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Samurai armor with matchlock gun bullet holes.1308 viewsCreated by an experiment with matchlock gun fired at the body armor at over 50 meters aways, piercing both the front and back body armor.
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Weapons used in battle906 views
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Mt. Momokubari is where Tokugawa Ieyasu first set up his base camp for the Battle of Sekigahara. It is next to busy Route 21. A short distance east of Sekigahara Station. The former Sekigahara battlefield has numerous monuments.750 viewsSekigahara saw one of Japan's most pivotal battles on Oct. 21, 1600 (Sept. 15 of Keicho 5) between Tokugawa Ieyasu's Eastern Forces and Toyotomi Hideyoshi loyalist Ishida Mitsunari's Western Forces. Ieyasu's victory in the Battle of Sekigahara sealed Japan's historical fate for the next 250 years. The former battlefield is dotted with monuments indicating the positions of various warlords during the battle.
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Unique helmets worn by warlords on the battlefield.708 views
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Explanatory map of the Battle of Sekigahara653 views
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Dinner at Isaburo: River fish and mountain vegetables. After dinner, the proprietress and her husband and daughter sang and danced for us. 609 viewsThey demonstrated different traditional musical instruments and had us try playing them. It was great. However, I was told that they don't do that anymore.
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Map of battlefield for Western Forces. Also see Ishida Mitsunari Birthplace in Nagahama, Shiga.595 views
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Shirakawa-go 白川郷571 views
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On Oct. 18-19, 2008, the town of Sekigahara held a special festival to commemorate the Battle of Sekigahara. The last time they did this was in 2000 for the 400th anniversary of the battle. The main venue was near the town hall.510 views
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The Nagaragawa River ukai cormorant fishing is held nightly from May 11 to Oct. 15 except during the Full Moon and if the river overflows. You can buy tickets and board the viewing boats here, next to Nagarabashi Bridge. 鵜飼観覧船のりば507 views
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Statue of Lord Takenaka Hanbei 竹中半兵衛重治486 views
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Illustration of Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp where he inspected the heads of his defeated enemies.473 views
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Bird's eye view of Shirakawa-go from Ogimachi Castle ruins.441 views
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Map on lookout deck.440 views
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Warlord banners, left to right: Kuroda, Fukushima, Honda, and Tokugawa.425 views
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Explanatory map of the Battle of Sekigahara420 views
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Panoramic view of where the Battle of Sekigahara started. Most battle monuments are within walking distance from the train station, but they are numerous and spread over a wide area.417 viewsThe battle started at the foot of the hill on the left of the road. The small hill on the right was where Shimazu Yoshihiro was stationed. Mt. Ibuki is in the background in the middle.
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Banners mark the site where the battle started.411 views
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View of the Sekigahara battlefield from Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp.399 views
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Path to Gifu Castle tower394 views
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Breakfast at Otaya383 views
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2nd floor373 views
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The battle started at the foot of the hill on the left of the road. The small hill on the right was where Shimazu Yoshihiro was stationed. Mt. Ibuki is in the background in the middle.367 views
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Defensive barriers on Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡359 views
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Mountain vegetables 山菜346 views
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Shirakawa-go 白川郷345 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu inspecting the head of his enemies at his base camp340 views
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Ieyasu and his troops were here from about 6 am to 10 am on the day of the Sekigahara battle. He later moved closer to the front line as the battle was going his way. This is a National Historic Place. 桃配山 徳川家康最初陣跡339 views
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Dinner338 views
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Grilled Iwana river fish336 views
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Illustration of Mt. Matsuo where Lord Kobayakawa Hideaki was based.329 views
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Yoro Station on the Yoro Railway Line which starts at Ogaki in Gifu and ends in Kuwana in Mie.324 views
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Ishida Mitsunari, age 41 at the time of the battle322 views
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Banners and a monument mark the spot on Mt. Momokubari where Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp was established during the Battle of Sekigahara on Sept. 15, 1600.322 views
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Breakfast at Isaburo minshuku321 views
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Gifu Castle on Mt. Kinkazan as seen from the Nagara River. In the foreground is Nagaragawa Onsen Spa. Commanding a strategic viewpoint of the entire city, Mt. Kinkazan must have looked like an obvious place to build a castle.318 views
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Yamauchi Kazutoyo307 views
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Ishida Mitsunari's banner with his family crest.304 views
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Profiles of neutral armies304 views
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At the top, see the two large rocks which served as a table and bench for Ieyasu. 家康の腰掛岩と机石304 views
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Banner with Ukita Hideie's crest.301 views
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Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp, as seen from the final battlefield. 笹尾山297 views
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Profiles of Western Forces286 views
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Path to the Kaisenchi or site where the battle started, at the foot of the hill straight ahead. 開戦地286 views
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Foot of Mt. Sasaoyama, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡279 views
