Matsumae Castle : A Study of Japanese Bibliography

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"Kojō ezu(picture in Edo Period)" from National Diet Library

A picture of the castle and castle town that the Edo Shogunate ordered the daimyo to create and submit,aggregating military information such as the buildings inside the castle, the height of the stone wall, the width of the moat and the water depth, etc., it also details the location and shape of the castle town and the mountain river.

Profile : Matsumae Castle

LocationMatsumae Cho, Hokkaido
Also known asFukuyama Castle
(originally called Fukuyama Castle, but popular named as Matsumae Castle to prevent confusion with a Bingo-Fukuyama Castle in Hiroshima Prefecture)
Type of castleflatland
Mountain's name
Conditionreconstructed main keep
DesignationNational Important Historical Properties(Main gate)
National Spescial Historic Sites
Year built1855
Castle lordMatsumae Yoshihiro
Refurbishment lordMatsumae Takahiro
”Boshin War at Matsumae Castle in 1868" from National Diet Library
Portrait of Matsumae Takahiro from Wikipedia
Family Crest from "Bukan Complete Works" (produced by CODH)
adapted from "Classical Japanese National Data Set" (Kokubunken Collection)

The family crest was originally created from the pattern that the emperor and the royal family put on the kimono, and the pattern was made into a fixed pattern, and the one attached to his own oxcart is said to be the beginning of the family crest. The warlords drew large crests on the flag-fingers, used to distinguish enemy views on the battlefield, and used by the generals to determine which warlords were active and how much.

Matsumae Castle admission

admission fee : 500yen(above high school students) 360yen(above Elementary school students)
admission time :
(mid April -mid December) : am9-pm5
closing period : during winter (mid December - mid April ) reference official site (japanese)

Matsumae Castle Google Map

Matsumae Castle Images

The last castle of the Japanese style,built because of the need to strengthen security along the southern part of Russia.  
Western military style was also introduced, with seven Yaguras and a total of 37 cannons.
Because of Strengthening sea defenses, such as installing iron plates on the castle walls. As a result, in the battle for the Boshin War, Hijikata Toshizo attacked from behind, which was too short, and fell in just one day. Ishigaki still retains bullet holes from the War.
Main keep was burned loss in 1949, reconstructed in 1961. Honmaru Imperial Gate and a part of Honmaru Imperial Palace remain as at the time.
Matsumae Park has about 8,000 cherry blossoms of about 250 varieties, and over 200,000 cherry blossom visitors enjoy the Matsumae Sakura Festival every spring.


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