Japan – Nakatsu Castle, Oita

Yesterday, Mami and I visited Nakatsu Castle, a 16th century Japanese castle on the outskirts of Oita.
Built in 1587, Nakatsu Castle is a hidden gem, rarely visited by tourists from outside Japan.
Construction of the castle was started by daimyo – the name for powerful territorial lords in pre-modern Japan – Kuroda Yoshitaka, before being completed by his successor, daimyo Hosokawa Tadaoki.
The entire castle was destroyed by fire in the Satsuma Rebellion of 1877, and the present five-tiered donjon was built in 1964.
Heirlooms of families that governed this region in the past are exhibited inside, including a large collection of samurai armor, weapons, and other artifacts can be found.
The beautiful castle tower is the highlight of any visit, while the top floor is an observation level.

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