Saturday, August 11, 2012

Kawanoe Castle

On July 21st we headed to the museum and planetarium in Niihama. On the way, we stopped off at Kawanoe castle in Shikokuchuo. The castle was originally built in 1227, and fell to Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1585. The castle was torn down in 1611, so this is a replica castle that was built in 1988.

 The gate leading to the castle
 The castle itself, or at least the reconstruction of it.
 A wooden door which I can only guess would have been the entrance to the original castle

 Some old sword blades that are on display inside the castle.
 Samurai armor and weapons, on display inside the castle.
 a view from the top of the castle. The castle is situated on top of a small mountain, so there is a complete panoramic view of the city and the Seto inland sea. This city has a lot of paper factories which were clearly visible from here. 
The view from atop the castle showing the castle grounds with the Seto inland sea in the background.

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