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Castle / Ruins of Castle Spots in Miyagi Area

  • Site of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle Ruins)
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Kawauchi 1
    This is a castle built by Date Masamune, the first feudal lord of Sendai. Located in the Aobayama Hills, Sendai Castle Honmaru was a natural fortress utilizing the natural terrain consisting of a cliff wall that looks over the Hirose River to the east, a mountain forest in the west called “the back woods”, and the Tachinokuchi valley on the south side. Most of the castle was destroyed by fire in 1882, and Ninomaru became the current site of Tohoku University and Sannomaru has since been transformed into the Sendai City Museum.
  • Shiroishi Castle
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    Miyagi Pref. Shiroishishi Masuokachou 1-16
    Shiroishi Castle is a flatland-style Japanese castle in the city of Shiroishi, just a 10-minute walk from Shiroishi Station. The castle was used by the Date clan of the Sendai Domain but then the Katakura clan were hereditary retainers of the castle for 260 years from after the battle of Sekigahara until the Meiji period. At the start of the Meiji period the castle was demolished by Ordinance for the Disposal of Castles but in remembrance of the achievements of Date Masamune’s senior retainer Katakura Kagetsuna, the three-story keep and two gates were faithfully restored in 1995. Shiroishi Castle has around 400 cherry trees (in Masuoka Park). It is a famous cherry blossom spot that attracts a lot of tourists around mid-April.

    We went there to see the festival which is held every first Saturday of October. There were many different acts playing, singing or showing skills with samurai swords. When we arrived we had the...

  • Wakuya Castle site
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    Miyagi Pref. Todagunwakuyachou Wakuya Shimochou 3-2
    "Located around 10 minutes' walk from JR Wakuya Station, Wakuya Castle was built as a residence by the Wakuya-Date family; it has the only surviving two-storied Yagura tower in Miyagi Prefecture, known as the Taiko-to (Drum Tower). The Wakuya Shrine was built inside what was formerly the castle's Honmaru (Main Bailey), and the area around the castle site is now the Shiroyama Park (""Castle Hill Park""). Inside the Park there is a museum, built in the Tenshu style, which has a collection of around 1,000 artifacts relating to the Wakuya -Date clan, the history of the town of Wakuya, and local customs and traditions. The park is a famous place for viewing cherry blossom; during the Sakura Matsuri festival which is held in mid-April each year, visitors can enjoy viewing Yoshino cherry trees, weeping cherry trees, and hill cherry trees, which are illuminated in the evenings."
  • Iwadeyama Castle Ruins (Shiroyama Park)
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    Miyagi Osaki-shi Iwadeyama Shiroyama
    This historic site is located in Shiroyama Iwadeyama, Osaki City. When it was originally built in the Muromachi period, it was named Iwatesawa Castle, and was later repaired by Tokugawa Ieyasu. When Date Masamune entered the castle, it was renamed Iwadeyama Castle and encouraged the growth of the castle town. Remains of the castle, such as its earthen walls and moat have been preserved, and the area as a whole is now maintained as Shiroyama Park.
  • Tagajo Castle Ruins
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    Miyagi Pref. Tagajoushi Ichikawa Joumae other
    This castle site on top of Matsushima Hill is about 15 minutes on foot from JR Kokufu-Tagajo Station and was designated as a National Historic Site in 1922. Built by Ono no Azumabito in 724, Tagajo Castle played a central role in the politics of ancient Tohoku. A monument to the castle was discovered in the early Edo period, and many scholars later conducted research thereafter. It's counted as one of Japan's three major historical sites along with Heijo Palace in Nara Prefecture and Dazaifu in Fukuoka Prefecture. Several cherry trees are planted on the grounds, and lots of locals visit to view the blossoms every spring.
  • Iwakiri Castle Ruins
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    Miyagi Sendai-shi Miyagino-ku
  • Ishinomaki Castle Ruins
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    Miyagi Ishinomaki-shi
  • Omori Castle Ruins
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    Miyagi Ishinomaki-shi
  • Kakuda Castle Ruins
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    Miyagi Kakuda-shi
  • Iwanuma Castle Ruins
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    Miyagi Iwanuma-shi
  • Sanuma Castle Ruins
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    Miyagi Tome-shi
  • Teraike Castle Ruins
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    Miyagi Tome-shi
  • Taka Koya Castle Ruins
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    Miyagi Tome-shi
  • Maiya Castle Ruins
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    Miyagi Tome-shi
  • Moriai Castle Ruins
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    Miyagi Tome-shi
  • Iwagasaki Castle Ruins
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    Miyagi Kurihara-shi
  • Takashimizu Castle Ruins
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    Miyagi Kurihara-shi
  • Ono Castle Ruins
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    Miyagi Higashimatsushima-shi
  • Meinamajoseki
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    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi
  • Sengoku Castle Ruins
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    Miyagi Osaki-shi

Miyagi Areas

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Lying along the northeastern coast of Japan, Miyagi prefecture is home to lashings of natural parks, oysters, and hot springs. While the bustling city of Sendai offers some simple city entertainment, it's the Matsushima islands that deserve the most attention, having boosted the prefecture's reputation as one of Japan's most scenic views.

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