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Hamamatsu Castle is next to the city hall, a short bus ride from JR Hamamatsu Station (or a 20-min. walk). The main tower (seen on the left) was reconstructed in 1958. Very easy climb up some steps to the main tower which is a ferroconcrete building housing a museum. The top floor gives a nice panorama of the city. The castle's most famous occupant was Tokugawa Ieyasu in the late 17th century before he moved to Sumpu Castle.
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In 2014, the castle gate (seen on the right) was reconstructed in the traditional style.
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Hamamatsu Castle is within a wooded park.
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About Hamamatsu Castle
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Hamamatsu Castle Park map
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Only a short flight of steps to reach the main castle tower (museum).
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Castle Gate
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Castle Gate was reconstructed in 2014. 天守門
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Hamamatsu Castle
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Hamamatsu Castle
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Stone walls of Hamamatsu Castle are famous for the nozura-zumi style (野面積み) with smaller rocks filling the gaps between bigger, irregular rocks.
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About the the nozura-zumi rock walls. 野面積み
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About the main castle tower's foundation.
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Hamamatsu Castle
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Hamamatsu Castle's main tower within the castle tower bailey. 天守曲輪
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Ii Naotora cutout for photos.
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About the castle tower bailey. 天守曲輪
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Protruding foundation called the Hachiman-dai.
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Protruding foundation called the Hachiman-dai.
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About the Hachiman-dai.
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Castle well
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About the Castle well. One of three wells the castle had.
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Steps to the entrance of the main castle tower.
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Inside Hamamatsu Castle's main tower, a museum with local historical artifacts. A small admission is charged.
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Map showing many places in Hamamatsu having a connection with Ieyasu.
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Ii Naotora's armor. Must be a replica.
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Realistic sculpture of Tokugawa Ieyasu around age 30 in Hamamatsu Castle. Created for Ieyasu's 400th anniversary.
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For a small castle museum, it has a lot of stuff.
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Matchlock gun and battle fan.
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Floor plan of the castle palace.
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List of Hamamatsu Castle lords.
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Swords
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Samurai armor
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Samurai armor
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About Hamamatsu as a post town.
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Scale model of Hamamatsu during the Edo Period.
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Model of Hamamatsu Castle when it was built with snow at the Sapporo Snow Festival.
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Go up the stairs to the top floor for the lookout deck.
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Hamamatsu Castle's top floor has a nice lookout deck, but it is enclosed by a wire mesh. (Hard to take photos.)
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Castle Gate
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City hall
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Picture panels show the landmarks seen from the castle tower.
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Hotel Concord Hamamatsu in the distance.
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View of Hamamatsu Castle from the Hotel Concord.
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Hachiman-dai
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In the basement of the castle tower is this well.
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Castle well inside the main tower.
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Inari Shrine
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Inari Shrine
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Castle Gate reconstructed in 2014.
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About the Castle Gate (Tenshumon).
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Castle Gate stone wall.
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About the Castle Gate's rock wall.
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Under the Castle Gate.
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Castle Gate door.
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Castle Gate ceiling.
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On the left is the Hamamatsu Castle's main castle tower, and the Castle Gate is on the right. You can enter the Castle Gate.
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Castle Gate is still spanking new.
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Inside the Castle Gate.
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Inside the Castle Gate rebuilt in the traditional style with wood.
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Slit to drop rocks on an invading army.
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About the Castle Gate's structure.
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Castle Gate rocks
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Castle Gate's "Mirror Stone."
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About Mirror Stones.
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Castle gate
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Turret site
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Ninomaru in the distance.
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About the Ninomaru bailey.
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Statue of Ieyasu in Hamamatsu Castle Park.
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Statue of Ieyasu in Hamamatsu Castle Park.
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Ieyasu statue.
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Ii Naotora banner, promoting 2017's NHK Taiga Drama about Ii Naotora who grew up in Hamamatsu.
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Police box near the castle.
   
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