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Shirakawakomine Castle (immediately after the Boshin War)

Profile : Shirakawakomine Castle

LocationShirakawa City, Fukushima Prefecture
Also known asKomine Castle
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's name
ConditionReconstructed Main keep 
DesignationNational historic Sites
Year built1340
Castle lordYūki Chikatomo
Refurbishment lordNiwa Nagashige
Portrait of Niwa Nagashige from Wikipedia
known as a master of castle construction
Family Crest of Niwa Clan from "Bukan Complete Works" (produced by CODH) Adapted from "Classical Japanese National Data Set" (Kokubunken Collection) official site

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.

Shirakawakomine Castle admission

admission fee : free
admission time :
(April 1- September 30) : am9:30-pm5
(November 1-March 31) : am9:30-pm4
closing period : during winter (December 29- January 3) reference official site

Shirakawakomine Castle Google Map

Shirakawakomine Castle Images

Nagashige received the order of the Tokugawa Shogunate from 1629 After renovation, completed the modern castle with Ninomaru and Sannomaru. It is said to be this order to built the castle in Ōshu has implications of checking strong Daimyō, as Mr. Uesugi and Mr. Date around in very important military location. It is a rare stone wall castle in the Tōhoku region, and is one of the three famous castles in Tōhoku along with Morioka Castle and Aizuwakamatsu Castle.
Restored wooden triple towers,double turrets and front gate(main entrance),based on pictures from the Edo period.   
Heavy damaged by the East Japan Earthquake in 2011, was restored in 2015.
The moat and walls around this castle are very well preserved and worth a visit definitely.
Shirakawakomine Castle History Museum
(official site)

Link : Three Great Castle in Tōhoku district

【Fukushima prefecture】Aizuwakamatsu Castle   【Iwate Prefecture】Morioka Castle  【Fukushima prefecture】Shirakawakomine Castle


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