JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Sunomata Ichiya Castle 墨俣一夜城
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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.252 views
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Sunomata Castle.217 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1742-1210 views
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Model of Sunomata which was a post town on the Mino Road between Atsuta in Nagoya and Tarui in Gifu.191 views
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Sunomata Castle was originally built in 1561 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi supposedly overnight as part of Oda Nobunaga's strategy to conquer Mino (Gifu) Province.143 views
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Sunomata Castle141 views
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The second floor shows how the castle was built.137 views
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Graves of those who died building Sunomata Castle.137 views
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Sunomata Ichiya Castle was reconstructed in April 1991.137 views
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Statue of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in front of Sunomata Castle.133 views
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When I visited the castle in 1995, the room still had the chairs and table the Crown Prince and Princess used. They have since been removed from the room. This photo was taken in 1995.131 views
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Bridge to Sunomata Castle.128 views
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Sunomata Castle has five floors. The first floor has this room introducing the nature and history of Sunomata.124 views
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This room was also where Crown Prince Hiro and Crown Princess Masako rested during a visit to the castle in April 1995.123 views
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Rear view of Sunomata Castle.118 views
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Rest area.118 views
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Entrance to Sunomata Castle.116 views
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Near the castle entrance is this stone gourd pouring water.115 views
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Main bridge to Sunomata Castle. Gourds are prominent here.114 views
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Matchlock guns113 views
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Side view of Sunomata Castle.112 views
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Sunomata Ichiya Castle is open 9 am to 5 pm, closed Mon. (open if a national holiday and closed on Tue. instead). Admission 200 yen for adult, free for children below age 18.112 views
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Statue of Toyotomi Hideyoshi in front of Sunomata Castle.109 views
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Small sculptures on the castle foundation.108 views
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Gate to Sunomatawhich was also a post town along the Mino Road. Sunomata is accessible by Gifu Bus (W65 on Obusa Sunomata Route) from JR Gifu Station and Ogaki Station. Get off at Sunomata bus stop. 104 views
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Next to the castle is also this rack of gourds.103 views
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Print showing the construction of Sunomata Castle.103 views
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Way to Sunomata Castle. This path goes along the Nagara River.102 views
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Video screening area.102 views
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Toyotomi Hideyoshi101 views
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Swords101 views
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The castle is small, but nice. The stairway here.101 views
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Golden pair of shachi atop Sunomata Castle.100 views
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Another bridge to Sunomata Castle. More picturesque, but almost useless as it goes to a road with heavy traffic.99 views
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Roof99 views
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Stone foundatio.99 views
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Gifu Castle atop Kinkazan as seen from Sunomata Castle. Then called Inabayama Castle, Gifu Castle was one objective for Sunomata Castle and Hideyoshi.98 views
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Another gate along the path to Sunomata Castle.94 views
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The 5th floor is the lookout deck. No veranda, but the windows are open for easy viewing and picture-taking.94 views
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The 3rd floor shows how Toyotomi Hideyoshi rose to power and prominence.91 views
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View of Sunomata and the main bridge to the castle.89 views
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The fourth floor is a gallery. Pictures by local kids.85 views
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View of Nagara River.83 views
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Sunomata Castle marker.80 views
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Next to Shirahige Shrine is Hokoku Shrine dedicated to Hideyoshi.79 views
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Nagara River and Gifu Castle on Mt. Kinka on the upper left.78 views
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About Hokoku Shrine.78 views
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"Hideyoshi" in kanji spelled out with small gourds.78 views
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On a clear day, Mt. Ibuki can be seen.78 views
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View of Sunomata-juku post town.77 views
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Hokoku Shrine is called the home of the "God of Success" in reference to Hideyoshi's spectacular rise to power from humble beginnings.77 views
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View of Shirahige Shrine74 views
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Shirahige Shrine is next to Sunomata Castle. 73 views
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Marker commemorating the Crown Prince and Princess' visit in April 1995.67 views
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