Oct
14
2012

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

After enjoying the Senshu Park in Akita City and the former castle and samurai town Kakunodate I left Akita Prefecture to explore Aomori Prefecture.
I started extremely early in the morning, because I had a tight schedule for the day.
First I wanted to see Ne Castle in Hachinohe and then go to the Shimokita Peninsula to visit one of Japan’s most sacred places: Mt. Osore.

smilie Visited: May 3rd 2012 smilie

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

Exploring Ne Castle

Hachinohe’s Ne Castle (根城) is definitely not very famous, but quite unique!

From the JR Hachinohe Station you can take a bus that will take you there in about 15 minutes, so it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re already in Hachinohe and have some spare time! If you can read Japanese, you can find detailed access information here.

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

I was so early that the entrance to the castle was still closed!
I saw on TV that the rest of Japan was hit by a typhoon the night before and that it would come to Tohoku this very day, so I wanted to start as early as possible to arrive at my second destination before the typhoon would hit (more about that in my next post).

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

The weather was already suspiciously dark and it also started raining a bit.

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

Luckily the people working there came early and I told them about my situation. They were nice enough to let me in and also called me a taxi as I had to hurry back to the station to catch my train.

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

That’s why I couldn’t enjoy the castle to the fullest. I had to rush trough all the buildings.
Yet I got to see everything! ^-^;

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

As you can see “Ne Castle” is not your typical Japanese castle.

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

There were a lot of illustration and pictures that gave you a good idea of the previous layout of the castle.

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

The reconstruction of the castle is really well done. They used original material.

Nobody knows for sure how the buildings exactly looked, so they just built a variety of different building and roof types that were typical at that time.

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

As you can see (and please ignore the horrible weather) spring is a nice time to visit as there are several cherry blossom trees in the park!

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

Locations of the pillars and walls of each building were discovered through archeological excavations.

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

There is enough information nowadays that we know the function of each of those buildings.

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

You could go inside most of the buildings.

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

Attention, low ceiling!!

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

It was very interesting as they had displayed a lot of items that were used back then.

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

Explanations were in Japanese only, but with the pictures I think you could understand it well enough.

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

Ne Castle doesn’t have a main turret anymore. Instead this map marks where the main tower used to stand.

Ne Castle in Hachinohe

And then I left in a rush, taking a taxi to the station.
I rarely use taxis because they’re quite expensive, but I didn’t have a choice.
I would have been able to relax if I didn’t have the typhoon right behind me.
It was not that I didn’t have enough time for both destinations (you probably would!), but that I wanted to be finished with sightseeing before the typhoon hit.

I was off to the Shimokita Peninsula.
Stay tuned to see if the typhoon got me and ruined everything. smilie

Thanks for reading. smilie

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