185.Karatsu Castle Part3

How can we evaluate the Terasawa Clan’s achievement?

Later History

After the Meiji Restoration, Karatsu Castle was abandoned and all the buildings of the castle were demolished. Most of the castle area was turned into the city area, but the mountain part became Maizuru Park in 1877. The Imitation Main Tower was built and opened in 1966 as new Karatsu Castle. Since then, the castle site has been a modern tourist attraction as well as a historical spot.

The Imitation Main Tower of Katatsu Castle
The Imitation Main Tower seen from the outside of the Main Enclosure

My Impression

I didn’t have a good impression of the Terasawa Clan because of the result of the Shimabara Rebellion. The founder of the clan, Hirotaka seemed to be loyal to the Tokugawa Shogunate in his new territory called Amakusa. I guess his oppression was a way for him to do so like the Matsukura Clan at Shimabara Castle and Nobutoshi Sanada at Numata Castle. I also think we should evaluate what he did in Karatsu and Amakusa separately. He at least built Karatsu Castle and the foundation of Karatsu City. I also recommend enjoying Karatsu pottery Hirotaka promoted, which is still a well-known product in the city.

Shimabara Castle
The ruins of Numata Castle
One of the masterpieces of Karatsu pottery called Platter with Pine Tree, owned by the Metropolitan Museum (licensed by the Metropolitan Museum via Wikimedia Commons)

How to get There

I recommend using a car when you visit the castle.
It is about 15 minutes away from Nijo-Shikaka IC on the Nishi-Kyushu Expressway.
You can park at the parking lot near the entrance of the castle.
By train, It takes about 20 minutes on foot from Karatsu Station.
To get to Karatsu Station from Fukuoka: Take the Fukuoka City Subway on the Kuko Line, transfer to the JR Chikuhi Line at Meihama Station.
From Tokyo or Osaka to Fukuoka: Take the Shinkansen super express or plane.

That’s all. Thank you.
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投稿者: Yuzo

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