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Matsumae Castle 松前城


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Matsumae Castle was the last Japanese castle to be built (1854) during the samurai's Edo Period. It was the base of the Matsumae Clan who ruled Hakodate and this Matsumae area. However, the original castle tower was destroyed by a fire in 1949. The current castle tower is a 1960 reconstruction, serving as a three-story museum. Top floor has good views of the area. Only the gate is an original structure from the 19th century. National Important Cultural Property.

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