Chūō-kōen

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Tokushima , Japan
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Northeast of the train station, on the slopes of Shiroyama, is Chūō-kōen, where you'll find the scant ruins of Tokushima-jō (Tokushima Castle). Built in 1585 for Hachisuka Iemasa after he was granted the fiefdom of Awa by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, most of the castle was destroyed in 1875 following the Meiji Restoration. If you're having problems imagining the former grandeur of the site, Tokushima Castle Museum contains an impressive reconstruction of the castle town at its peak, as well as the daimyō's (domain lord's) boat, some displays of armour, and letters to the local lord from Hideyoshi and the first Tokugawa shōgun, Ieyasu. The displays are all in Japanese. The beautiful Senshūkaku-teien is an intimate 16th-century garden featuring rock bridges and secluded ponds.