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Kasugayama Castle, Joetsu

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Kasugayama Castle was the primary fortress of the Japanese warlord Uesugi Kenshin during the Sengoku period. It is situated in what is now the city of Jōetsu, Niigata prefecture, and was originally built and ruled by the Nagao clan.Uesugi Kenshin, who was originally Nagao Kagetora, became the lord of the castle in 1548.This castle was Uesugi Kenshin's departure point in his engagement with Takeda Shingen in the 1561 Battle of Kawanakajima.After his death in 1578, his nephew Uesugi Kagekatsu gained control of it, after a brief series of battles with Uesugi Kagetora, Kenshin's adopted son, over the inheritance. Twenty years later, the Hori clan became the lords of Kasugayama; but they decided it was not a good place to rule from, so they built a new castle at Fukushima and, in 1607, Kasugayama's last castle lords left.The castle is unofficially called Hachigamine Castle, the name Kasuga (lit. spring day) coming from a connection to Kasuga Taisha, a major Shinto shrine in Nara.SignificanceKasugayama Castle is regarded as among Japan's Five Greatest Mountain Castles, along with Nanao Castle, Odani Castle, Kannonji Castle and Gassantoda Castle.
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  • Is using the natural terrain as famous as residence of Uesugi Kenshin. Halfway up the mountain his mansion or Castle, Tower was set up as, currently, most buildings do not. Of blossom time and runs shuttle bus free of charge to kasugayama Castle is very useful. Along the way, stop in Joetsu City, archaeological research center, exhibition, has been held. Also, the Center for cultural heritage has become Uesugi omotenashi Honjin
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  •  From the Kasuga shrine to the top one way 15 more minutes? Age because I was tired. It was difficult and muddy roads, especially down. If you like Samurai warlords take visitors you want.
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  • Kasugayama Castle climb via the Kasuga shrine. Had time in the middle and to the Castle proper mark quickly and do so. Great mountain and sea views.
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