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Akashi Castle, Akashi, Japan

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Akashi Castle, Akashi, Japan明石城

Akashi Castle (明石城 Akashijō?) is a Japanese castle in Akashi, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.
This castle was constructed by Ogasawara Tadazane as his own castle from 1617 to 1619 to watch over the western lords, by the order of Tokugawa Hidetada, on Mount Akamatsu. The castle was built in one year, which was a relatively short amount of time. This was done so quickly because a law had been issued in 1615, declaring that there would only be one castle per clan. As a result, many castles had to be dismantled and parts of some were used to construct Akashi Castle.
Akashi castle located in Akashi, which is a very important strategic place between Osaka and western Japan, where many major tozama daimyo had their feudal estates. Akashi Castle was expected to play the role of a keystone to stop their invasions to Osaka.
Akashi castle underwent major repairs in 1739, and was abolished by the Meiji Government in 1874. These two yagura, or towers, are the castle's only remaining buildings.

Cultural Property

Hitsujisaru yagura
In Akashi Castle, there are two important cultural properties selected by Japanese government:
Hitsujisaru Yagura
Tatsumi Yagura


Sanyo Akashi Station of Sanyo Electric Railway
Akashi Station of JR Kobe Line


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28 Oct '08 - Akashi

Akashi, Japan