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Komoro Castle [part] Soon after the castle is a shrine/park and remains in good ruins

Komoro Castle [part] Soon after the castle is a shrine/park and remains in good ruins

Komoro Castle is a castle built when Takeda Shingen has expanded its territory from Kai to Higashi-Shinshu, and is transmitted to the territory (design) by Yamamoto Kansuke. A rare structure called “hole Castle” that built a castle in a lower position than a castle town. It was a soil-based castle in the Shingen, but it was renovated in the castle of the current so Ishigaki by Hidehisa Sengoku which became Komoro Lord under the Hideyoshi administration after the transition afterwards. There were three layers of tower with gold-leaf tiles, but they were not rebuilt by lightning strikes in the Edo period. The Komoro castle ruins which finished the role in the Meiji era are maintained as a municipal park “Kaikoan garden” enshrined the Kaikoan shrine to the Honmaru ruins, and there are a lot of huge stone walls and a deep empty moat, and the leading gate and three gates exist as ruins of the castle.

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Name: Komoro Castle (aka Shirazuru Castle)
● Location: Komoro-shi, Nagano (map)
● Main building: Shingen Takeda/ Hidehisa Sengoku
-Castle: 1554/1590 years
-Remains: Tower units, 2 existing gates, Ishigaki, Kubori, Melody
Related: kaikoan GARDEN hp, Komoro CITY Tourism Association HP

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When the Komoro castle ruins became a waste after the abolition Castle of the Meiji period, although the zoo and the parking lot were installed, it seems to remain as a castle park without making the housing lot and the road of the residential area of most castles now though it was saved as a Kaikoan shrine and the Kaikoan garden by the hand of the old clan workers. First, we started the walk from the parking lot in front of the station (where SL is on display).

komoro-0837A guide map from the parking lot to the inside of the castle. The Gray is a stone wall, and the light blue part is apt to think that it is a mizubori. The blue circle is a toilet and a green square is a building. The three gates in existence seem to be on the other side of the station just ahead of the gate. Go to the castle.

komoro-0838a-0979When you enter the castle, the first thing you see is a huge tower gate on top of a black stone wall. It was built in the middle of the Edo period. This is on the back side, and it seems to go out of the parking lot to this place when entering the castle. Let’s take a look at the gate first.

komoro-0841a-0848sTo the front of the third gate. The first floor of the gate is a thick canopy (horizontal pillar between 1F and 2F), thick Kido and Wakato has a strong aspect that the iron plate is pasted, for the second floor impression drifts a little graceful atmosphere. The inside is a house style. This gate was built in the early Edo period by Mr. Sengoku, and it was rebuilt in the middle of Edo with a flood. The character of the sign of the Kaikoan garden over the gate is the one by the Tokugawa professionals who took over the Tokugawa Muneyoshi following the 15th (last) Shogun Tokugawa of the Edo shogunate (the successor was six years old).

komoro-0842Three-gate explanation board. Stand on the right side of the table.

komoro-0848a-846I went to the castle again. However, how much flood was the flood as this gate leaked? It seems that the stone wall was rebuilt at that time, and the other part (field area) is different, and the surface is neatly arranged in “implantation” style. The stump of the Super Big Tree which looks at the left back of the gate and the root was exposed is anxious. The stone wall of the lower part of the stump is a hover of the cut-in-cut which has been expanded so that it is piled up on the side wall of the third gate.

komoro-0848b-0844In the castle, the fence ahead of the three Gates is paid (adult 300 yen). The third gate itself is a free area. A colorful guide map in front of the fence. It’s nice to be colorful, but it’s been drawn too much, and it’s a little hard to read.

komoro-0848c-0966If you go beyond the toll station, the high stone wall will continue on the right. It seems to be a stone wall of two no Maru. The feeling that a huge stone is piled up freely. There is a small wooden bill in the middle of the stone wall.

komoro-0848d-0965It is said that the stone wall was recycled as a road curb immediately after the castle of ruins, and the soil for a long time remained exposed. There are a lot of cases where the castle wall is used for the construction of the vicinity after the ruins (for example, OMI Railway re-uses the stone wall of Mizuguchi Castle ). It is said that the stone wall was restored by using a larger rock in 1984, about 100 years later. But why did you say “I restored it using a bigger stone at that time”?

