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Iwamura Castle, Ena

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was located in the southeastern area of Mino Province in Japan. Its ruins can be found in the modern-day town of Iwamura in Ena District, Gifu Prefecture.BackgroundThe castle was first founded in 1185 by Kato Kagekado who was the vassal or retainers of Minamoto no Yoritomo and from the 13th to 16th centuries, it was in the fief of the Tōyama clan (遠山氏 Tōyama-shi). In the late 16th century, Toyama Kageto (who became a retainer of Oda Nobunaga) would be the last of the Toyama family to hold the castle.Siege of IwamuraIn 1572, after the Siege of Iwamura, Takeda Shingen took the castle and entrusted it to Akiyama Nobutomo. The widow of Toyama Kageto negotiated the castles surrender and her own marriage to Nobutomo—for protection.RevengeFrom July–December 1575, Oda Nobunaga attacked and took the castle, and after a 6-month siege he promised Nobutomo safety and his life if he ended holding out. However he reneged on his word and had Nobutomo and his wife executed by hanging upside down—a punishment usually reserved for traitors. Nobunaga would eventually become Shogun or military ruler of all Japan.Various RulersNobunaga placed the castle under the command of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Hideyoshi in turn transferred power of Iwamura Castle to Tamaru Tomotada. After the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, it was occupied under Tokugawa rule by the Ogyu Daimyo from 1601 to 1638, by the Niwa clan from 1638 to 1702, and finally by the Ishikawa clan from 1702 until the end of the Tokugawa period in 1868.
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  • Of the long-awaited totally invisible in the rain. I enjoyed the atmosphere. I'd like to go on a sunny day here. Want to see photos of landscapes!! ︎
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  • Iwamura Castle is said Japan 3 Oyama Castle, able of 717 M above sea level, overlooking the majestic mountain views. Took to the steep slopes of 6-wall also was impressive. Very good history and was healed.
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  • From the Museum went climbing road on the edge with one car on word of mouth. Time-the length of the grass is high and further prospects are bad. Get on the road towards the Castle and District along the way, go to 257. Samurai named "the ramparts at your waist" signs indicating directions to parking lot soon. Parking lot had a good bathroom. Rain stopped the thundering, hurried to the Castle, walked. Waste Castle made during the Meiji Restoration, but smaller than the Takeda castle ruins so stone remains perfectly in the gate mark and well intact, tourism is even good. Here it stayed honnoji Temple change 80 days prior to Oda Nobunaga. It is very close to 257.
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