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賤ヶ岳 Shizuga-take Mt Shizugatake

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Mt Shizugatake (421.9m) is located between the towns of Kinomoto and Yogo in Ika County, Shiga Prefecture. In the 11th year of the Tensho period (1583), Mt Shizugatake was the site of the battle between Hashiba (Toyotomi) Hideyoshi and Shibata Katsuie over who would succeed Oda Nobunaga.

Hideyoshi covered the 50km distance from Ogaki to Kinomoto in five hours, and he won the battle with the support of Shunei, known as 'seven spears in Shizugatake'.

It was soon after the battle of Shizugatake that Hideyoshi said 'It is now that Japan has settled down', for the period of civil war had ended.

From Mt Shizugatake, you can see Mt Ibuki and Kotani to the east; Lake Biwa and Chikubu Island to the south; and Yogo Lake of the Hagoromo Legacy to the north.

Mt Shizugatake is one of the best scenic areas in the Kohoku region, and one of the 8 great views of Lake Biwa.

Mt Shizugatake is the historic site that witnessed the turning point that led to the end of internal warring in Japan.
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松山城 Matsuyama-jyou 

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Matsuyama Castle towers up from its site on Katsuyama Hill (at an elevation 132 meters), and is located in the heart of Matsuyama, in Ehime Prefecture. Along with Himeji Castle and Wakayama Castle, it is counted as one of the Three Great Multi-Wing Castles on a Flat-top Mountain. It has the newest castle tower in existence. Construction on the castle began in 1602 (7th year of the Keicho period), by Yoshiaki Kato, one of a group of generals known as the Seven Spears who became famous for their services during the Battle of Shizugadake. After 25 years of construction, Matsuyama Castle grew to an immense scale with the main keep at the top of the castle, a secondary keep in the middle area, and a tertiary keep at the base of the hill. Soon after construction had finished, the castle was controlled by Tadatomo Gamou and then by Sadayuki Matsudaira. After Sadayuki, Matsumoto Castle became the seat of the Matsudaira clan until the Meiji period. Despite earlier fire damage when it was occupied by numerous fief owners, restoration has ensured that the castle is still in good condition today. In the 10th year of the Showa period (1935), the castle was designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan, and in the 27th year of the Showa period (1952), it was designated a national monument.
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