Castles in Kanazawa

Kanazawa Castle

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Kanazawa CastleШаблон:Nihongo is a large, well-restored castle in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It is located adjacent to the celebrated Kenroku-en Garden, which once formed the castle's private outer garden.

The castle was founded in 1583 when the Maeda family moved to Kanazawa to establish the Kaga Domain. It was greatly reconstructed in 1592 after the first of Hideyoshi's invasions of Korea, at which time its moats were dug. It was burned down and reconstructed in 1620-21 and again in 1631-32, then almost completely gutted in the great Kanazawa fire of 1759, and rebuilt in 1762 and 1788 (Ishikawa-mon Gate). After several minor fires and an earthquake, it was again destroyed by fire in 1881.

What remains, including the 1788 Ishikawa Gate, is now part of Kanazawa Castle Park. The Sanjukken Nagaya (an Important Cultural Asset) and the Tsurumaru Storehouse are two additional remaining structures.

The Hishi Yagura turret, Gojikken Nagaya warehouse, and Hashizume-mon Tsuzuki Yagura turret were faithfully restored in 2001 to their 1809 form, using traditional construction methods. Today's pillars are Japanese Hinoki Cypress with massive American cypress as ceiling beams. It is such a large structure within that in the late 1700s it was called "the palace of 1,000 tatami". The castle's distinctive, whitish roof tiles are made of lead. The reason for that is not only that they are fireproof, but also that in times of siege, the tiles could be melted down and cast into bullets.

The castle's main features are as follows:

  • Hishi Yagura - watchtower, three stories. Height of roof: 17.34 m above stone wall; total floor area: 255.35 m². This tower is built at a slight angle to the rest of the structures, which results in diamond-shaped internal pillars and hard-to-build connections within its complex web of internal pillars and beams.
  • Gojikken Nagaya - long, hall-like, multi-sided turret normally used as a warehouse, two stories. Height of roof: 9.35 to 10.08 m above stone wall; total floor area: 1,384.95 m².
  • Hashizume-mon Tsuzuki Yagura - watchtower and command post, three stories. Height of roof: 14.69 m above stone wall; total floor area: 253.93 m².
  • Hashizume-ichi-no-mon Gate - entrance gate.
  • Tsuru-no-maru Dobei - double earthen wall. Height of roof: 2.91 m above stone wall.
  • Ishikawa-mon Gate - entrance gate with two distinctive styles of stonework. It has been designated an Important National Cultural Asset by the government. This gate faces one of the entrances of Kenrokuen park.

The castle sits within extensive grounds, currently organized as large, well-kept lawns and informal wooded areas, with various large walls, gates, and outbuildings.

Until 1989, Kanazawa University was located on the castle grounds. The large campus is now on the edge of town in an area called Kakuma. Prior to World War II, the grounds served as headquarters of the 9th Division of the Imperial Japanese Army.

References

  • Brochure, Kanazawa Castle Park

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Eric Dallemagne
20 August 2017
Symbolizing the castle town of Kanazawa, this impressive structure stands to the east of the remnants of Kanazawa Castle facing Kenrokuen Garden.
Nicole Aptekar
20 April 2015
Seeing the interior of the rebuilt castle is worthwhile, the construction is incredible!
LuisMi Delgado
11 September 2015
Es un castillo japonés muy bien conservado y que además es un parque al mismo tiempo. Muy recomendable verlo. Si quieres verlo bien puedes tardar entre 1 hora y 2 horas.
A Z
12 January 2018
Park is pretty but castle has zero attractions inside / とっても綺麗ですがお城の中は特に見るものはありませんでした
Nao
11 August 2016
石垣も新しいものと古いものが混在していました。城の櫓や塀は一見して新たに作り直したものと分かる外観でした。公園としては広々していて気持ちよく過ごせそうです。
週末限定金沢暮らし
出入口が沢山あるのでいろんな方向へ気の向くまま散歩するのも楽しいですよ。周辺は兼六園ほか白鳥路や玉泉院、尾山神社なんかも見所です。
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0.2km from Japan, 〒920-0937 Ishikawa-ken, Kanazawa-shi, Marunouchi, 8 県道10号線

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Thu 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Fri 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM–6:00 PM
Mon-Tue 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
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