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Shigisan, Heguri-cho

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Shigisan castle was a Japanese castle of the Sengoku period, controlled by the Kizawa and Matsunaga clans.LocationThe castle was located atop Mount Shigi, on the border of Japan's Kawachi and Yamato provinces (today Nara prefecture). The shugo (shogunal governors) and later daimyo of Yamato province ruled the province from Shigisan, and wielded some control over the strategic passes between Yamato and Kawachi.The location was also significant for the temple of Chōgosonshi-ji, which sits on the mountainside, some distance below the castle. Shigisan is the central mountain of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, and is claimed to be the location where, in 587, Shōtoku Taishi defeated Mononobe no Moriya in the battle of Shigisan.HistoryThe castle was originally constructed in 1536 by Kizawa Nagamasa, who commanded it on behalf of the Hatakeyama clan, who held the post of shugo of Yamato province. It was repaired and expanded on in 1559, by Matsunaga Hisahide, who commanded it on behalf of the Miyoshi clan. It would grow to be roughly 700m from north to south, and 550m from east to west, and included a four-story yagura (tower or turret). In 1562, however, the daimyo of Yamato province moved to Tamonyama castle.
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  • It is recommended to consider as day trip from Nara as it has so much to see. From JR Oji station wee took one way by train and bus and other way by bus, cable car and Kintetsu line train to return to...  more »
  • Takayasu mountain overlooking the Osaka plain to arrive in about an hour trekking. You can enjoy great prospects such as katsuragi mountain and Mt. Kumgang from the Summit.
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  • Went for the first time, but variety is good. Kaidan'in museums and 胎内kuguri around the frog's pilgrimage in Shikoku Island and sand stomping, rejuvenation or money and was filled with highlights.
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