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Ako Castle

Ako Castle
(Harima Province/Hyogo Prefecture)

The Akou-jo was built by Naganao Asano in the 1st year of Kanbun era (1661), and under the rare circumstances that it was built after the Warring States period. Soko Yamaga, a famous military science scholar in those days, gave his advice when the castle was designed.
As the castle was built by the sea, there is also a gate that allows ships to dock directly inside. The inside of the castle was fitted with Tap water to receive water from the river, and is one of three largest Japanese Tap water systems.
During the 14th year of Genroku era (1701), Naganori Asano (also known as Asano Takuminokami) wounded Yoshihisa Kouzukenosuke Kira in the Edo castle, and was sentenced to cutting his stomach and his han (adminstrative division) was dismissed. After that came the famous story of the Akou vendetta; 47 Samurai of Akou killed Kouzukenosuke Kira.

(2007/7/26 、2012/12/22 )

Ako Castle
Main gate
Ako Castle Main gate
North east corner turret
Ako Castle North east corner turret
Third enclosure
Ako Castle Third enclosure
Third enclosure and Near Shioya gate
Ako Castle Third enclosure and Near Shioya gate
Third enclosure and Near Shimizu gate
Ako Castle Third enclosure and Near Shimizu gate
Near Second enlosure gate
Ako Castle Near Second enlosure gate
Main enclosure gate (Yakui gate)
Ako Castle Main enclosure gate (Yakui gate)
Main enclosure gate (Turret gate)
Ako Castle Main enclosure gate (Turret gate)
Main enclosure
Ako Castle Main enclosure
Stone wall of Base of the main tower
Ako Castle Stone wall of Base of the main tower
The ruins of Hanehashi gate
Ako Castle The ruins of Hanehashi gate
Umayaguchi gate
Ako Castle Umayaguchi gate
Second enclosure
Ako Castle Second enclosure
Second enclosure garden
Ako Castle Second enclosure garden
Relocated gate (Main gate of Kagaku temple)
Ako Castle Relocated gate (Main gate of Kagaku temple)

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Harima Province
Himeji Castle
Ako Castle
Tatsuno Castle
Hayashida Jinya
Okishio Castle
Miki Castle
Akashi Castle
Haga Castle
Yamazaki Castle
Mikazuki Jinya
Hirafuku Jinya

Hyogo Prefecture
Sumoto Castle
Himeji Castle
Ako Castle
Tatsuno Castle
Hayashida Jinya
Okishio Castle
Miki Castle
Akashi Castle
Haga Castle
Yamazaki Castle
Mikazuki Jinya
Hirafuku Jinya
Arioka Castle
Izushi Castle
Arikoyama Castle
Takeda Castle
Yagi Castle
Sasayama Castle
Yagami Castle
Kuroi Castle
Kaibara Jinya

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Ako Castle Main gate

Main gate



Ako Castle North east corner turret

North east corner turret



Ako Castle Third enclosure

Third enclosure



Ako Castle Third enclosure and Near Shioya gate

Third enclosure and Near Shioya gate



Ako Castle Third enclosure and Near Shimizu gate

Third enclosure and Near Shimizu gate



Ako Castle Near Second enlosure gate

Near Second enlosure gate



Ako Castle Main enclosure gate (Yakui gate)

Main enclosure gate (Yakui gate)



Ako Castle Main enclosure gate (Turret gate)

Main enclosure gate (Turret gate)



Ako Castle Main enclosure

Main enclosure



Ako Castle Stone wall of Base of the main tower

Stone wall of Base of the main tower



Ako Castle The ruins of Hanehashi gate

The ruins of Hanehashi gate



Ako Castle Umayaguchi gate

Umayaguchi gate



Ako Castle Second enclosure

Second enclosure



Ako Castle Second enclosure garden

Second enclosure garden



Ako Castle Relocated gate (Main gate of Kagaku temple)

Relocated gate (Main gate of Kagaku temple)




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