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“Enormous statue”

Saigo Takamori Statue
Ranked #11 of 146 things to do in Kagoshima
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Owner description: A statue of this local hero and leader of the movement that ended feudalism in Japan stands in military uniform in this city’s Central Park.
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“Enormous statue”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

This enormous statue greets you as you reach the top of the stairs at the entrance to Ueno Park. It is made of bronze and shows the great man with his dog. Saigo is a popular character in Japanese history thanks to the part he played as leader of the Restoration army. There is some explanation in English

Visited April 2014
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

When we were on our 4 day bus tour going to different hot spring resorts we stopped briefly in Kagoshima and from the bus we saw the huge statue of Saigo Takamori and was very impressed.
A little later we could see it again from the Shiroyama View Point , it is apparently about 15 metres high. By this stage we had found out a little history about Saigo Takamori. He was a low ranked samurai warrior from Kagoshima who rose to the top not only as a warrior but also as a politician.
It seems he led a controversial political life and not agreeing with the Meiji Restoration Era of the late 1800s and wanting to retain the samurai way of life he retired from politics and took up arms with other unhappy samurai and fought against the Imperial Army. His last famous battle was here on Shiroyama Mountain . He with about 400 Samurai stood against 40,000 Imperial Troops and they all were killed meeting their end in honorable samurai style. The spot where he met his maker is held precious by the people here. The Tom Cruise movie THE LAST SAMURAI is said to be based on Saigo Takamori. He was loved by the people of this area and they have done him proud with this magnificent statue. A big statue of a giant of a man, visit if you can.

Visited January 2014
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

One of the most popular Japanese heroes is Saigo Takamori, a leader from the Meiji Restoration of the late 1860s. Here is a statue of Saigo who was believed to have died in combat on Shiroyama mountain.

Visited April 2012
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