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Kaminoyama Castle, Kaminoyama

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Kaminoyama Castle is a hirayama-style Japanese castle located in the center of the city of Kaminoyama, eastern Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. Throughout the Edo period, Kaminoyama Castle was the headquarters for the daimyō of Kaminoyama Domain. The castle was also known as "Tsukoka-jō".HistoryThe first castle on this site dates to the early Muromachi period, when the area was under the control of the Tendō clan. The area was contested between the Mogami clan and the Date clan, changing hands several times. The foundations of the present castle were built by Takenaga Yoshitada, a retainer of the Mogami, in 1535. However, after the establishment of the Tokugawa shogunate, the Mogami were dispossessed, and a new 40,000 koku domain, Kaminoyama Domain was created. Thereafter the castle and Kaminoyama Domain passed through a number of daimyo clans, often for only a generation or two, and its revenues were often reduced. Under the Toki clan, a donjon was built, but it was destroyed when the clan was transferred elsewhere in 1692. In 1697, the castle came under the control of the Fujii branch of the Matsudaira clan, which continued to rule over Kaminoyama Domain until the Meiji restoration.
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  • According to the brochures, this castle originally was higher on the hill. It was completely built up with steel and concrete and has an elevator – boy these modern samurais have an easy life. The cas...  more »
  • I once heard a ninja tale involving an arson attack on a castle called Kamino (like the planet off star wars). From the description of the attack the castle sounded only like a small bare wood fort. I...  more »
  • Highlights include the rotating crane sculpture that appears out of nowhere, the statues of yamabushi mountain monks who blow into big conches, and the cute mascot characters! Go Kaminoyamaru!  more »
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  • Not a big castle, but you can see the city of Kaminoyama from it. The museum inside exhibits several historical items. There's no English description around the castle, even inside the museum.
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