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Ōzu Castle, Ozu

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Ōzu Castle, also known as Jizōgatake Castle, is a castle located in Ōzu, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. It was originally constructed in 1331 by Utsunomiya Toyofusa. In 1888 the keep of the castle was destroyed, but it was re-constructed in 2004.HistoryŌzu Castle was constructed in 1331 by Utsunomiya Toyofusa. However, the structure as represented now was built sometime between 1585–1617. During this period, the castle was controlled by a number of lords, including Wakisaka Yasuharu, Kobayakawa Takakage, Tōdō Takatora, and Toda Katsutaka. In 1617, the castle was occupied by Katō Sadayasu and, until the Meiji Restoration, the castle remained under control of the Katō clan. In 1888 the keep was destroyed by a fire, though the two yagura, or towers, that were connected by corridors to the keep were saved. What remained of the castle survived World War II, even though the surrounding castle town was firebombed. In 2004 the keep was re-constructed, along with the corridors that connected the keep to the yagura. A small museum about the history of the castle is housed in the keep and yagura.
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  • I vividly remember the very intriguing spectacle of the dark old wood and bright new wood contrasting sharply as I moved between the reconstructed tenshukaku (main keep) and adjoining yagura (turret) ...  more »
  • It was rainy when I took the train down to Ito Ozu from Matsuyama. Like a dummy I didn't take an umbrella with me when I left and bought one at the JR Station in Ozu. The castle is within walking dist...  more »
  • Extremely well done rebuild. Got some great photos. The entry price was a bit above the norm. When you consider the prices to visit the 4 original castles in Shikoku. Weather was really bad. Good to s...  more »
  • A small but quite nice castle with a reconstructed main keep.
  • Average smaller castle on top of a big hill. The hill has been been mostly paved over making it easy to go up and down, however it doesn't have as much of the original natural beauty of nearby Uwajima castle and instead replaces it with a touristy-y feel with many souvenir shops and large buildings. I find it difficult to find a good angle of this castle once you reach the top. It's also a bit of a walk from the train station.
  • Small but intimate castle.
  • amazing view
  • Castle was rebuilt, but has been reproduced in wood as much as possible. Personally I like note above note.
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