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Akita castle ruins

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5 Terauchiohata, Akita, 011-0939, Japan

Nara-period castle remains including the East Gate & ancient flush toilets, plus a history museum.

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旅とグルメ人ken 2 weeks ago

Ancient castle fence historic site. Visited on July 15, 2019. It is located in the northernmost part of the Kanga Castle fence set up in Tohoku by the Yamato government, and was established as a base for governance, military, and diplomacy in the northern part of the country during the reign of Emperor Shomu, moving northward from Dewa fence. At the time, Japan, whose relations with Silla were deteriorating, and Balhae, which existed in Primorye, avoided the route that went through the Korean Peninsula and instead took the northern route via Sakhalin and Hokkaido, or the route that directly crossed the Sea of ​​Japan. In the 8th century, it is recorded that they visited Dewa Province 6 out of 13 times. Interestingly, Akita Castle has the remains of a washhouse (toilet), which is rare in Japan, but eggs of a parasite that cannot be infected unless pork is eaten have been discovered in the remains of a sediment layer at the same place. This confirms that the castle is a window for visits by messengers from the continent. On the other hand, although the Yamato government began to exert control over the Tohoku region through the installation of official castle fences and land reclamation immigration policy, this area was still under the influence of the Ezo people, who lived a hunting lifestyle, and suffered from famine and Akita Castle. The harsh administration by Tsukasa led to the Emishi uprising, which led to the Genkei War (878). This rebellion was brought to an end by the internal division of the rebel forces, the persuasion of Dewa Gon no Kami Yasunori FUJIWARA no Yasunori, the Chinjufu General Harukaze ONO, and other conciliatory policies, and after that Akita Castle was rebuilt by Yasunori and its military functions were strengthened. The attached Akita City Akita Castle Ruins History Museum exhibits these things in an easy-to-understand manner, so I think it's a good idea to visit the museum before touring Akita Castle. Unlike historic sites from the Sengoku period, which were divided into regions and had a strong local flavor, ancient historical sites are often influenced by the policies of the Yamato government, international relations, and the spread of culture, so it's fun to get a different perspective. . Ancient flush toilets are interesting.

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せみだぶる 6 months ago

Stamps of Japan's 100 Famous Castles are installed in the history museum. This is a paid facility, so you pay the entrance fee (generally 210 yen) and get a stamp at the end of the route through the exhibits. If you would like to receive a stamp for free, it is also available at the Historical Park Administration Building from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed from December to March). I think this is one of the highlights, as the advanced technology of ancient times has been faithfully restored, such as the east gate, the Tsukiji wall, and the Higashioji road, which is paved with natural earth.

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Aki Yoshi 8 months ago

A series of 100 famous castles. Admission is free and the park is open to the public. Unlike the castles of the Sengoku period, it was an administrative office built to control Ezo in the Tohoku region from the Nara period to the Heian period. The atmosphere gives the impression of a plaza surrounded by a castle wall, similar to Heijokyo Park in Nara. At that time, there was trade with Hokkaido, domestic cities on the Sea of ​​Japan coast, Bohai Province in mainland China, and the Korean Peninsula, and it also served as a guest house for entertaining guests from overseas. The main attraction is the ancient flush toilet featured in Buratamori, but it has not yet been developed as a tourist destination, so people who are not interested in history may find it a little boring. Basically, there are only limited explanatory exhibits about the ruins of the castle gates and walls, and there are only huts built as toilets. There is the Akita City Akita Castle Ruins History Museum next to the park, and there is an entrance fee of 210 yen, but you can see the excavations and the lifestyle of the time. It takes 20-30 minutes just to visit the park. It will take about 40 minutes to 1 hour to visit the historical museum. Parking is free, so access is good. By the way, the castle that ruled Akita during the Edo period is Kubota Castle, located in the city area near Akita Station.

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Michael Hodgkinson 4 years ago

A good memory of the kindness of strangers. Visited and asked for information in English man looked in cupboards and drawers but couldn't find any. I set off to look around it's a long way out of Akita and an Englishman is not an everyday occurrence. A few minutes later a lady who was as old as Moses came with a leaflet and showed me around we communicated with mimes and gestures she had seen me at the entrance and had gone across the road to the museum and got the leaflet. After showing me around the castle sight she showed me the way to the museum and accompanied me around that. She showed me the bus stop and when the bus came she told the bus driver where I was going, which I had written down in Japanese and English, she saw me safely on my way waving until the bus was out of sight.

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Jax Syms 6 years ago

Honestly, there isn't much left to see of the actual castle. However, exploring the area and reading the plaques to learn the history is worth the trip. The area itself is beautiful to take a stroll in. Would definitely recommend to anyone in the area during nice weather.