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Hagi Castle

Hagi Castle
(Nagato Province/Yamaguchi Prefecture)

Hagi-jo was built by the Mohri clan as their new residence castle as they lost in the Battle of Sekigahara and their previous residence castle, Hiroshima-jo, was confiscated. The construction started in the 9th year of Keicho era (1604) and finished in the 13th year of Keicho (1608).
The castle consists of a castle on the flat groung of the delta lcoated at the mouth of Abu river and a mountain castle on the Mt.Shizuki with the altitude of 143m which looks like it sticks out towards the sea. The former one had Sannomaru, Ninomaru and Honmaru and the latter one had five layer castle tower as well as Ninomaru and Honmaru.
In the final years of the Edo period, the han's administration office was moved to Yamaguchi, which was more convenient for access from Hagi. Architectures of Hagi-jo no longer exist, but it is now arranged as a park and the dry stone remains today.
The significant feaure of Hagi is that the atmosphere of the castle town those days remains today and valuable architectures still exist.

(2008/4/26 )

Hagi Castle
The ruins of South gate
Hagi Castle The ruins of South gate
The ruins of East gate
Hagi Castle The ruins of East gate
The ruins of main gate
Hagi Castle The ruins of main gate
Base of the main tower
Hagi Castle Base of the main tower
Main enclosure
Hagi Castle Main enclosure
The ruins of Toushun temple
Hagi Castle The ruins of Toushun temple
The ruins of Shioiri gate
Hagi Castle The ruins of Shioiri gate
The ruins of North turret
Hagi Castle The ruins of North turret
Tsumemaru enclosure (Second enclosure)
Hagi Castle Tsumemaru enclosure (Second enclosure)
Tsumemaru enclosure (Main enclosure)
Hagi Castle Tsumemaru enclosure (Main enclosure)
Castle town (Chief vassal's residence etc.)
Hagi Castle Castle town (Chief vassal's residence etc.)
Castle town (North gate)
Hagi Castle Castle town (North gate)
Castle town (Ofunagura)
Hagi Castle Castle town (Ofunagura)
Castle town (Main gate of Jounen temple)
Hagi Castle Castle town (Main gate of Jounen temple)

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Hagi Castle The ruins of South gate

The ruins of South gate



Hagi Castle The ruins of East gate

The ruins of East gate



Hagi Castle The ruins of main gate

The ruins of main gate



Hagi Castle Base of the main tower

Base of the main tower



Hagi Castle Main enclosure

Main enclosure



Hagi Castle The ruins of Toushun temple

The ruins of Toushun temple



Hagi Castle The ruins of Shioiri gate

The ruins of Shioiri gate



Hagi Castle The ruins of North turret

The ruins of North turret



Hagi Castle Tsumemaru enclosure (Second enclosure)

Tsumemaru enclosure (Second enclosure)



Hagi Castle Tsumemaru enclosure (Main enclosure)

Tsumemaru enclosure (Main enclosure)



Hagi Castle Castle town (Chief vassal's residence etc.)

Castle town (Chief vassal's residence etc.)



Hagi Castle Castle town (North gate)

Castle town (North gate)



Hagi Castle Castle town (Ofunagura)

Castle town (Ofunagura)



Hagi Castle Castle town (Main gate of Jounen temple)

Castle town (Main gate of Jounen temple)




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