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Shirakawa Komine Castle

Shirakawa Komine Castle
(Mutsu(Iwaki) Province/Fukushima Prefecture)

Shirakawa-jo is also called Komine-jo and it is said that the origin of the castle came from Chikatomo Yuki during Koukoku era (1340-1346). It became the residence castle for the Komine clan of the Shirakawa Yuki family after that and turned into a stronghold of the Shirakawa Yuki clan during the Eisho era (1504-1520). The Shirakawa Yuki clan was dismissed from its post by Hideyoshi's administrative restructuring in Oshu region (Oshu Shioki) and the castle was ruled by the Gamo clan and then the Uesugi clan after that.
Nagashige Niwa who was assigned to Shirakawa in the 4th year of Kan'ei era (1627) modified the castle in the form that remains today. The castle played a very important role as a castle located at the boundary between the Kanto and the Oshu regions, but was burnt down when it was attacked by the Meiji govenment forces at the time of the Boshin War.
This is a castle with dry stone, which is rarely seen in the east Japan. Its triple-layered turret and the Mae Gomon (front gate) were restored precisely based on the historical materials respectively in 1991 and 1994.

(2008/9/8 )

Shirakawa Komine Castle
Second enclosure
Shirakawa Komine Castle Second enclosure
Shimizu gate
Shirakawa Komine Castle Shimizu gate
The ruins of Sakura gate
Shirakawa Komine Castle The ruins of Sakura gate
Maegomon gate
Shirakawa Komine Castle Maegomon gate
Sanjyuu turret
Shirakawa Komine Castle Sanjyuu turret

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Shirakawa Komine Castle
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Yanagawa Castle
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Tokiwa Castle
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Shirakawa Castle
Tanagura Castle
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Shirakawa Komine Castle Second enclosure

Second enclosure



Shirakawa Komine Castle Shimizu gate

Shimizu gate



Shirakawa Komine Castle The ruins of Sakura gate

The ruins of Sakura gate



Shirakawa Komine Castle Maegomon gate

Maegomon gate



Shirakawa Komine Castle Sanjyuu turret

Sanjyuu turret




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