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Tatebayashi was a castle town, but almost nothing remains of the castle. This Dobashi Gate was rebuilt in 1983.
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Tatebayashi Castle's Dobashi Gate is in the former Sannomaru keep of the castle. 土橋門
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Tatebayashi Castle's Dobashi Gate. 土橋門
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Tatebayashi Castle's Dobashi Gate was at the Sannomaru keep. 土橋門
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Short castle wall at Tatebayashi Castle's Dobashi Gate. 土橋門
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Door in Tatebayashi Castle's Dobashi Gate. 土橋門
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Other side of Tatebayashi Castle's Dobashi Gate. 土橋門
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Tatebayashi Castle's Honmaru is marked by this Hachiman Shrine on a mound. Gunma.
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About Tatebayashi Castle's Honmaru.
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Hachiman Shrine on Tatebayashi Castle's Honmaru, Gunma.
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Hachiman Shrine on Tatebayashi Castle's Honmaru. The shrine has a protective housing. Hachiman was the patron god of Tatebayashi Castle, Gunma.
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Most of the former castle grounds are now occupied by the Tatebayashi City Hall and other public facilities.
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Hachiman Shrine on Tatebayashi Castle's Honmaru.
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Hachiman Shrine on Tatebayashi Castle's Honmaru. Gunma.
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Chiaki Mukai Children's Science Museum has a planetarium and space-related exhibits. Closed Mon.
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Tatebayashi's most famous citizen is Mukai Chiaki, Japan's first woman astronaut. She flew on the Space Shuttle in 1994 and 1998.
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Statue in front of Chiaki Mukai Children's Science Museum, Tatebayashi, Gunma. The boy holds a space shuttle.
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Tayama Katai Memorial Museum of Literature. Tayama (田山 花袋 1872–1930) was a novelist from Tatebayashi. Closed Mon.
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Across the street are historic buildings. Free admission.
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Former Jomo Muslin Company Office built in 1910. The company was a textile maker. Later went bankrupt. The building was donated to the city. Closed Mon.
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Entrance to former Jomo Muslin Company Office Closed Mon.
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About former Jomo Muslin Company Office.
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Remains of former Jomo Muslin Office's telegram office.
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About former Jomo Muslin Office's telegram office.
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Former Jomo Muslin Office is one of Tatebayashi's 100 Famous Spots.
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Stones from Tatebayashi Castle.
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About the stones from Tatebayashi Castle.
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Old road marker.
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This area was part of Tatebayashi Castle.
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Boyhood home of novelist Tayama Katai (田山 花袋 1872-1930). Lived in this house from age 6-14. Free admission. Closed Mon.
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Boyhood home of novelist Tayama Katai, former samurai house.
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Bust of novelist Tayama Katai.
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Nearby is Obiki Inari Shrine. 尾曳稲荷神社
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Obiki Inari Shrine. 尾曳稲荷神社
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Obiki Inari Shrine is one of Tatebayashi's 100 Famous Spots.
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Behind the shrine is this Benzaiten Shrine in a little pond.
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About Benzaiten Shrine
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Cherry trees along Lake Jonuma shore.
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Iris garden.
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Former Akimoto Villa built for the Akimoto clan who ruled Tatebayashi. 旧秋元別邸
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Inside Former Akimoto Villa. 旧秋元別邸
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Netfishing sculpture.
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Festivals in Tatebayashi.
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Tataranuma Park is a prefectural park with cherry blossoms, wisteria, and a marshy lake with enough reed fields to attract swans migrating from Siberia every winter.
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Tataranuma is the only place in Gunma where migrating swans come to winter. An abundance of reeds makes it ideal for wildlife.
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A shrine on a small island called Ukishima is dedicated to Benzaiten. The pleasant lakeside park also has lots of cherry blossoms and picnic space.
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Ukishima island in Tataranuma Park.
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Path to Ukishima island. Fishing for carp and bass is allowed here for a fee.
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Swan in Tatatranuma park, Tatebayashi.
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Torii in front of Ukishima Benzaiten Shrine.
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Wisteria tree behind the torii and in front of the shrine.
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Ukishima Benzaiten Shrine in Tataranuma Park, Tatebayashi, Gunma. Part of the spirit of Benzaiten at Enoshima island in Kanagawa was transferred here. 浮島弁財天
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Another little monument for Benzaiten.
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Benzaiten is a goddess worshiped for household safety, business prosperity, and transportation safety.
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Wisteria tree in front of the shrine.
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Ukishima island
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Tataranuma Park also has a long wisteria trellis about 130 meters long.
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Tataranuma Park's wisteria trellis about 130 meters long.
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Site of a former castle called Uzura Kojo which closed in 1590. 鶉古城
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About the old castle site.
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Spring with rock wall.
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The park has a lot of greenery.
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Near Tataranuma Park is Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi. Closed Mondays.
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