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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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  • Hyakumeizan (百名山) Castle stamps because I visited. Is easy to walk because the road is maintained, but unfortunately there was admission prohibited areas. View was very beautiful.
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  • The shrine comes into view and climb the stairs. Ninomaru and sannomaru incomplete in the rain in July, but was located splendid statue of Uesugi Kenshin.
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  • Reach the kasugayama Castle and climb up the walkways. Japan sea views, overlooking the echigo plain view is magnificent, and the visit as exploring the history of thought from the heart. Description and information boards, enjoyed everywhere everywhere. Could walk comfortably.
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