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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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  • We were lucky in that the cherry trees were still in bloom. It was very pretty there but wouldn't be much to see out of season. Castle foundations were impressive.  more »
  • A tranquil spot in the midst of Morioka City to unwind, have a picnic or simply just read a book. The mountain ridge in the background provides a stunning backdrop to enjoy the sunset. Or follow the s...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Lovely little park full of hidden gardens and paths. The benches near the castle donjon monument provide nice views of the city, and the people like to strike up conversation or at least nod politely.
  • Good garden around for hanami. Overall it is about the scenery and garden in the middle of city.
  • It a park… all parks deserve a five star rating
  • We were bit lucky since we saw blossoming trees and a wedding photo shooting.
  • 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.