Iwaki Taira Castle
After the Battle of Sekigahara, Torii Tadamasa was sent to Iwaki to establish a new domain (han) as defense against Date Masamune. Tadamasa's father Mototada was killed at the Siege of Fushimi just before the Battle of Sekigahara and this assignment was a reward for his father's service. Torii started to construct Iwakitaira Castle in 1603 and took 12 years to complete the castle and castle town. It is said that Tokugawa Hidetada was so impressed with the castle built by Tadamasa that he reassigned him to Yamagata and doubled the size of Tadamasa's territory. The lordship of Iwakitaira changed hands several times through the Edo Period. During the Boshin War the castle was burned down at the Battle of Iwaki.
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|Iwaki Taira Castle
|No main keep but other buildings
|Local Historic Site
|Ishigaki, Moats, Relocated Gates
|gates, water moats, trenches, stone walls
|Iwaki Station (Joban Line), 5 min walk
|Free, partially restricted (private land)
|Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture
|37° 3' 36.61" N, 140° 53' 22.74" E
|Added to Jcastle
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