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Morioka Castle Ruins, Morioka

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Morioka Castle is a hirayama-style Japanese castle constructed in 1611. It was the seat of the Nanbu clan, a 100,000 koku tozama daimyō clan who ruled over Morioka Domain, Mutsu Province, in what is now central Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. It was also referred to as Kozukata Castle, but strictly speaking this name pertains to the predecessor of Morioka Castle on the same site.BackgroundThe confluence of the Kitakami River and the Nakatsu River was of strategic importance in control of river traffic in central Oshu, and a castle was built on this located during the late Heian period by the Kiyohara clan.HistoryDuring the late Sengoku period, former Nanbu Nobunao lord of Fukuoka Castle in Kunohe was awarded holdings in Mutsu Province exceeding 100,000 koku, including the site of old Kozukata Castle and received permission to build a new castle from Toyotomi Hideyoshi. These holdings were confirmed after the Battle of Sekigahara by Tokugawa Ieyasu. The actual construction work on the new castle was supervised by his Nanbu Nobunao’s son, Nanbu Toshinao, who later became the 1st daimyō of Morioka Domain, but the castle was not completed until 1633, during the reign of Nanbu Shigenao, the 2nd daimyo.
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  • Morioka Castle visited when I went to Morioka. Castle was not there was still a good stone wall. The Castle, city convenience and a little higher. It was pretty good. Cherry still failed. It is too bad.
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  • We arrived at peak cherry blossom time and hanami was in full force. A fair was being held behind the ruins with food and performers during the day and night and coming back at night when the lanterns...  more »
  • Walk away from the train station and headed out. Stamp location is visited to hyakumeizan (百名山) Castle stamps. Is a place where you can enjoy a stroll.
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  • Just the foundation remains of the castle. There isn't quite enough here to make it a destination, unless you are going for a picnic or hanami. You can do a short stroll through it an be done. There are some nice views of water features, an empty statuary dais, and a bridge. There is a rose garden and plenty of Pokestops. There is a museum and shrine along the outskirts of the park as well.
  • great park with a lot of sakura trees
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  • Castle Rock establishes oshu Iwate, Morioka Castle--. Mutsu-Morioka Castle--Rocky Castle prospering Iwate in Oshu. The residence of the Morioka domain was founded by the nanbu clan during the Edo period. The castle's mutsu kozukata castle hill forts along the kitakami River, based on the 普請 in the stone wall. Tohoku three is counted by one of the Castle. In the 17th Century that was the Feudal Castle of Morioka Domain what had built by Nambu Clan. It was fortified on the base of a hill fort, "Kozukata Castle" where is along Kitakami River. This is a leading castle constructed by piling stones in Mutsu Province, and One of Three Major Castles in Tohoku. "Weaving kozukata rock pile of Iwate Forest Hill Sansa dance out" "weaving rocks of kozukata into morigaoka, and sansa dancing for mount iwate"--Japanese Poem (Tanka) free translated
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  • Short spring cherry blossom season is a beautiful castle. Bronze statue was enshrined in the base or when to restore
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