Renewed Ako Castle and Sasayama Castle
Renewed Ako Castle and Sasayama Castle Profiles
I completed one more Jcastle update just under the wire for 2019! Today I'm updating Ako Castle and Sasayama Castle. Even thogh it's only two castles it's a big update. Ako Castle is a very photogenic castle and I had such a great day for photos that it was hard to narrow them down to the set you see here. For Sasayama Castle, this update includes a samurai home and albums for kokuin and the samurai quarter. Only one house is open to the public so the Anma Residence gets it's own page while some other homes, not open to the public and with sparse information, are combined in the Sasayama Castle Samurai District album.
The castle is also well preserved. The palace unfortunately burned down in 1944, but it was rebuilt (1996-2000) using original photos and with reference to the Ninomaru Palace at Nijo Castle. They may be often overlooked, but Sasayama Castle should also be noted for the 2 umadashi style gates that fortify the main compounds of the castle to the northeast and southwest. Since this is one of the tenkabushin castles (large scale construction projects of the Edo Bakufu) it was built by multiple lords and you can find many of their marks, or kokuin, in the stone walls. See the separate Sasayama Castle Kokuin album below.Besides the castle, Sasayama is an interesting little town that retains the charm of a rustic castle town including a samurai quarter with some former samurai homes (only the Ama Residence is open to the public) and a variety of local shops and specialties. See the Anma Residence page and the Sasayama Castle Samurai District pages for more details.
Jcastle.info Systems Updates
Guide to Samurai Residences