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Steps going up to Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara on Oct. 21, 1600 (Sept. 15 of Keicho 5). Today it's just a small hill. The highway seemed to have cut through most of it.279 views
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Foot of Mt. Sasao, Ishida Mitsunari's base camp. 笹尾山 石田三成陣跡276 views
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Warlord banners275 views
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Fried Iwana, eat the head and all.274 views
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Monument marking the site where the Sekigahara battle started. 開戦地270 views
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Cannon269 views
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Tofu265 views
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Steps going up to Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.261 views
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View of Gifu city and Nagara River. Also see the video at YouTube.260 views
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Sekigahara Warland258 views
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Close-up of Ogimachi254 views
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Monument marking the site where the Sekigahara battle started at 8 am on Sept. 15, 1600 (Oct. 21 Western calendar) with Ii Naomasa firing upon Ukita Hideie.252 views
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From Ogaki Station, a straight shopping road (Eki-dori) goes through the center of the city. A marker shows where you turn to visit Ogaki Castle.249 views
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Sekigahara Battlefield, now occupied mainly by rice paddies, a school, and homes. 関ヶ原古戦場244 views
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Site where the battle started and Mt. Matsuo in the background.240 views
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Only four of the 12 floats have karakuri puppets which perform. Takayama Matsuri, Gifu234 views
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The bottom ends of these beams are pegged into a point (komajiri) resting on another cross beam. Wada House, Shirakawa-go229 views
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Statue in Ukai Hiroba. Also see my YouTube ukai video here.229 views
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Monuments marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara. The banners have the Tokugawa family crest.227 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu at his base camp226 views
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Wada House, Shirakawa-go225 views
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Monument for the final battle, about 1 km in front of Mt. Sasaoyama, where the fighting was the fiercest. 決戦地224 viewsThe left banner has the Ishida Mitsunari's crest and the right banner has the Tokugawa crest.
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Gifu Castle Museum220 views
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Conch shell for battle.220 views
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Gifu Castle Museum219 viewsIt is located on the site of a storehouse.
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Path to Konishi Yukinaga's station, near where the battle started.217 views
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Statue of Lord Toda Ujikane who was the Ogaki Castle lord in 1635.217 views
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡216 views
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Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館214 views
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Battlefield as seen from the final battle site. Thousands died here. The battlefield is a small plain surrounded by hills and mountains.212 views
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Inside Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館210 views
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Barriers and steps looking down the slope.209 views
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Area around Konishi Yukinaga's position.209 views
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Gifu Castle on Mt. Kinkazan as seen from the Tokaido Line train. The castle can still be seen from many kilometers away. It is one of the symbols of Gifu city.208 views
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Lookout deck with a bird's eye view of the battlefield.208 views
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Well where the decapitated heads of Western Force leaders were washed.206 views
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Water tower painted in Sekigahara motif.205 views
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Isaburo minshuku 民宿 伊三郎202 views
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Kobayakawa Hideaki on Mt. Matsuo who turned against Ishida Mitsunari and helped Ieyasu win the battle.201 views
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Ryuujintai Karakuri, Takayama Festival, Gifu 龍神台からくり201 views
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Floats are displayed on the street. Takayama Matsuri, Gifu201 views
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Lookout deck on Mt. Sasao. 笹尾山200 views
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Ogaki has a city-operated bicycle racetrack called the Ogaki Keirinjo or Ogaki Cycling Stadium. This is the entrance. Admission is 100 yen. 大垣競輪場200 views
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Side view of Wada-ke House199 views
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Myozenji Temple, Shirakawa-go196 views
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Gifu Castle tower195 viewsGifu Castle was originally called Inabayama Castle. Its known history starts from the 16th century with Lord Saito Dosan. Oda Nodunaga later took over the castle in 1567. He also renamed Inaba city as "Gifu."

Nobunaga left Gifu Castle and moved to Azuchi Castle in Shiga Pref. His sons took over Gifu Castle. Right before the Battle of Sekigahara, Tokygawa Ieyasu's forces attacked Gifu Castle which burned to the ground on Aug. 23, 1600.

The current castle tower was reconstructed in 1954.
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡194 views
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Gifu Castle on Mt. Kinkazan and ropeway192 viewsA convenient ropeway makes it a snap to visit the castle.
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Castle tower192 views
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Behind the monuments is a trail probably used by Ieyasu's troops on Mt. Momokubari-yama.192 views
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Inside Otaya191 views
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Sekigahara Battlefield and Mt. Matsuo 関ヶ原古戦場190 views
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Monument marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.190 views
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Sunomata Castle and gourd sculpture. The gourd (hyotan) was Toyotomi Hideyoshi's trademark as well as a symbol of this area.185 views
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Tenka Daiichi-no-mon Gate184 viewsThe first gate toward the castle tower.
