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Hirado Castle

Hirado Castle
(Hizen Province/Nagasaki Prefecture)

Hirato-jo was first called Hinotake-jo. The origin was the one built in the 4th year of Keicho era (1599) by the 26th master of the Matsura clan, Shigenobu (Hoin) who governed Hirado region. Hinotake-jo was burn down by Shigenobu himself in the 18th year of Keicho (1613). It is said this was done to show his obedience to the Tokugawa shogunate. After this, the Matsura clan became a daimyo without a castle.
From that time on, the 29th master of the Matsura clan, Shigenobu (Tensho) started designing a castle together with Soko Yamaga. The 30th master, Takashi received an approval to build a castle from the shogunate and completed its construction in the 3rd year of Kyoho era (1718), which is Hirado-jo that remains today.
The current castle tower is the one restored in the 37th year of Showa (1962) and some other buildings are also restored.

(2008/10/19 )

Hirado Castle
The ruins of Ichino-mon and Nino-mon of Main entrance
Hirado Castle The ruins of Ichino-mon and Nino-mon of Main entrance
Second enclosure
Hirado Castle Second enclosure
Kaijyuu turret and The ruins of Anjyu gate
Hirado Castle Kaijyuu turret and The ruins of Anjyu gate
Jizouzaka turret
Hirado Castle Jizouzaka turret
North entrance gate
Hirado Castle North entrance gate
Tanuki turret
Hirado Castle Tanuki turret
Main enclosure gate
Hirado Castle Main enclosure gate
Kensou turret
Hirado Castle Kensou turret
Main tower
Hirado Castle Main tower
South entrance gate
Hirado Castle South entrance gate
Castle town
Hirado Castle Castle town

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Hizen Province
Saga Castle
Karatsu Castle
Nagoya Castle
Hirado Castle
Omura Castle
Shimabara Castle
Hara Castle
Shishiga Castle
Kishitake Castle
Kajiya Castle
Fukue Castle

Nagasaki Prefecture
Hirado Castle
Omura Castle
Shimabara Castle
Hara Castle
Kajiya Castle
Fukue Castle
Kaneishi Castle

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Hirado Castle The ruins of Ichino-mon and Nino-mon of Main entrance

The ruins of Ichino-mon and Nino-mon of Main entrance



Hirado Castle Second enclosure

Second enclosure



Hirado Castle Kaijyuu turret and The ruins of Anjyu gate

Kaijyuu turret and The ruins of Anjyu gate



Hirado Castle Jizouzaka turret

Jizouzaka turret



Hirado Castle North entrance gate

North entrance gate



Hirado Castle Tanuki turret

Tanuki turret



Hirado Castle Main enclosure gate

Main enclosure gate



Hirado Castle Kensou turret

Kensou turret



Hirado Castle Main tower

Main tower



Hirado Castle South entrance gate

South entrance gate



Hirado Castle Castle town

Castle town




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