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Matsushiro Castle [Part1] The castle of the Sanada family Manishi beautifully restored to the figure of the Edo period

Matsushiro Castle [Part1] The castle of the Sanada family Manishi beautifully restored to the figure of the Edo period

Matsushiro Castle is originally called Kaizu Castle, and it is said that Takeda Shingen, who has advanced to Shinano, is a castle built as a base for the Kawanakajima battle with Uesugi Kenshin. It is transmitted with the construction by Yamamoto Kansuke. After the destruction of Mr. Takeda’s Lord, Nobuyuki Sanada became lord in the Edomae period, and it developed with the castle town as a base of Sanada ten Manishi. The castle of the current stone building seems to have been renovated at that time. Renamed Matsushiro Castle by the life of the year 1711. Only a part of the stone wall remained after the abolition castle in the Meiji era, but the tower gate, wooden bridge, stone wall, soil base etc. were restored at a dash based on the ancient documents in Heisei.

Basic Data >
Name: Matsushiro Castle (aka Kaizu Castle)
● Location: Nagano-shi ( map )
● Built Principal: Takeda Shingen/Sanada Nobuyuki
-Castle: circa 1560/since 1622
-Remains: Ishigaki, Uchibori, Melody, New Palace (Sanada House)
Related: Sanada treasure HALL hp, Nagano city HP

Visit Period >

matsushiro-0517There seems to be “South entrance” and “North entrance” in the castle ruins, but admission from the south entrance which corresponds to main (front). This is the South Gate of the second no Maru. It is only a part of the stone wall and the soil base remains now. The Matsushiro castle ruins are seen here and there a splendid stone wall, but it seems that there is a considerable restoration in the stone wall in the great improvement of Heisei which restored the tower gate and the wooden bridge. (Reference: environmental improvement of Matsushiro Castle ruins-Nagano CITY website)

matsushiro-0518The monument of the “National Historic Site Matsushiro Castle”, located in front of the Sannomiya Minami Gate. It is also designated as a historic site of the New Castle of the Sanada family remains in the south. I will visit here later.

matsushiro-0518a-0578It is a guide board with the whole map which stands in front of the second ROH Maru South Gate. There is a square honmaru enclosed by the stone wall in a splendid uchibori and the inside, and there seems to be a second round surrounded by the ground base in the circumference. Tower, the double-layered turret at the northwest end of the Honmaru (“IRU Inui”) was a tower alternative.

matsushiro-0521The restored splendid Honmaru entrance “Taiko Gate”. The castle is a combination of the wooden bridge, the gate, the Masugata and the Tower gate. This place is sometimes used for filming movies, for example, in the castle of the conceited, and the scene in which one of Takikawa’s arrival at “Kiyozu Castle” is told that the meeting is over.

matsushiro-0523Taiko Gate and Taiko Gate Maebashi explanation board. It is said that the figure and the position of the old Times faithfully based on the content of the excavation investigation and the ancient documents were restored though the character is small and difficult to read because it is two sets.

matsushiro-0525After seeing the stone wall and the moat around Honmaru, let’s enter the Honmaru. The drum gate seen from a little namame. Pretty cool. By the way, this splendid Uchibori was “completely reclaimed” after the Meiji era, and it was confirmed the place by the excavation investigation based on an old picture from the situation where it was a moat mark don’t even and restored. The stone wall of the part that a little sticking out that the bridge is Masugata was broken with the moat reclamation, and it is compared with the Honmaru side and a new feeling of masonry is made. The photo of the moat buried in front of the restoration is seen in the website of Nagano City .

matsushiro-0526First, we went west along Uchibori. The inner moat which draws the curve along the soil base which was hardened neatly.

matsushiro-0527The explanatory board of the Matsushiro Castle revived. The contents of the documents are restored after confirming the consistency of the actual excavation results. It seems that not only the stone wall and the moat but also the ground base are restored (the green part of the drawing). Although the existing soil base is often cut off considerably, the restoration soil base is more powerful than the stone wall which has been raised beautifully. Let’s do the base tour later.

