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Takayama-jō 高山城
31-DEC-2010

Takayama-jō 高山城

Takayama, Gifu-ken, Japan view map

Takayama Castle was first built by Kanamori Nagachika, who moved from neighboring Echizen Province following orders from Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Begun in 1588, the castle was meant to serve as a base for defeating Mitsugi Yoritsuna, a daimyō allied against Hideyoshi. Completed in 1603, Takayama-jō was comprised of three separate keeps overlooking the merchant and craftsman town of Takayama from the top of a mountain. Following its transfer to the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1695, the castle was dismantled, and today only the ruins of its walls survive.

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