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Entrance to Northern Culture Museum, formerly the Japanese-style mansion of the Ito farming family who were a wealthy landowner from the 18th century.212 views1 comments
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Completed around 1654, Shibata Castle is the only castle in Niigata with Edo-Era structures still remaining. Two turrets were reconstructed in June 2004. 205 viewsThe castle grounds is also occupied by the Ground Self-Defence Forces, making the area open to the public quite small. One of the reconstructed turrets is also inaccessible due to the military base. Still, it is one of Japan's 100 Famous Castles. Entrance to Shibata Castle.
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Shibata Castle, Niigata (Sangai Yagura Turret)184 views
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Sangai Yagura Turret with three shachi sculptures on the T-shaped roof. Unique to Shibata Castle. Unfortunately, we cannot enter this turret since it is within the Ground Self-Defence Force base which occupies much of the castle grounds.184 views
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Sangai Yagura Turret, Shibata Castle 三階櫓, Niigata. The castle never had a tenshukaku castle tower (donjon), so this turret was the grandest castle structure.180 views
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Inner Gate. Museum Web site169 views
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Shibata Castle Park map167 views
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It's not a large or long run, but better than nothing.154 views
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Lake Hyoko (Lake Hyo), a man-made lake where thousands of swans and ducks migrate to during the winter months.153 views
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From Tokyo, Gala Yuzawa is the most convenient place to ski. The Joetsu shinkansen can take you there in little over an hour and the train station has the ski gondola. An easy day trip.137 views
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Museum office134 views
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When Wright found out that Bunkichi was a fellow Pennsylvania University graduate, he fully supported the preservation of the property. They saved the property by converting it into a museum. A foundation was established and the property was donated to it133 viewsPictured is Ralph Wright and Itoh Bunkichi VIII (1927- ), the son of Bunkichi VII (1896-1958).1 comments
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Toki Messe's tower is the city's tallest building at 140 meters.132 views
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Inside the Shukokan rice warehouse, now an antique exhibition room. 集古館132 views
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View from the top.131 views
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The line gets very long during the morning, so I usually go later in the day and ski until night when it is much less crowded. I catch the last shinkansen back to Tokyo.126 views
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Statue of Horibe Yasubei (1670-1703). He looks toward Edo (Tokyo).124 views
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Central Niigata124 views
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Horibe Yasubei was also a master swordsman. 堀部安兵衛123 views
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The quality of the snow is not as good as in Hokkaido, but better than nothing.122 views
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Pedestrain overpass with swan motif.110 views
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Monument for Itoh Bunkichi VII (1896-1958) and Lt. Ralph E. Wright (from Peoria, Illinois). Right after WWII in 1945, they saved the property from being demolished due to the Land Reform Act.107 views
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Skis left outside as their owners have lunch. It's nice that no one steals your skis.105 views
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Sangai Yagura Turret, Shibata Castle. Reconstructed in June 2004 with traditional building methods taking 2 years. 三階櫓103 views
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Map of lake area98 views
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It was Japan's first private museum to receive governmental approval. During the years following, it took several years to rebuild the garden and buildings. This is the museum office next to the entrance.96 views
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Crab96 views
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Sangai Yagura Turret, Shibata Castle 三階櫓94 views
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Quack, quack. Actually the ducks were pretty quiet.93 views
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Shibata Castle is also called Ayame Castle 菖蒲城.91 views
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Inside Sanraku-tei with unusually shaped tatami mats to fit the triangular floor. It has three rooms, one was a study and another was a tea ceremony room.90 views
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Built in 1891, Sanraku-tei, a highly unusual triangular tea house. 三楽亭86 views
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Crab85 views
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Acting on reports that the Itoh property was storing hidden materials for the old Imperial Army, Lt. Ralph E. Wright from the American Occupation forces conducted a search and met Itoh Bunkichi VII, the owner. Photo: Grave of Ralph E. White-Peterson.84 views
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Entrance foyer (unused). I had the pleasure of meeting Itoh Bunkichi VIII who explained about how the property was saved by Lt. Wright. He was the one who built the monument for his father and Lt. Wright.84 views
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The first room you see is this Cha-no-ma living room where the head of the household greeted guests. Built in 1885-1887, the house has more than 60 rooms, with a floor space of about 4,000 sq. meters. 茶の間84 views
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Rear view of birth home of Yoshida Togo who was a famous geographer of Japan who compiled an encylopedia of Japanese place names. His son was Yoshida Chiaki who composed the melody of the song "Biwako Shuko no Uta" (Lake Biwa Rowing Song).84 views1 comments
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Cha-no-ma living room82 views
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Room with a view: This is the centerpiece of the former home, a large drawing room (Ohiroma) used for large gatherings. It gives a marvelous view of the garden. 大広間82 views
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Banner with the five-diamond clan crest. Sangai Yagura Turret in the distance81 views
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Salmon81 views
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The museum is within a spacious, garden-like grounds. It includes the main house, tea houses, storehouse, and a few shops and restaurants.80 views
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Irori hearth next to the kitchen. 囲炉裏78 views
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Corridor facing the courtyard.77 views
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Former Hatano residence and birth home of Yoshida Togo 旧旗野邸 (吉田東伍生家)77 views
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Sakana-no-Furusato Bandaijima Fish market near Toki Messe. さかなのふるさと万代島75 views
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2nd floor exhibition room displays various artifacts of the Itoh family. The room formerly served as a storeroom and workroom for making futon and rags. 考古資料館74 views
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Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret, one of the two surviving Edo-Era structures. The castle originally had 11 turrets and 5 gates (no castle tower). The Meiji government ordered its destruction in 1872. All the structures were dismantled except two.73 views
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The observation deck is about 125 meters above the ground. The tallest building along the Sea of Japan coast. Fine view of Shinano River.72 views
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Statue of Lord Mizoguchi Hidekatsu (1548-1610), the first lord of Shibata Castle. 溝口秀勝71 views
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Courtyard garden as seen from the 2nd floor.71 views
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Garden of the birth home of Yoshida Togo70 views
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JR Niigata Station 新潟駅69 views
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Tourist info booth sells duck feed69 views
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Display of stuffed toki or crested ibis, an endangered species. Official bird of Niigata and raised on Sado island.66 views
