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Sendai Castle

Sendai Castle
(Mutsu(Rikuzen) Province/Miyagi Prefecture)

Sendai-jo is built on Aoba mound and protected by a river and a glen. Buit by Masamune Date, the master of Sendai Han who allied with the eastern forces in the Battle of Sekigahara and received an approval of building a castle from Ieyasu after the war. The construction started in the 5th year of Keicho era (1600) and finished in the 7th year of the same era (1602). Masamune moved to this castle from Iwadeyama-jo.
It is said the castle had only the core region (Honmaru) when it was built. A tatami room was built on top of the scaffold like the one of the Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto over the cliff where the inner citadel (Honmaru) is located. The castle site was expanded later with the Ninomaru and the Sannomaru built additionally and formed the current scale.
All the architectures were totally lost by the earthquake druing the Edo period, the Meiji Restoration and the air raid during the Pacific War. However, the solidity of the castle those days can be estimated with the dry stones which remain all over the site.

(2008/7/21 、2010/8/29 )

Sendai Castle
Third enclosure
Sendai Castle Third enclosure
Ote-mon-waki turret
Sendai Castle Ote-mon-waki turret
Load to the castle
Sendai Castle Load to the castle
Stone wall of main enclosure
Sendai Castle Stone wall of main enclosure
Main enclosure
Sendai Castle Main enclosure
Zuihouden
Sendai Castle Zuihouden
Relocated gate (Official residence)
Sendai Castle Relocated gate (Official residence)
Relocated gate (Koushou temple)
Sendai Castle Relocated gate (Koushou temple)

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Sendai Castle Third enclosure

Third enclosure



Sendai Castle Ote-mon-waki turret

Ote-mon-waki turret



Sendai Castle Load to the castle

Load to the castle



Sendai Castle Stone wall of main enclosure

Stone wall of main enclosure



Sendai Castle Main enclosure

Main enclosure



Sendai Castle Zuihouden

Zuihouden



Sendai Castle Relocated gate (Official residence)

Relocated gate (Official residence)



Sendai Castle Relocated gate (Koushou temple)

Relocated gate (Koushou temple)




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