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Shimabara Castle

Shimabara Castle
(Hizen Province/Nagasaki Prefecture)

Originally, the Shimabara land belonged to the Arima clan of Hinoe Han, but after the Arima clan was shifted to Hyuga Nobeoka, Shigemasa Matsukura ruled in their stead with 40,000 Goku land value. Shimabara-jo was built during this time, starting from the 4th year of Genna era (1616) and ended 4 to 7 years later. Shigemasa abandoned the Hinoe-jo and moved to Shimabara-jo when it was finished.
Shimabara-jo was very big as the residence for 40,000 Goku daimyo, and although the building fees were covered by the profits from trading, the land tax and work stress were also said to be very large. Shigemasa's son, Katsuie, as well as the Amakusa ruler, Terasawa clan, imposed large taxes and oppressed Christian members, leading to the Shimabara rebellion. At this time, Shimabara-jo was surrounded by the riot army, but because of its heavy defense, the castle didn't fall and the riot army had to escape into Hara-jo instead.
The castle was abandoned during the Meiji Restoration, and although the buildings were destroyed, the castle tower was restored in the 39th year of Showa era (1964), slowly recovering its past image.

(2008/10/19 )

Shimabara Castle
Tasumi turret (Main enclosure)
Shimabara Castle Tasumi turret (Main enclosure)
Ushitora turret (Main enclosure)
Shimabara Castle Ushitora turret (Main enclosure)
Second enclosure
Shimabara Castle Second enclosure
Main enclosure
Shimabara Castle Main enclosure
Main tower
Shimabara Castle Main tower
West turret (Main enclosure)
Shimabara Castle West turret (Main enclosure)
South of main enclosure
Shimabara Castle South of main enclosure
Castle town
Shimabara 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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Shimabara Castle Tasumi turret (Main enclosure)

Tasumi turret (Main enclosure)



Shimabara Castle Ushitora turret (Main enclosure)

Ushitora turret (Main enclosure)



Shimabara Castle Second enclosure

Second enclosure



Shimabara Castle Main enclosure

Main enclosure



Shimabara Castle Main tower

Main tower



Shimabara Castle West turret (Main enclosure)

West turret (Main enclosure)



Shimabara Castle South of main enclosure

South of main enclosure



Shimabara Castle Castle town

Castle town




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