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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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  • Iwamura station off the streets and climbed up. One 30-minute climb, singletrack so slippery and needs attention. So at the inner Citadel gate and Yagura ain't never beautiful, Castle, gate area has a museum. Said either in the rugged mountains and piled stone walls and piles, masculine strength. Especially 6-wall is famous for. You can also can experience the Castle car, walk, climb and I'd see rooftops.
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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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