Early modern Sakura Castle was governed by 20 lords from nine families during the 258 years from the building of the castle to the Meiji period. It was under the administration of the Hotta clan for a total of 141 years, including the time of Hotta Masamori and his son Masanobu, and the period from Masasuke to the last Domain lord, Masatomo.
Numerous cultural properties and famous sites related to the Hotta clan, which had an enormous influence on Sakura, can still be found in Sakura today, and visitors can relive those achievements.
It's an old shrine that can confirm its name in the documents of over 1000 years ago. It was deeply religious believed by the Sakura lords and vassals as a god of the general guardian of the Sakura clan in the Edo period.
This was the residence of Hotta Masatomo, the last lord of Sakura Domain. It is very valuable as a surviving former residence of a daimyo family from the Meiji period and has been designated a national important cultural property.
This is a Meiji-style garden on the property of Hotta Masatomo’s residence. It is valuable as a surviving daimyo family’s garden, and it was designated a national scenic beauty site in 2015.
This is a graveyard at Jindai-ji Temple, the family temple of the Hotta clan, who served as lords of Sakura Domain. The graves of three people—Hotta Masatoshi, Masayoshi, and Masatomo are here.