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Duck feeding66 views
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Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret, an Important Cultural Property 旧二の丸隅櫓65 views
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Entrance to the Yoshida Togo Memorial Museum which exhibits various documents and personal effects of Yoshida Togo. Museum admission 300 yen. Closed Mon.65 views
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Omotemon Gate, another Important Cultural Property64 views
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Inside upper floor of Omotemon Gate 表門64 views
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Veranda64 views
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Garden facing the drawing rooms. 庭園64 views
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Due to the Meiji government's castle destruction order, most of the castle moats were filled in except for this one next to the Honmaru. After World War II, US troops occupied the castle grounds for a short time..63 views
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Hearth in the kitchen. A bale of rice (60 kg) was cooked every day. Over 50 maids, cooks, and other servants worked in the house.63 views
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Ohiroma drawing room63 views
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Ohiroma drawing room was used only a few times a year for wedding and funeral receptions, etc.63 views
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Corner of rear drawing room (urazashiki)63 views
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Shibata Castle is the only castle in Niigata with Edo-era structures still standing.62 views
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Moat leading to Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret62 views
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With 100 tatami mats, the Ohiroma drawing room is the most impressive room in the house.62 views
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The rear drawing room was where guests would wait until they were welcomed into the Ohiroma main drawing room.62 views
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Road in front of Niigata Station62 views
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Niigata Station62 views
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Statue of Lord Mizoguchi Hidekatsu (1548-1610), the first lord of Shibata Castle. 溝口秀勝61 views
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Veranda along the courtyard garden61 views
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In Oct. 2008, Lake Hyoko was added to the list of wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.61 views
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Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret. Toward the base above the stone wall, notice the "namako-kabe" pattern wall 海鼠壁. It resists snow. 旧二の丸隅櫓60 views
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Omotemon Gate 表門60 views
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Corridor60 views
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Impressive garden views from the rear drawing room (urazashiki)60 views
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Bandai-bashi Bridge. The tall building is Toki Messe.60 views
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Inside Tatsumi Yagura Turret 辰巳櫓59 views
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Ground Self-Defence Force base occupies half the castle site (since 1953). The reason why we cannot enter the Sangai Yagura Turret seen here within the base.59 views
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In the foreground is Bandaibashi Bridge, spanning Shinano River.59 views
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Ferry to Sado island.59 views
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Courtyard garden 中庭59 views
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Courtyard garden59 views
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On Bandai-bashi Bridge59 views
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Tatsumi Yagura Turret, reconstructed in June 2004. 辰巳櫓58 views
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Fishing boats58 views
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Plate58 views
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Veranda of Ohiroma drawing room58 views
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Rear drawing room (Urazashiki) adjacent to the Ohiroma main drawing room.58 views
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Inside Yoshida Togo Memorial Museum. The 2nd floor also has a display panel about his son Yoshida Chiaki who composed the song "Hitsuji-gusa" whose melody was used in the song "Biwako Shuko no Uta" (Lake Biwa Rowing Song).58 views
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Lacquerware on display57 views
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Sangai Yagura Turret, Shibata Castle 三階櫓56 views
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Inside Tatsumi Yagura Turret 辰巳櫓56 views
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Steps to Tatsumi Yagura Turret, reconstructed in June 2004. 辰巳櫓56 views
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Inside upper floor of Omotemon Gate 表門56 views
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Across from the Omotemon Gate is a small park with a statue of Hirobe Yasubei who was from Shibata and one of the 47 ronin (masterless samurai) who avenged his master Lord Asano of Ako, dramatized in Chushingura.56 views
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Toki Messe is a multipurpose complex which includes a convention center, exhibition hall, hotel and office tower (the city's tallest building), art museum, and an observation deck on the 31st floor.56 views
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Stone wall with perfectly-fitting stones. No gaps between the stones.55 views
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Omotemon Gate, one of two Edo-Era structures in Shibata Castle and an Important Cultural Property. 表門55 views
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Ohiroma drawing room and adjacent garden in autumn.55 views
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View from upper floor of Omotemon Gate 表門54 views
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Thousands of ducks54 views
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Tatsumi Yagura Turret 辰巳櫓52 views
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Second floor of Tatsumi Yagura Turret52 views
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Inside Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret52 views
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Also see my YouTube video here.52 views
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Ceiling of Tatsumi Yagura Turret51 views
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Inside Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret51 views
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Duck species in the lake and the number of birds so far.50 views
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A room in the birth home of Yoshida Togo50 views
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Tatsumi Yagura Turret. Traditional building methods were used to reconstruct the turret.49 views
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Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret, one of two Edo-Era castle structures. 旧二の丸隅櫓49 views
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Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret 旧二の丸隅櫓49 views
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Toward the mouth of Shinano River.49 views
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Whooping swans mix with the ducks.49 views
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Second floor of Tatsumi Yagura Turret48 views
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Sangai Yagura Turret48 views
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Stone dropping slot48 views
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Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret 旧二の丸隅櫓45 views
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Second floor of Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret45 views
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Too hazy to see Sado island.45 views
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Inside Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret44 views
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They all face the same direction. Group oriented.44 views
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Entrance to upper floor of Omotemon Gate43 views
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Swan42 views
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