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Sign explaining that the two rocks below were said to be used as a bench and table for Ieyasu.184 views
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Otaya minshuku 民宿 太田屋183 views
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Plastic samurai armor183 views
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There is also a small park called the Ukai Hiroba 鵜飼ひろば。181 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.179 views
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The bird then spits out the fish. The person on the right is the fishing master's son being groomed to take over his father's job. The fishing master has been doing this for 50 years. It is a hereditary position and occupation. 鮎178 views
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Top floor of castle tower177 views
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Ropeway station177 views
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Sekigahara Town History and Folklore Museum 関ヶ原町歴史民俗資料館177 viewsNear Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp.
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East Burial Site, where the decapitated heads of the Western force leaders were buried. 東首塚177 views
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Myozenji temple bell with thatched roof176 views
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Monument marking Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position. 井伊直政・松平忠吉 陣跡176 views
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The Takayama Festival is held twice a year, during April 14-15 and Oct. 9-10. The spring festival is held by Hieda Shrine and it is called Sanno Matsuri. 176 viewsThe festival features twelve ornate "yatai" floats which are displayed and pulled along the streets. In a large plaza, katakuri puppets perform on a few of the floats. The festival is also dramatic at night with a float procession. The Takayama Festival procession in spring starts at Hieda Shrine. Photo shows a banner reading "Hieda Jinja." 祭行列
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Inside Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp174 views
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I caught one. Pure mochi (no adzuki bean paste inside). It was a very impressive and enjoyable festival.172 views
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Inside the castle tower171 viewsIt is a museum inside the tower.
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone marker. 笹尾山171 views
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Site where the battle started as seen from Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.171 views
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From this park, you can also watch the nightly ukai fishing on the river.171 views
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Steps up to the top of Mt. Sasaoyama.170 views
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Gifu Castle ropeway boarding area169 views
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Low-angle view of castle tower168 views
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Castle tower observation deck168 viewsMarvelous views of Gifu city can be had.
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Monument for Konishi Yukinaga's station. 小西 行長陣跡168 views
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West Burial Site for the corposes of West Forces leaders. Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚168 views
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Banners mark the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.168 views
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A woman samurai167 views
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Former horseback riding grounds166 views
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Inside Gifu Castle Museum166 views
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East Burial Site, where the decapitated heads of the Western force leaders were buried. 東首塚166 views
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The burning torch provides light and attracts the sweetfish. The cormorants dive into the water to catch the fish. The bird then is pulled to the boat to spit out the fish. The ukai cormorant fishing master holds the leash to 10 to 12 birds.166 views
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Banners with Kyogoku Takatomo's crest.165 views
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Near Ogaki Station is a small plaza with signs telling you that Haiku poet Matsuo Basho came here and that Ogaki was his last stop on his Oku no Hosomichi journey.165 views
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The floats cross Nakahashi Bridge.163 views
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Mihoro Dam, made only of rocks and clay. 131 meters high, 405 meters long.161 views
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument marking Ishida Mitsunari's base camp.158 views
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚158 views
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Another smaller monument marking Tokugawa Ieyasu's first base camp during the Battle of Sekigahara.158 views
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Monument for the final battle. By 1 pm, Ishida's Western Forces fell apart, and Ishida fled the scene at 2 pm. 決戦地157 views
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Art park to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the battle in the year 2000. Near the Shimazu position.156 views
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Path to the castle tower155 viewsGo up the left steps to proceed to the tower.
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The thatched roof is replaced every 30 years. Every spring, 6 or 7 thatched roofs are replaced in Shirakawa-go.155 views
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Memorial shrine155 views
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Implements to raise silkworms.154 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp at Jinbano 陣場野 徳川家康最後陣跡153 views
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Road to Sunomata Ichiya Castle. "Ichiya" means "one night," referring to how long it took to build the castle according to legend. Phone: 0584-62-3322, Address: 岐阜県大垣市墨俣町墨俣1742-1153 views
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Top of Mt. Sasaoyama152 views
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Ogaki's biggest festival held on the weekend on or before May 15 has 13 ornate floats called "yama." They are paraded along the streets in central Ogaki. The road leading to Hachiman Shrine is lined with food stalls.152 viewsThere are different types of floats. Mostly karakuri doll floats, but also two floats with a stage for traditional Japanese dances by young kids. The floats were inspired by karakuri floats in Aichi Prefecture and kabuki floats in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture.
