JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Kiyosu Castle 清洲城
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Kiyosu Castle, Aichi Prefecture. Oda Nobunaga moved to Kiyosu Castle from Nagoya Castle in 1555. From Kiyosu Castle, he went to defeat the Imagawa at the Battle of Okehazama.260 views
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Kiyosu Castle's 2nd floor includes this mannequin setup showing Oda Nobunaga and his cohorts.237 views
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Kiyosu Castle tower and rock garden. 300 yen admission for the castle tower. Open 9 am to 4:30 pm. Closed Mon. (open if a national holiday).202 views
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Kiyosu Castle197 views
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JR Kiyosu Station platform. Note that only the local (kaku-eki) trains stop at Kiyosu Station. The kaisoku express trains don't stop at Kiyosu.190 views
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Kiyosu Castle as seen from the train on the Tokaido Line going to Nagoya.176 views
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Kiyosu Castle171 views
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Statue of Oda Nobunaga at Kiyosu Park, Aichi.163 views
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Matchlock gun115 views
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Matchlock gun111 views
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This scene shos Oda Nobunaga going off to battle at Okehazama to defeat Imagawa.107 views
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Kiyosu Castle tower and rock garden.106 views
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The first floor of the castle tower shows some samurai armor.106 views
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Noh masks103 views
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The 3rd floor shows more feudal-era artifacts and a model of the golden shachi roof ornaments which Kiyosu Castle was famous for. The original shachi are now preserved at Sofukuji temple in Gifu.103 views
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Oda Nobunaga103 views
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Woman playing the tsuzumi shoulder drum.101 views
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Samurai armor in Kiyosu Castle.100 views
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Kiyosu Castle's 2nd floor includes this mannequin setup showing Oda Nobunaga and his cohorts.98 views
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From the castle park, you can see this red Otebashi Bridge leading to the rebuilt Kiyosu Castle.97 views
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After Nobunaga died, his second son Nobukatsu occupied the castle and he expanded it in 1586. When Tokugawa Ieyasu made Nagoya the capital of the region in 1610, Kiyosu fell into obscurity. Parts of Kiyosu Castle were used to build Nagoya Castle.97 views
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Kiyosu Castle was also where the Kiyosu Conference was held by Hideyoshi and other Oda generals to decide who would succeed Nobunaga after his assassination.97 views
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Gate of the Kiyosu-juku Honjin. Behind it is a modern private house. The Honjin was the exclusive lodge of VIPs traveling through.96 views
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On the 4th floor balcony. The views are good, but not so pretty with factories and other buildings all around.95 views
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Kiyosu Castle 95 views
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Also nearby is the site of the Honjin main lodge of Kiyosu-juku along the Mino Kaido Road. 清洲宿本陣95 views
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Gate to Kiyosu Castle. It was during New Year's so the kadomatsu pine decorations flank the entrance.94 views
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The other side of the 2nd floor shows rock-dropping slits in the floor.94 views
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Matchlock gun bullets of various sizes.93 views
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Marker indicating that Emperor Meiji once stopped here.93 views
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The red bridge makes it quite picturesque, even though the castle tower is reconstructed in April 1989.92 views
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Rock garden92 views
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Also in the park are war memorials.92 views
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The 4th floor is the top floor with a lookout balcony.91 views
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From the shinkansen bullet train and Tokaido Line train, you can see the castle. The four-story ferro-concrete castle tower houses a local history museum.90 views
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Rock-dropping slits in the floor.90 views
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Rock garden below and shinkansen passing by.90 views
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Kiyosu Castle from behind.88 views
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Shachi roof ornament87 views
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In front of the castle tower is a rock garden.85 views
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Store house84 views
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Kadomatsu pine decoration84 views
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Along the way, you come across this small Kiyosu Castle Park with a low mound. This is the original location of Kiyosu Castle. 清洲古城公園83 views
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A little shrine at the spot of the original castle tower.83 views
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Kiyosu Castle's rock-dropping slits.83 views
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Stone marker indicating the original location of Kiyosu Castle as occupied by Oda Nobunaga.82 views
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Statue of Nobunaga on the 4th floor.82 views
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Looking toward the Kiyosu Castle Square behind the castle.82 views
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Furusato no Yakata rest house and gift shop.82 views
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Mt. Ibuki in the distance.81 views
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Next to the castle tower is the Geino Bunkakan or Culture Hall for events and meetings. It is designed like a palace. You go through here when exiting the castle tower.81 views
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Inside Furusato no Yakata rest house.81 views
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Statue of Princess 81 views
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JR Kiyosu Station on the JR Tokaido Line between Nagoya and Gifu.79 views
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Rock garden79 views
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Banners79 views
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Kiyosu Park where there is this statue of Oda Nobunaga.79 views
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JR Kiyosu Station on the Tokaido Line. There is a sign pointing the way to Kiyosu Castle, a short walk from the train station.78 views
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Nagoya in the distance.77 views
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Kiyosu Castle's rock-dropping slits.77 views
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Inside JR Kiyosu Station76 views
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Near Kiyosu Castle is Kiyosu Park.76 views
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