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|Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan|
Tatsumi Yagura(r) and Hitsujisaru Yagura(l)
|Condition||Ruins, save two yagura and a connecting wall|
|Built||1617 to 1619|
|Built by||Ogasawara Tadazane|
|In use||1619 to 1874|
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. It is known Miyamoto Musashi helped too as he was invited by Ogasawara Tadanao as a "Construction Supervisor". The castle was built in one year, which was a relatively short amount of time. This was done so quickly because as a result of a 1615 law mandating one castle per clan, many castles were dismantled and parts of some were used to construct Akashi Castle.
The castle was built in Akashi, which was an important strategic point between Osaka and western Japan, where many major tozama daimyo had their feudal estates. Akashi Castle was expected to play the role of a key staging point to stop a hypothetical invasion of Osaka.
Akashi castle underwent major repairs in 1739, and was demolished by the Meiji Government in 1874.
In Akashi Castle, there are two Important Cultural Properties selected by Japanese government:
- Hitsujisaru Yagura
- Tatsumi Yagura
These two yagura, or towers, are the castle's only remaining buildings.
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