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Aoba Castle Museum, Sendai

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Aoba Castle is a Japanese castle located in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Throughout the Edo period, Aoba Castle was home to the Date clan, daimyō of Sendai Domain. The castle was also known as Sendai-jō or as Gojō-rō. In 2003, the castle site was designated a National Historic Monument.DesignAoba Castle is located on a plateau overlooking the city of Sendai on the opposing bank of the Hirose River. The site is protected by cliffs to the south and east, and by a deep forest to the west. This forest was strictly guarded in the Edo period and is a rare survivor of the original virgin forests in Honshu. The area is now managed as a botanical garden by Tohoku University. While the natural defenses of the castle were extensive, the man-made defensive structures of the castle were minimal, as its role was more administrative and ceremonial than military.HistoryThe site of Aoba Castle, a small hill called “Mount Aoba” was the site of a fortified residence of a branch of the Shimazu clan, the nominal kokushi of Mutsu Province from the early Kamakura period. In the Muromachi period, it was controlled by the Ji-samurai Kokubun clan, which was in turn destroyed by the Date clan.
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  • It's worth going to see the view of the town, but I don't think there's all that much you could call a "castle" at the spot. I saw a VR museum (I'm guessing that's just a VR recreation of the castle.....  more
    It's worth going to see the view of the town, but I don't think there's all that much you could call a "castle" at the spot. I saw a VR museum (I'm guessing that's just a VR recreation of the castle.....  more »
  • As the castle was burned down during the Meiji Era, you can only enjoy the remains of the whole huge complex. But, the view from the top is worth the walk and the stone statue of the famous lord... 
    As the castle was burned down during the Meiji Era, you can only enjoy the remains of the whole huge complex. But, the view from the top is worth the walk and the stone statue of the famous lord...  more »
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  • Sendai history show room , right on top the small peak.
  • Small museum, almost no English, not really worth the price.

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