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Myozenji is a Buddhist temple of the Jodo Shinshu sect, the most common sect in Shirakawa-go.151 views
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Entrance to Isaburo150 views
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Sunomata Castle.150 views
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Site of Ogaki-juku's Waki-Honjin149 views
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Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument marking Ishida Mitsunari's base camp.146 views
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Shimazu Yoshihiro146 views
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Yoro manhole cover, Gifu.146 views
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Natural spring in Ogaki146 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu at the Battle of Sekigahara Festival, 2008145 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp at Jinbano 陣場野 徳川家康最後陣跡144 views
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On Nakahashi Bridge.144 views
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Remains of the Ninomaru-mon Gate143 views
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Castle clock143 views
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Matchlock guns143 views
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Explaining the parts of samurai armor.143 views
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Myozenji is the only temple in the gassho-zukuri style with a thatched roof. The Hondo worshp hall is the largest building in Shirakawa-go.142 views
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Due to a lack of thatch, only half of one side of Otaya's roof is newly thatched.142 views
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Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.142 views
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Although there is cormorant fishing in other parts of Japan, Gifu's Nagara River ukai cormorant fishing is most famous because it is connected to the Imperial family. Statue of a ukai cormorant fishing master called an "usho." 鵜匠の像142 views
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The famous Yoro Falls in Gifu.142 views
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Another observation deck141 views
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp141 views
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West Burial Site, Nishi Kubizuka 西首塚141 views
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Monument for Shimazu Yoshihiro from Satsuma (Kagoshima). Ishida asked for his assistance at 10 am, but was refused.141 views
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Castle tower base140 views
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People enjoy the river and flowers in Yoro.140 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu retainer at the Battle of Sekigahara Festival, 2008139 views
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Hill where Shimazu was.138 views
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Photo gallery137 views
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Foundation and pillars rest on stones. The beam is shaped to fit the stone.137 views
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After spitting out its catch, the bird goes back into the water. The title of usho 鵜匠 (cormorant fishing master) was created by Oda Nobunaga. Only the Nagara River ukai fishing masters have this title. Other cormorant fishermen are u-zukai 鵜使い.136 views
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Rethatching a small storehouse.135 views
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Site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position now within the grounds of junior high school. 藤堂高虎・京極高知陣跡134 views
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The finale was the throwing of mochi.134 views
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Two foundation beams interlock.133 views
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Entrance to Sekigahara Warland133 views
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Yoro-no-taki Falls is 32 meters high and 4 meters wide. Swimming under the falls is not allowed. This is the closest you can get.133 views
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Tarui manhole depicting koinobori carp streamers and cherry blossoms. Gifu Pref.133 views
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JR Tarui Station on the JR Tokaido Line, south side 垂井駅132 views
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It costs several million yen and a small army of workers to replace the thatch. The cost is subsidized by the town, prefecture, and national government.131 views
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Manhole in Shirakawa-go.131 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp at Jinbano. At 10 am, he moved here from Mt. Momokubari to be closer to the front line. 陣場野 徳川家康最後陣跡130 views
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Yoro town's most famous attraction is Yoro Park and Yoro (Yoro-no-taki) Falls, especially during cherry blossom season in early April130 views
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Restaurant128 views
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Gassho-zukuri Minka-en outdoor museum128 views
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Top of Mt. Sasaoyama and stone monument128 views
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Marker for Tokugawa Ieyasu's Final Base Camp128 views
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Evidence of victory127 views
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Shimazu Yoshihiro127 views
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Hand-to-hand combat126 views
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Ii Naomasa and Matsudaira Tadayoshi's position, near Sekigahara Station. And also next to Higashi Kubizuka.126 views
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Path to Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.126 views
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Monument for Shimazu Yoshihiro's position.126 views
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River next to the inn, mainly to carry away snow.125 views
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Dam reservoir124 views
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Warland path124 views
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Fierce samurai124 views
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Memorial tree123 views
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Site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.123 views
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Ishida Mitsunari123 views
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Shokawa River122 views
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Hida beef122 views
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Site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.121 views
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Ogaki Castle's cherry blossoms were more beautiful than I had expected.121 views
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Path to/from Shimazu Yoshihiro's monument.120 views
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Tokugawa Ieyasu at Sasaoyama.120 views
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Tofu steak119 views
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The light of the fireworks immediately attracted a swarm of bugs which died from the fire and dropped into the river. Stupid bugs.119 views
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Rear view of monument marking the site of Todo Takatora and Kyogoku Takatomo's position.118 views
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Site of Fukushima Masanori's position. 福島正則陣跡118 views
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JR Takayama Station 高山駅118 views
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Deai Bridge crossing the Shokawa River.117 views
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Signs show the way and distance to the various monuments.117 views
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Memorial for the fallen warriors at the Battle of Sekigahara, built in 2000, the 400th anniversary.116 views
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Torture room 吟味所・御白洲116 views
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