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Very little remains of Otowa castle originally built by Lord Gamou Sadahide. Two battles took place here in 1496 and 1503. Road to Otowa Castle on the hill seen on the left.
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The castle is somewhat out of the way. It's a 15-min. walk from the nearest bus stop.
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The castle met its demise in 1522 less than 60 years after it was built, after a war within the Gamou Clan. It now serves as a large hilltop park with good views of the surroundings. Otowa Castle marker
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Suzuka Quasi-National Park markerThe area is within this park.
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Entrance to castle grounds, now a picnic and playground.
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Castle monument
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Hilltop left
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Otowa Castle's hilltop center, now a playground.In Hino, Shiga Pref.
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Hilltop right
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Trench or moat
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Well used by the castle
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Nice view of adjacent reservoir 日渓溜
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Flowers in bloom in early May
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Adjacent reservoir
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Hinokawa River 日野川
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Rice paddies near the castle
   
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