going through and adding co-ordinates. Don't know how I forgot to when I first uploaded. Better late than never? Also there is a segment not shown here at the Ohmiya Driving School located at the following co-ordinates, but I don't know if it's open to the public:

35.05278452525509, 135.74340216123338


22 months ago
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it makes for a lovely day out cycling


22 months ago
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Awesome! There's more here than I thought there was. It's one of those things I had always thought about doing too, renting a bicycle to travel around.