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Kokura Castle

Kokura Castle
(Buzen Province/Fukuoka Prefecture)

Kokura-jo was first built after Hideyoshi Toyotomi's Kyushu conquest in the 15th year of Tensho era (1587), when Katsunobu Mohri became the ruler. It was constructed at the mouth of the Murasaki River, and was an important spot to maintain power over the Kanmon Straits.
After the battle of Sekigahara, Buzennokuni's Tadaoki Hosokawa was assigned to Kokura-jo and he expanded the castle. In 15th year of Keicho era (1610) the castle tower was finished with a proud sight to behold, but burnt down in the 8th year of Tenpo era (1837).
In the 34th year of Showa era (1959) it was restored with steel-lined concrete, but the restored castle tower had a different appearance compared to the previous one. Currently, the castle is surrounded by an urban environment, and the castle tower acts as a symbol of the city.

(2008/6/8 )

Kokura Castle
Tora gate
Kokura Castle Tora gate
Kitanomaru enclosure
Kokura Castle Kitanomaru enclosure
Second enclosure
Kokura Castle Second enclosure
Main gate and the ruins of Keyaki gate
Kokura Castle Main gate and the ruins of Keyaki gate
Main enclosure
Kokura Castle Main enclosure
Tamonguchi gate
Kokura Castle Tamonguchi gate
North enclosure and Stone wall of Main enclosure
Kokura Castle North enclosure and Stone wall of Main enclosure
Nishinokuchi gate and Kurogane gate
Kokura Castle Nishinokuchi gate and Kurogane gate

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Kokura Castle Tora gate

Tora gate



Kokura Castle Kitanomaru enclosure

Kitanomaru enclosure



Kokura Castle Second enclosure

Second enclosure



Kokura Castle Main gate and the ruins of Keyaki gate

Main gate and the ruins of Keyaki gate



Kokura Castle Main enclosure

Main enclosure



Kokura Castle Tamonguchi gate

Tamonguchi gate



Kokura Castle North enclosure and Stone wall of Main enclosure

North enclosure and Stone wall of Main enclosure



Kokura Castle Nishinokuchi gate and Kurogane gate

Nishinokuchi gate and Kurogane gate




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