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“山形城・霞ヶ城 Yamagatajō / Kasumigajō”
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Yamagata castle
Ranked #13 of 139 things to do in Yamagata
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

Yamagata Castle is a partially reconstructed flat land castle. The Higashi Otemon (Eastern Gate), including its two adjoining tamon-yagura, and Inner Bailey Gate, as well as their connecting bridges, have been authentically reconstructed using historical materials. As well as Ishigaki, you can observe the outer and inner moats (the latter of which is now dried). So there is enough to see to attract history fans.

Formerly Yamagatajō also possessed 3 additional masugata gates on the outer moat, one additional masugata-mon on the inner moat, several two-storey yagura and a 3rd story yagura on the outer moat, along with other fortifications. The honmaru did not have a mainkeep, but hosted a go’den palace.

History:

Shiba Kaneyori founded the Mogami-shi (clan) in Dewa-koku (province) and built the first fortification on this site during the Ashikaga Shogunate. His fortified residence was about the size of the inner bailey today. Mogami Yoshiaki built the castle up to its current dimensions in 1592, adding many imposing fortifications such as yagura and the outer moat. Mogami Yoshiaki participated in the Battle of Sekigahara but whilst he was gone General Naoe Kanetsugu, serving Uesugi Kagekatsu, attempted to attack Yamagatajō. However, there was immensely thick fog that day and he failed to locate the castle, giving Yamagatajō its nickname of Kasumigajō (Castle of the Mist).

After Sekigahara, the Mogami were awarded with expanded territory and their daimyate was worth 570,000 koku at its peak. By 1622, the clan had fell from the grace of the Tokugawa Shogunate however and had been reduced to territory of 300,00o koku. The Mogami were replaced in Yamagata. Because the castle’s importance declined so, portions of the castle were abandoned, including the Go’Den Palace in the Honmaru. The Sannomaru was farmland by the mid-Edo.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

some of the old castle wall has been built into the replica walls; authentically rebuilt in a large area of beautiful parkland right in Yamagata City; a very peaceful retreat

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Reviewed 6 January 2014

There is no actual castle. The outer defensive walls along the moat remain, and the Higashiote Gate (East Gate) has been rebuilt. The inner area is a park with numerous cherry trees which also line the moat. It is still worth a short visit as it is only a 10 minute walk from Yamagata Station. The area would be very beautiful during spring when the cherry trees blossom.

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