matsushiro-0530Honmaru Ishigaki Southwest end. The stone wall is a comparatively gradual angle. If you look at the degree of processing, is it like a child between the field loading and the implantation? If you look closely, the corner is rough masonry, but on the right side of the cherry blossoms, it seems that the horizontal eye is firmly aligned. Is it a trace of the restoration of Heisei or the repair in the Edo period?

matsushiro-0531From the southwest end, I look toward the Taiko gate Maebashi.

matsushiro-0532sHonmaru to the northwest of the 2-no-maru area. The restored soil base surrounds the west side of the second round. The toilet and the management building and the part of the bend of the L character (outside of the building) are put in 100 Meijo stamps and do not forget to push it. There seems to be a burial gate in part of the ground base, too.

matsushiro-0537The burial gate which exits to the north was restored in the middle of the soil base which extends to the west side Honmaru. The burial gate is an underpass gate which pierced a hole in the stone wall, and a lot of examples are seen in the modern castle such as Himeji Castle. Boulders are placed so that they do not collapse on the roof of the burial gate. It would have been quite difficult to bring this boulder up here in the Edo period.

matsushiro-0538sThe Honmaru direction is seen along the ground base from the burial gate. The Honmaru and the main gate were the stone wall-making, and the surrounding melody which started the two no Maru was a ground base from the Shingen Castle age. It was now a playground for children (shooting for the moment the child descended…).

The other side of the burial gate becomes the north side of the two no Maru, and there is a rearm gate from Honmaru there, and it goes out from there and it walks, and it goes back to the taiko gate of the front once.

matsushiro-0541a-0643To Taiko Gate and Taiko Gate Maebashi. Open Gate! … The gate was open.

matsushiro-0541The stone wall and Uchibori seen from the bridge.

matsushiro-0542The “Bridge gate” facing the moat leads to the Taiko gate. Although the bridge gate is small and weak feeling compared to the drum gate in the back (although it will not be able to break through easily there is a gun shooting from the left and right continued fence), even if this is attacked in the back to beat here, because it is arranged have always found all together to meet at the back of the “Masugata Toraguchi”, No problem.

matsushiro-0543a-0545I entered the bridge gate. A form called “Koryo Gate” with a small roof on the back pillar. The left and right of the fence is lined with gun gap and arrow. The inside of the gate is like a narrow room surrounded by a stone wall between the next drum gate (called the Masugata), and it becomes the place where the enemy soldiers who lost the refuge can be breaking by salvo.

matsushiro-0544sMasugata from inside, watch the Taiko gate. Of the three gates guarding the Honmaru, the drum Gate of 11.8 m in height was the largest one. It is called “Taiko Gate” because there was a drum to tell the time on the second floor.

matsushiro-0545a-0547I entered the Taiko gate and sold the drum gate inside from the Honmaru side. The huge log that rides on top of the control column has a length that crosses the stone wall of the left and right.

matsushiro-0546sHonmaru to the inside. At the time of the visit, there were many tourists who thought that it was a cherry blossom season in April. The combination of the blue sky and the cherry blossoms shines very much. It is said that a Honmaru palace was built almost in the site of Honmaru.

matsushiro-0549The explanation board of the stone wall and the Honmaru Palace ruins located near Honmaru Center. When the main part is written down because the character is small, the stone wall of Matsushiro Castle is a characteristic one piled up various natural stones of large and small, and the stone wall of the IRU Inui Tower ruins in Honmaru northwest especially is assumed to be the old Early Modern age (= Edo early) in the castle. The height and the beauty of the gradient have shown the height of the technology of Masonry at that time. The modified and lost parts of the Meiji period were repiled in the same method as at that time. As for the ruins of the Honmaru, the palace was moved to the “Flower Circle” in southwest Honmaru by the time of the Edo period when the palace was built in Honmaru, and the flood was caused frequently by the fire in 1717 after it burnt. Looking at the right drawing (1751), you can see that most of the Honmaru premises were buildings.

matsushiro-0550a-0602The drum gate which I saw from around the explanation board. The stone steps of the drum gate to the second floor of the tower are visible towards the left, but the general public seems not to have been built on the premise that the interior is open to the restoration (maybe not?).

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Date of Visit: April, 2014
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-M1 + XF14mm
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