komoro-0849asFirst, go to the second round. The top of the stone wall on the right is No. 2 and the entrance is the other side. The road is bent so as not to advance straight. The folded destination is “the second place”.

komoro-0850a-0859sThis is the entrance to the two-round ruins. On the left side of the stone wall, there are thin stones like schist. The green schist of Tokushima Castle is famous for the stone wall of schist.

komoro-0851sTo the ruins of the two no Maru. It is written in the stone monument as “Tokugawa Shutadada sojourn when it goes to Sekigahara battle”. Hitadada is also stuck for 10 days to attack the Ueda Castle to defend the West Army’s Masayuki Sanada from here, to match the fierce counterattack of the few Sanada army, after that, and then somehow proceed to make a big blunder of late to the Sekigahara battle. Of course Ieyasu rages. At that time, I apologized to Ieyasu on behalf of Hidetada and got forgiveness, and it was Komoro Lord here. Moreover, it is said that there was “Shirazuru Castle” centering on here Shingen before Takeda’s building Komoro Castle.

komoro-0852Inside of the two no Maru. The surrounding area is surrounded by Earth base and remains firmly. The center is now like a flower garden? Something had been planted.

komoro-0853Looking down from the top of the 2-no-maru. A huge base remains still on the other side of the gate.

komoro-0857sThe ground base which seems to be a tower stand (Lookout tower) in the back of 2 No Maru. The lookout stand on the northeast end of the Lower castle?

komoro-0860They get off the second round There was a “Bando” in front of my eyes. The stone monument says, “the checkpoint where the stern gun and the spear etc. were erected”. The two monuments at the back are a monument to the Prince/Empress.

komoro-0862There was a “central gate” in the place of the Bando. The stone buried on the ground in the back of the wooden bill would be the cornerstone that supported the pillar of the gate. There is no explanation board in particular only by a wooden bill.

komoro-0866The destination of the central gate is Kitanomaru and Minami-Maru. Kita no Maru Mark was now in the archery dojo. The character is read from the right rather than “sense of morality” and “View Virtue”. This means that there is a word “the vessel of the Kantoku” in the Kyudo term, and it is possible to judge whether the discipline is strictly controlled through the fire.

komoro-0871The northern part of the Kyuno-maru (archery field) is located in the South Circle. Here is a long melody in one step high east and west. Moreover, the stone wall of this South circle is piled up unusually, and it is rare, and it was built in the end of the Warring States before and after Sekigahara. I feel the spirit of the Lord that the castle of the tumultuous period is not made to be absolutely fallen.

A big stone is buried in front of the entrance. The stone monument in front of it is called “Uguisudani stone”, and it is said that the legend that the cry of the Warbler was set up when there was a passage and the celebration of the Lord remains. The sound of the warbler did not ring especially though I passed. Let’s climb to the South Circle.

komoro-0872On the South Circle. The other side was a deep empty moat by the base of about 2m height which was enclosed in the stone wall by the L-shape. It is understood well that the stone wall is perpendicular when seeing from the top.

komoro-0874Deep empty moat looking down from the top of the South circle. It is like a hollow moat called “Kitani” located on the south side of the southern circle.

komoro-0879sGet off the South circle and go ahead. A wooden bridge called the Kuromon Ichiba Bridge was seven bridges across in the empty moat in front of the Honmaru. Honmaru If you cross this bridge.

komoro-0878From the top of the bridge, look down at the empty moat surrounding the Honmaru. It’s really deep digging! Surprise.

komoro-0880The bridge ahead is “Kuromon Ichiba”. The stone wall of the side is also crumbling now though it seems that a big gate which was suitable to defend the front of the Honmaru was built in two of the cornerstone. Kuromon Ichiba itself is transmitted to the relocated as the gate of the nearby Shoishoin ( reference ).

komoro-0882Kaikoan Shrine is enshrined in Honmaru. The history of the Kaikoan shrine that stood before crossing the bridge. History, enshrined, etc. are written in detail, but the rare thing is that the ruins and monuments that remain in the precincts are listed. There was a wooden (left Jingoro work) of the House Mitsukoushi and Kasuga bureau in the small shrine of the shrines side, and it is displayed in the museum on the entrance side now.

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Date of Visit: April, 2014
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