|Akashi, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan|
|Built by||Asano Naganao|
|Earth, stone, and wood|
|In use||1615 to the Meiji Restoration|
|Ruins, though a few buildings have been reconstructed|
History[edit | edit source]
This Akō castle is not to be confused with an earlier fortification located to the north. When the present castle was constructed, it took 13 years to complete the 12 gates and 10 yagura, or towers. Also, the castle was built on the seashore, and at the time of its construction, one could set sail from docks located in the castle. The construction was done under the surveillance of Asano Naganao, who became the lord of the region in 1615. During the Meiji Restoration, Akō Castle was partly dismantled, along with many other castles. However, several buildings have since been re-constructed, following the end of the Second World War.
References[edit | edit source]
- "赤穂城跡". Agency for Cultural Affairs. http://www.bunka.go.jp/bsys/maindetails.asp?register_id=401&item_id=1890. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
- "旧赤穂城庭園 本丸庭園 二之丸庭園". Agency for Cultural Affairs. http://www.bunka.go.jp/bsys/maindetails.asp?register_id=401&item_id=3340. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
- Hyogo International Tourism Guide: Castles and Castle Towns
Literature[edit | edit source]
- Schmorleitz, Morton S. (1974). Castles in Japan. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Co.. ISBN 0-8048-1102-4.
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