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Imabari Castle

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Structure, the history, charm of Imabari Castle

Imabari Castle is a castle (Flatland Mountain Castle) which was in current Imabari-shi, Ehime of Shikoku of Japan.

In 1602, Construction of this Castle was started by Takatora TODO. It is large-scale Hira Shiro built in the shore facing the Seto Inland Sea. Structure is the specific structure that drew seawater into a triple moat, in those days, it is in the Castle which can enter from the sea the moat by ship directly, and utilized the sea to the maximum like point Imabari of the traffic on the seas. Therefore it is classified as " Mizu Shiro (Warter Castle)".
 In 1609, Takatora TODO became the change to Ise Country Tsu Castle, and it was replaced, and Takayoshi Todo entered to this Castle. In 1635, Takayoshi moves to Iga country Nabari, and it is replaced, and Sadafusa Matsudaira enters this Castle. This Castle became the castle of Imabari Feudal Clan Matsudaira until the Meiji Restoration afterward. The very large Castle was kept for 260 years, but, after the Meiji Restoration, it was done an Abandoned Castle in 1869, and most buildings were destroyed.
 Now, Stone Wall and Uchibori almost leave a figure of the Edo era . Because the document lacks the Castle Tower of the Imabari Castle, it is not determined whether it was constructed in construction of a castle those days. This is because the remains of an ancient structure of the Castle Tower are not confirmed in a site. Because the rebuilt Castle Tower has few documents which are clear about the existence of the original building, it is "the Simulation Castle Tower" which is not based on a historical fact.

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