Added Hirai Castle and Hirai Kanayama Castle (Gunma)

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Added Hirai Castle and Hirai Kanayama Castle (Gunma)

2017/09/24

Added Hirai Castle and Hirai Kanayama Castle in Gunma. These two were the heart of the Kanto Kanrei Uesugi clan's domain.

Hirai Castle / 平井城

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There are very few busses from the station to the castle so please check the bus schedule carefully. For this trip I got off at the Hino Elementary School (日野小学校前) to visit Hirai Kanayama Castle and then walked to Hirai Castle where I got the bus back to the train station. There are very few remains left to see here, but if you combine it with a visit to Hirai Kanayama Castle (a short walk away) it makes a worthy day trip. In front of the Yashima Shouten Mae (矢島商店前) bus stop there is also a small volunteer run visitor center (I think it's their house) and the proprietors will happily give you maps and materials about the castle. The man's father was one of the main people who surveyed Hirai Kanayama Castle.
Hirai Kanayama Castle / 平井金山城

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There are very few busses from the station to the castle so please check the bus schedule carefully. For this trip I got off at the Hino Elementary School (日野小学校前) bus stop to visit Hirai Kanayama Castle and then walked to Hirai Castle where I got the bus back to the train station. There is not much left to see at Hirai Castle, but it's worth the short walk to visit and it's right on the bus line back to the station. In front of the Yashima Shouten Mae (矢島商店前) bus stop there is also a small volunteer run information center (I think it's their house) and the proprietors will happily give you maps and materials about the castles. The man's father was one of the main people who surveyed Hirai Kanayama Castle. I spent a good 30 minutes chatting while waiting for the next bus.
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