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Shibata Castle, Shibata

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Shibata Castle is a Japanese castle located in Shibata, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Throughout the Edo period, Shibata Castle was home to the Mizobuchi clan, daimyō of Shibata Domain. The castle was also known as "Ayame-jō".The construction date of the original Shibata Castle is unknown; however, the surrounding area was under control of the Shibata clan since the Kamakura period. The Shibata were destroyed in the early Muromachi period by the forces of Uesugi Kagekatsu. In 1597, Toyotomi Hideyoshi moved the Uesugi clan to Aizu-Wakamatsu and assigned the former Shibata lands to Mizoguchi Hidekatsu in 1598. Construction began immediately on a new castle, which was not completed until the rule of the 3rd generation daimyō of Shibata Domain, Mizobuchi Nobunao, in 1654. Much of the castle was destroyed by a fire in 1668 and rebuilt by 1679. The Omotemon main gate dates from a 1732 reconstruction.Following the Meiji restoration and subsequent abolition of the han system, the Mizobuchi clan surrendered Shibata Castle to the new Meiji government. In 1871, the castle was garrisoned by a detachment of the Imperial Japanese Army, and in 1873 most of the structures were pulled down. At the time, it had 11 yagura watchtowers and five gates. Of those 16 main structures only one gate, the Omotemon, and one yagura Sumi yagura remain today. Both are designated as important cultural properties. The wall outside the turret, in a style called Namako kabe, is waterproof. The stone wall is made of regularly piled stones in the manner of Kirikomihagi.
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  • wonderful small castle - not many tourists so you are able to discover the beauty on your own without much hassle. Good explanation of the construction.  more »
  • This was a pleasant side trip for us. The original towers stonework, and moat are nearly 300 years old. You can even climb into the towers and look at the nail free woodwork. admission is free. There ...  more »
  • Because it is about 1.5 km from the train station, the location is good walk. Can visit gate and Tower two degree because there are used as grounds of self-defense, as early as in 30 minutes will be regulated. As an aside near the field but, to picnic and play ball.
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  • Many cherry blossom season will be sparse. I think only Shibata Castle are extant buildings in Niigata Prefecture, the garrison of the SDF so popular is there?. And no bigwigs. I'd like a general openness to ideas. I'd say the tower is a tower.
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  • Shibata Castle is really beautiful
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