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Structure, the history, charm of Akashi Castle

Akashi Castle is a castle (Flatland Mountain Castle) which was in current Akashikouen, Akashi-shi, Hyogo of Japan.

This Akashi, Sanyo Road exist and at the north a road is divided into Tanba country and Tajima country, and there were a route of Awajishima and Shikoku and was known as a strategic place of the traffic than ancient times. The Tokugawa shogunate focused attention as a castle of restraint of the Tozama Daimyo of the West Country.
 In 1618, Tadazane Ogasawara which became Akashi feudal lord from Shinano Matsumoto feudal lord was given an order to start to make a new Castle from Hidetada Tokugawa. Three candidate sites were listed, there was a big pond in this place, it was considered to be useful for the defense of the castle and it was decided on this place. Using a geographical advantage, it was started construction using the wood of the castle of the neighborhood, and, as for the oar, materials of Fushimi Castle and Funage Castle were used. In 1620, Tadazane Ogasawara moved from Funage Castle, and the building-related construction in the Castle was started. At this time the castle was piled up until the Cornerstone, but the Castle Tower itself could not be built. In addition, in those days Musashi Miyamoto who was a guest of Tadazane Ogasawara instructed the town layout of the Castle Town.
 Existing Tatsumi oar and Hitsujisaru oar of the Honmaru trace. Hitsujisaru oar is the largest scale oar in Akasi Castle where a Castle Tower was not built. It is located just south of the Cornerstone, and it seems to have played a role of Castle Tower.
 In 1995, this Castle was subjected to major damage such as the collapse of Stone Wall by The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, and restoration construction was carried out.

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