Chugoku

Articles and travel guides on famous and not so famous destinations in the Chūgoku Region (中国地方 Chūgoku-chihō): Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori and Yamaguchi

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  • Chugoku Travel Guide

    The Chūgoku Region (中国地方 Chūgoku-chihō) comprises the prefectures of Chugoku Region Hiroshima ((広島県 Hiroshima-ken) Okayama (岡山県 Okayama-ken)...
  • Futagamiyama Castle

    Futagamiyama Castle (二上山城 Futagamiyama-jō) is located in Iwami Town in Tottori Prefecture. It was a fortress constructed by Yamana Tokiuji (山名時氏),...
  • Kawahara Castle

    Kawahara Castle (河原城 Kawahara-jō) is a hilltop castle located in the former town of Kawahara-machi about 10 kilometres south of Tottori City at...
  • Kageishi Castle

    Kageishi Castle (景石城 Kageishi-jō) was located in former Inaba Province near the post station of Mochigase-shuku (用瀬宿) along Inaba Kaidō (因幡街道) at...
  1. Kageishi Castle

    Kageishi Castle (景石城 Kageishi-jō) was located in former Inaba Province near the post station of Mochigase-shuku (用瀬宿) along Inaba Kaidō (因幡街道) at the confluence of Sendai River and Sajigawa River. Inaba Kaidō connected the province of Harima (modern-day Okayama Prefecture) with Tottori. The map was based on Digital Japan Portal Web Site powered by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan The Taiheiki (太平記, "Chronicle of Great Peace") written in the 14th century mentioned that the castle was held by Yamana Tokiuji (山名時氏, d.1372). Tokiuji was a retainer of Ashikaga Takauji and shugo...
  2. Kawahara Castle

    Kawahara Castle (河原城 Kawahara-jō) is a hilltop castle located in the former town of Kawahara-machi about 10 kilometres south of Tottori City at the confluence of the Sendai and the Hatto rivers. Kawahara-machi was merged into Tottori City in 2004. The castle is also known as Maruyama Castle (丸山城). The main keep is magnificent but was reconstructed in 1994. The fortification was erected sometime before 1580 by Takeda Takanobu (武田高信). Later, the castle and the surrounding territory were controlled by Yamana Toyokuni (1548-1626) and served as an additional line of defence against the...
  3. Futagamiyama Castle

    Futagamiyama Castle (二上山城 Futagamiyama-jō) is located in Iwami Town in Tottori Prefecture. It was a fortress constructed by Yamana Tokiuji (山名時氏), a commander of the Nanboku-chō Period (1336 to 1392) when the Northern Court, supported by Shogun Ashikaga Takauji, and the Southern Court, established by Emperor Go-Daigo, confronted each other. Futagamiyama Castle was the base of the Yamana clan in Inaba Province (modern-day eastern Tottori) in 1350’s until 1466. The Yamana were most influential during the Muromachi Period when they served as shugo (military governors or constables) over...
  4. Chugoku Travel Guide

    The Chūgoku Region (中国地方 Chūgoku-chihō) comprises the prefectures of Chugoku Region Hiroshima ((広島県 Hiroshima-ken) Okayama (岡山県 Okayama-ken) Shimane (島根県 Shimane-ken) Tottori (鳥取県 Tottori-ken) Yamaguchi (山口県 Yamaguchi-ken) Geography Chugoku encompasses the entire western tip of Honshū, the Japanese main island. With the Chūgoku Mountains as the dividing line, the Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海 Seto Naikai) side is called the San’yō Region (山陽地方 San’yō-chihō), and the Sea of Japan side is called the San’in Region (山陰地方 San’in-chihō). The principal city of the region is Hiroshima. It is a...
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