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Castle / Ruins of Castle Spots in Ishikawa Area

  • Nanao Castle Ruins
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    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Furukomachi Furuya-machi Takegucho entry point Otsuka 14-1.2.415-2
    "The ruins of Nanao Castle, a castle believed to have been built by the Noto Hatakeyama clan during the Warring States period. The name ""Nanao,"" meaning ""seven ridges,"" is derived from this castle use of seven ridgelines extending from the foot to the top of a mountain for its foundation, and the castle is believed to have been one of the largest in the country. The castle was captured by Uesugi Kenshin in 1577, after which members of the Uesugi and Maeda clans served as lords of the castle for a time. The castle's usefulness ended when a newer castle was built close to the port. Today, visitors can see the ruins of the stone walled Sakura horse riding grounds and get a view of distant Nanao Bay and the Noto Peninsula beyond the mountain from the ruins of the inner citadel. The cedars growing along the site's walking paths are kept trimmed, recreating what things must have looked like long ago when the castle was in use."
  • Komatsu Castle Ruins
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    Ishikawa Pref. Komatsushi Marunouchimachi
    The Komatsu Castle Ruins are located just a short walk from Komatsu Station on the JR Hokuriku Line in the city of Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture. Thought to be a castle originally built during the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Uprising, it was overcome by Oda Nobunaga's forces and subsequently became the residence of the military leader Murakami Yorikatsu. In 1639 it underwent major remodeling, so that it was nearly a new castle, and became a sort of retirement home for the daimyo Maeda Toshitsune. Only the Unagibashi-gomon Gate, which became the gate of Raishoji Temple, and the main tower base and stone walls on the grounds of the present-day Komatsu Prefectural High School remain standing today. Ongoing excavations have turned up further traces, including stone walls and tiles.
  • Torigoe Castle Ruins
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    Ishikawa Pref. Hakusanshi Misakamachi
    These castle ruins are located along the Komatsu-Torigoe- Tsurugi Highway in Misakamachi, Hakusan City. These remains are from the massive castle built by Suzuki Dewanokami in 1573 at an elevation of 312m on a mountain peak. It was a military base during the KaganoIkkoikki uprising. Although the castle was taken during the uprising by Oda Nobunaga, its excavation, surveying, and refurbishment has been ongoing since the Showa period. Today, together with the Futoge Castle along the Dainichi River, it is considered a National Historic Landmark.
  • Komaruyama Castle Ruins
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    Ishikawa Nanao-shi
  • Kanegajoato
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    Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture
  • Matto Castle Ruins
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    Ishikawa Hakusan-shi
  • Wadayama Castle Ruins
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    Ishikawa Nomi-shi
  • Tsubata Castle Ruins
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    Ishikawa Kahoku-gun Tsubatamachi
  • Funeokayamajoseki
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    Ishikawa Pref. Hakusanshi
  • Matsunami Castle Ruins
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    Ishikawa Hosu-gun Notocho
  • Nikyokujoseki
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    Ishikawa Pref. Hakusanshi
  • Tanagi Castle Ruins
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    Ishikawa Hosu-gun Notocho
  • Kabutoyama Castle Ruins
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    Ishikawa Hosu-gun Anamizumachi
  • Tazuruhama Yakata Ato
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    Ishikawa Nanao-shi
  • Katada Castle Ruins
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi
  • Matsune Castle Ruins
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi
  • Mori Castle Ruins
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    Ishikawa Kahoku-shi
  • Suenomori Castle Ruins
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    Ishikawa Hakui-gun Hodatsushimizucho Shuku , Takono , Minami Yoshita
  • Komatsu Castle Ruins
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    Ishikawa Komatsu-shi

Ishikawa Main Areas

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Long, thin Ishikawa prefecture runs along the Sea of Japan up into Noto Peninsula. Highlights of the seaside towns lining the west coast include Kanazawa, often described as a "Little Kyoto" thanks to its old wooden tea houses and geisha culture as well as its picturesque Japanese garden, Kenroku-en.

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