Fushimi Momoyama Castle, Fushimi

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#173 of 610 in Historic Sites in Kyoto
Fushimi Castle, also known as Momoyama Castle or Fushimi-Momoyama Castle, is a castle in Kyoto's Fushimi Ward. The current structure is a 1964 replica of the original built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
The construction of the original castle was begun in 1592, the year after Hideyoshi's retirement from the regency, and completed in 1594. Twenty provinces furnished workers for the construction, which numbered between 20,000 and 30,000.
Though bearing the external martial appearance of a castle, the structure was intended as a retirement palace for Hideyoshi, and was furnished and decorated as such. It is particularly famous for its Golden Tea Room in which both the walls and the implements were covered in gold leaf. The castle was intended to be the site for Hideyoshi's peace talks with Chinese diplomats seeking an end to the Seven-Year War in Korea, but an earthquake destroyed the castle entirely only two years after its completion.
It was rebuilt soon afterwards, and came to be controlled by Torii Mototada, a vassal of Tokugawa Ieyasu. In 1600, the castle fell in a famous and significant siege by Ishida Mitsunari. Torii Mototada, in a celebrated act of honor and bravery, defended the castle for eleven days, delaying Ishida's forces and allowing his lord Tokugawa time to build his own army. This had a profound effect on the Battle of Sekigahara, which came soon afterwards, and which marked the final victory of Tokugawa Ieyasu over all his rivals.
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  • We walked from Momoyama JR station up the hill and through a new path in the middle of the forest for about 15 minutes to this sensational looking castle. There was only a few people about and this wa...  more »
  • Difficult to rate from the outside with crowds of tourists milling around. At first glance, it's a modern concrete reconstruction of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Momoyama castle. Hideyoshi was born poor so wh...  more »
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  • Beautiful reproduction of the original castle that was on the premises. There isn't much in the way of exhibitions on site; that said, the grounds are beautiful enough. It seems that it mainly acts as a park for the surrounding community. If you happen to be in the area after visiting Fushimiinari, this is definitely worth a visit.
  • Nice castle .hard to walk from railway station.no allowed to see inside.very quite .
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