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Noted for cherry blossoms, Kyuka Park is on the site of Kuwana Castle which was occupied by Honda Tadakatsu.Adjacent to the park is the Kuwana-juku post town on the Tokaido Road that welcomed visitors after they crossed the ocean (Shichiri-no-watashi) from Miya-juku in Aichi. Photo: Kuwana sign at Kuwana Station.
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Statue of Lord Honda Tadakatsu at Kyuka Park, site of his Kuwana Castle.
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Statue of Lord Honda Tadakatsu at Kyuka Park. 本多忠勝
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Map of Kyuka Park on the site of Kuwana Castle.
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The best part of Kyuka Park is in the Ninomaru area.
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Noted for cherry blossoms, Kyuka Park is on the site of Kuwana Castle which was occupied by Honda Tadakatsu.
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Way to Honmaru, the central part of the castle.
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Honmaru of Kuwana Castle. No castle buildings remain. Only moats and turret foundations. A shrine occupies much of the Honmaru area.
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Kyuka Park cherry blossoms in Kuwana, Mie.
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These blossoms were 1 or 2 days before reaching full bloom in early April.
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Many red bridges at Kyuka Park.
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Site of Tatsumi turret.
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Site of Kanbe turret.
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Sakura Matsuri poster
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Lookimg like a castle turret is this water sluice gate management building.
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The second floor is a small exhibition room and small windows.
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Ibi River
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The controversial Nagaragawa Dam. The Nagaragawa River and Ibi River run parallel to each other in this area until they merge as the Ibi River.
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Ibigawa River
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Shichiri-no-watashi at Kuwana, Mie. This is where travelers arrived by boat after crossing the ocean for four hours from Miya-juku near Atsuta Shrine in Aichi. 七里の渡し
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Shichiri-no-watashi at Kuwana, Mie. Adjacent to Kyuka Park is the Kuwana-juku post town on the Tokaido Road. The building on the right is on the site of the Waki-Honjin.
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The 28-km ocean crossing from Miya-juku to Kuwana took about 4 hours. It was often perilous with rough waters.
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Shichiri-no-watashi made Kuwana properous and busy with travelers. This is a Shichiri-no-watashi marker.
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Next to Shichiri-no-watashi was Kuwana-juku's Waki-Honjin.
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Building on the site of Kuwana-juku's Waki-Honjin. It is a ryokan inn.
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Next to the Waki-Honjin was the Honjin whose site is now occupied by this building.
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Site of Kuwana-juku's Honjin.
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Sign explaining Kuwana's Honjin and Waki-Honjin.
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Tokaido Road in Kuwana-juku.
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Kyuka Park moat near Shichiri-no-watashi.
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Hiroshige's woodblock print of Kuwana (43rd post town on the Tokaido) from his "Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road" series. People traveling by boat to Kuwana from Miya.
 
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