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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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  • Takamine Odoi segment dorui
  • Ohmiya Odoi Dorui
  • Beginning of Ohmiya Odoi segment dorui
  • End of Ohmiya Odoi segment dorui
  • North-north Takamine Odoi segment dorui
  • North Takamine Odoi segment dorui
  • Segment at 紙屋児童公園
  • Tiny segment of dorui in the middle of a residential area
  • Dorui segment of Odoi north of Kitano-Tenmanguu
  • Kitano-Tenmanguu Odoi segment, on dorui looking down into gorge
  • Odoi segment dorui on Kitano JHS grounds
  • Atop of the dorui segment of odoi at 市五郎大明神神社
  • Dorui (伝), a segment of piled earth from Odoi incorporated into Shousei Garden
  • Dorui, part of the segment directly east of the Imperial Palace
  • Dorui, northeastern segment
  • Dorui, northeastern corner segment

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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, 2021
Admin Visits Nov. 27, 2021

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30 months 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


52 months ago
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it makes for a lovely day out cycling


52 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.