JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Shibata Castle 新発田城
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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. 237 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)234 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.234 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.229 views
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Shibata Castle Park map198 views
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Statue of Horibe Yasubei (1670-1703). He looks toward Edo (Tokyo).155 views
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Horibe Yasubei was also a master swordsman. 堀部安兵衛154 views
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Sangai Yagura Turret, Shibata Castle. Reconstructed in June 2004 with traditional building methods taking 2 years. 三階櫓135 views
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Sangai Yagura Turret, Shibata Castle 三階櫓125 views
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Shibata Castle is also called Ayame Castle 菖蒲城.121 views
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Banner with the five-diamond clan crest. Sangai Yagura Turret in the distance112 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.106 views
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Statue of Lord Mizoguchi Hidekatsu (1548-1610), the first lord of Shibata Castle. 溝口秀勝101 views
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Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret, an Important Cultural Property 旧二の丸隅櫓95 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..94 views
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Omotemon Gate, another Important Cultural Property94 views
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Inside upper floor of Omotemon Gate 表門93 views
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Shibata Castle is the only castle in Niigata with Edo-era structures still standing.92 views
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Moat leading to Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret92 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92 views
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Statue of Lord Mizoguchi Hidekatsu (1548-1610), the first lord of Shibata Castle. 溝口秀勝92 views
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Omotemon Gate 表門90 views
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Inside Tatsumi Yagura Turret 辰巳櫓90 views
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Tatsumi Yagura Turret, reconstructed in June 2004. 辰巳櫓89 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.89 views
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Sangai Yagura Turret, Shibata Castle 三階櫓88 views
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Inside upper floor of Omotemon Gate 表門87 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.87 views
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Stone wall with perfectly-fitting stones. No gaps between the stones.86 views
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Inside Tatsumi Yagura Turret 辰巳櫓86 views
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Omotemon Gate, one of two Edo-Era structures in Shibata Castle and an Important Cultural Property. 表門86 views
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Steps to Tatsumi Yagura Turret, reconstructed in June 2004. 辰巳櫓86 views
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View from upper floor of Omotemon Gate 表門85 views
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Ceiling of Tatsumi Yagura Turret84 views
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Tatsumi Yagura Turret 辰巳櫓82 views
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Second floor of Tatsumi Yagura Turret82 views
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Inside Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret82 views
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Inside Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret82 views
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Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret, one of two Edo-Era castle structures. 旧二の丸隅櫓80 views
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Second floor of Tatsumi Yagura Turret79 views
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Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret 旧二の丸隅櫓79 views
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Tatsumi Yagura Turret. Traditional building methods were used to reconstruct the turret.78 views
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Sangai Yagura Turret78 views
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Stone dropping slot78 views
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Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret 旧二の丸隅櫓75 views
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Inside Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret75 views
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Second floor of Kyu-Ninomaru Sumi-yagura Turret75 views
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Entrance to upper floor of Omotemon Gate74 views
     
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