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Hagi Castle has no castle buildings remaining, but the moats and stone walls are impressive. Short walk from the Hagi Castle bus stop or Hagi Museum.
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After moving from Hiroshima, Mori Terumoto built Hagi Castle in 1604, and his Mori Clan rules Choshu domain here for about 260 years.
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Mori Terumoto (1553–1625) was on the losing side at the Battle of Sekigahara, so his holdings were severely reduced and he had to move from Hiroshima to less central Choshu wher he built Hagi Castle.
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Terumoto's humiliation angered the Mori Clan and Choshu domain which eventually helped to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate in the 19th century.
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Entering Hagi Castle grounds.
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Hagi-yaki pottery shop.
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Bridge to Hagi Castle. National Historic Site.
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Hagi Castle, including the main tenshu tower, was at the foot of this mountain, Mt. Shizuki. It wasn't on top of the mountain. Flatland type. 指月山
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The stone base for Hagi Castle's main tenshu tower.
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About Hagi Castle.
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Intertwining Pine Tree
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Torii
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Steps to go on Hagi Castle's main tenshu tower foundation.
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Atop Hagi Castle's main tenshu tower foundation.
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There's even a bench on Hagi Castle's main tenshu tower foundation.
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Views from Hagi Castle's main tenshu tower foundation.
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Views from Hagi Castle's main tenshu tower foundation.
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Views from Hagi Castle's main tenshu tower foundation.
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Views from Hagi Castle's main tenshu tower foundation.
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Adjacent to Hagi Castle is this Asa Mori Clan Residence.
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Entrance to Asa Mori Clan Residence.
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About Asa Mori Clan Residence.
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Asa Mori Clan Residence was a longhouse of rooms.
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Scale model of Hagi Castle.
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Samurai armor.
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Gift shop and parking lot at Hagi Castle.
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Hagi Youth Hostel designed like a castle.
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Maaru bus stop at Hagi Castle.
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Tenjuin Mausoleum
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Tenjuin Mausoleum entrance. The graves of Mori Terumoto and his wife. There used to be a temple here, but only the graves remain.
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About Tenjuin Mausoleum.
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Grave of Mori Terumoto.
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The graves of Mori Terumoto and his wife.
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Grave of retainer Motofusa Nagai and his loyal cat.
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About Motofusa Nagai and his loyal cat.
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Vestiges of the castle town remain here with white walls.
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Traditional townscape in Hagi, Yamaguchi.
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Front gate of Mori Clan's detached residence.
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Nice traditional townscape in Hagi, Yamaguchi.
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Mud wall of Toida Masuda residence.
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Mud wall of Toida Masuda residence.
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Even modern homes have white walls.
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This road goes to Hagi Museum.
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