Shiroishi Castle, Shiroishi

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Shiroishi Castle is a Japanese castle in Shiroishi, Miyagi, within what was Mutsu Province. It was the castle of the Katakura clan, which was a family of retainers serving the Date clan of Sendai. It was also the headquarters of the Ōuetsu Reppan Dōmei in 1868.
The castle was founded in the Kamakura era, by the Karita clan.
In 1591, during the late Azuchi-Momoyama era, the castle was held as an outpost by the Gamō clan, ruled by the senior retainer Gamō Satonari.
Beginning in 1600, the castle and its environs were located in the Sendai Domain. From 1600 onward, Shiroishi Castle was ruled by the Katakura clan, who were retainers of the Date clan of Sendai. It was also one of the exceptions to the Tokugawa shogunate's rule of one castle per domain.
The castle was the meeting place for the delegates of the northern domains in early 1868, during the Boshin War. It then became the headquarters of the Ōuetsu Reppan Dōmei. The castle was then occupied by the Imperial Japanese Army. It was briefly placed in the care of the Nanbu clan of Morioka, but was demolished in 1875. The Katakura family and its retainers then went north and settled in Hokkaidō.
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  • The view from the top floor, breath taking. Be careful of the steep stairs. There is an area for you to try warrior and princess clothing. We were assist by an elderly man. Even though he is temporary helping a fellow worker. But his enthusiasm is contagious, took a lot of great pictures
  • Fantastic staff, beautiful building and grounds. Definitely recommend the samurai building and 3D film. Ticket machine was entirely in Japanese, get the ¥800 ticket to get entry to all 3 items.
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