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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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  • I visited for the first time. On the other side of the moat and stone walls and watchtowers were built to each of its ends. I had a castle in the Middle back, dug, it does not seem. I'm heading, 3 floors on the left turret had a substantial role of. It was a castle so no eye on the shogunate lived quietly.
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  • 100 people went to the Castle stamps! It was the winter shrine, was hairemasenn during the winter Castle is beautiful. I'd love to revisit during cherry blossom season, had never been lived in Niigata Prefecture, but was more mature and stone walls and watchtowers.
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  • Ayane didn't during the holidays for the winter are also good so good in photos. Kumamoto city.
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