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Hirosaki Castle

Hirosaki Castle
(Mutsu(Mutsu) Province/Aomori Prefecture)

Hirosaki-jo was built in the 16th year of Keicho era (1611) by Nobuhira Tsugaru, the master of Tsugaru Han. The distinctive feature is that the inner citadel (Honmaru) is surrounded by dry stone and the remaining parts are surrounded by earthwork fortification. Tsugaru Han became independent from the Nanbu clan by force and built a bigger castle than its scale to prepare for the Nanbu clan's invasion.
The castle remain today with its castle tower as well as three Sumis and five castle gates and has been appointed as an Important Cultural Property. The original castle tower was lost by the fire and the current tower is the one substituted by the Tatsumi turret of the inner citadel (Honmaru). The vast castle site is now arranged as a park.

(2007/10/12 、2012/8/13 )

Hirosaki Castle
Main gate
Hirosaki Castle Main gate
Minami-uchi gate
Hirosaki Castle Minami-uchi gate
Hitsujisaru turret
Hirosaki Castle Hitsujisaru turret
Tatsumi turret
Hirosaki Castle Tatsumi turret
Gejyou bridge
Hirosaki Castle Gejyou bridge
Main tower
Hirosaki Castle Main tower
Main enclosure
Hirosaki Castle Main enclosure
North enclosure
Hirosaki Castle North enclosure
Ushitora turret
Hirosaki Castle Ushitora turret
Higashi-uchi gate
Hirosaki Castle Higashi-uchi gate
Yoriki guardhouse
Hirosaki Castle Yoriki guardhouse
West enclosure
Hirosaki Castle West enclosure
North gate
Hirosaki Castle North gate
East gate
Hirosaki Castle East gate

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Hirosaki Castle Main gate

Main gate



Hirosaki Castle Minami-uchi gate

Minami-uchi gate



Hirosaki Castle Hitsujisaru turret

Hitsujisaru turret



Hirosaki Castle Tatsumi turret

Tatsumi turret



Hirosaki Castle Gejyou bridge

Gejyou bridge



Hirosaki Castle Main tower

Main tower



Hirosaki Castle Main enclosure

Main enclosure



Hirosaki Castle North enclosure

North enclosure



Hirosaki Castle Ushitora turret

Ushitora turret



Hirosaki Castle Higashi-uchi gate

Higashi-uchi gate



Hirosaki Castle Yoriki guardhouse

Yoriki guardhouse



Hirosaki Castle West enclosure

West enclosure



Hirosaki Castle North gate

North gate



Hirosaki Castle East gate

East gate




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