Aizu-Wakamatsu (会津若松) 5

The last stop on the trip was Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle, also known as Tsuruga Castle (鶴ヶ城). The castle, originally built in 1384 and redesigned in 1592, was an important base of power for the whole northern Tohoku region. The castle was damaged in the Boshin civil war in 1868 when the Tokugawa shogunate loyalists attempted to hold out against the new Imperial army. It was finally demolished in 1874. The current buildings are a 1965 concrete replica but they are still pretty impressive.

The main tenshu (keep):

Tsuruga Castle 1

Views from the top:

Tsuruga Castle 2

Tsuruga Castle 3

The main defenses must have been pretty impressive. It was besieged and held out for over a month during the civil war:

Tsuruga Castle 4

Our original plan had been to come for the cherry blossoms which are quite famous for the castle but unfortunately we were just a little bit too late. Perhaps next time:

Tsuruga Castle 5

Tsuruga Castle 6