Wakayama Castle

Wakayama Castle was originally built in 1585 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi who successfully unified Japan after the death of Oda Nobunaga a few years earlier, and who also initiated invasions into the Korean Peninsula. The castle’s main purpose was to strengthen the warlord’s hold over the southern region of Kansai and command the Kii Peninsula. The construction was supervised by Hideyoshi’s younger brother Hidenaga and designed by Takatora Todo. Todo had humble beginnings as an ashigaru, a foot soldier, before gaining recognition as a excellent castle architect. In about 50 years he designed dozens of castles, including the famous Osaka Castle and Nijo Castle in Kyoto.

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