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Kamedaki Castle [1/4] The medieval mountain ruins of the Ishigaki building are sleeping in the mountains of eastern Shiga.

Kamedaki Castle [1/4] The medieval mountain ruins of the Ishigaki building are sleeping in the mountains of eastern Shiga.

The Kamedaki Castle is located on the south-east mountain of Nakasendo and Banba-juku, in the middle of the JR Maibara station, in the medieval fortress, which has been maintained by fellow seems Lords for a long time. It became the ground of the battle as “Castle of the boundary” of Mr. Asai in the north and Hex in the south when becoming the Warring States period. Lord was a local country person’s moat, and originally belonged to Asai way, but it flips to the ODA way at the time of the Anegawa battle. After that, Mr. Hori bought Nobunaga’s wrath and was expelled, and the sickle Blade Castle also became a deserted castle in that case. The structure of the castle is characterized by the position of the melody on the ridge extending to the three-way centering on the main Guo, not only ridge-like vertical moat and Horikiri, but also built a solid tiger mouth and the like using masonry. It is quite valuable as the mountain ruins of the masonry before weaving Yutaka system.

Basic Data >
Name: Sickle Blade Castle
● Location: Maibara-shi, Shiga ( map )
● Main building: Jiro Hori (Hori Hidemura)?
-Castle: Existence than before the fifteenth century
-Remains: Ishigaki, Melody, Kubori, ridge-like vertical moat

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It is a mountain castle, and the first figure is a rope. This time quote from the sign that was in the trailhead.

kamaha_map-1877Figure of the sickle Blade Castle. The left is the north, mainly in the main Guo, the three-way ridge stretches north, west and south. There is the north (major road) and the South (Seiryu waterfall). This time, we went to the South (upper right) of the castle to see the Seiryu waterfall from the forest of Takitani, and went down to reverse the major road extending from the north of Daihorikiri.

kamaha-1877The explanation board of the “Sickle Blade Ruins” which was located in the old Nakasendo. There are several paths through the elevated highway of Meishin Expressway, and “Hikone 42” is the leading path to the entrance of the Tajitani forest.

kamaha-1878s“Three kilometers from the castle ruins of the sickle blade” far! The guide board is built by this sign (around the car parked).

kamaha-1882To the Hikone 42, one of the roads passing through the elevated Meishin Expressway Expressway. It becomes one of three roads (the south) which continues to the sickle Blade castle ruins. Because the fence is done to the animal, let’s shut it open.

kamaha-1883Go through the elevated. It completely changes to the aspect of the post town till then, and it becomes a mountain road.

kamaha-1885Road forward for a while. It is easy to walk here because it is a forest path to Seiryu waterfall and valley muscle.

kamaha-1890If you think, go to the mountain path at once. Go along the valley in the direction pointing to the arrow.

kamaha-1891The valley muscle seen along the road. It looks like a ridge-like vertical moat, but is it natural terrain?

kamaha-1893sAfter a while, a concrete bridge across the valley appears. Across this bridge to the depths of the valley.

kamaha-1895There is a Seiryu waterfall in the back, and the road which is considerably maintained continues.

kamaha-1900When the mountain in the back is seen from this around, the ground ground which seems to be sickle blade ruins is seen far away. Don’t you see it in summer?

kamaha-1903It has nothing to do with the ruins of the castle, but along the path of the forest, masonry is built in some places to prevent landslides. It is fun to climb while watching this kind of thing.

kamaha-1905We arrived at Seiryu Falls.

kamaha-1907Overlooking the Seiryu waterfall from the top of the mountain path. It seems to be descended from the hit of the signboard above.

kamaha-1907a-1910There is one signboard about the sickle Blade Castle. “Water Hand”. It is said that this waterfall was in a position higher than the sickle blade Lord Guo, and the water was pulled from here to the castle by building the conduit. It plugs into the river, the water is flooded, and the overflowing water is dropped into the ditch and the gutter well, and it connects to the castle.

kamaha-1908The mountain path through the top of the Seiryu waterfall had been masonry so as not to crumble.

kamaha-1911If you go beyond the Seiryu waterfall, the entrance to the sickle blade ruins is coming soon. The place where this signboard is built becomes the entrance of the castle.

kamaha-1912On the south end of the castle is the “National Historic Site of Sickle Blade” explanation board. The rope name and Horikiri, etc. are written in detail, but the figure is not understood well what is honest (too much ruling is Ga如shi 過gitaru).

kamaha-1913Then, go up the mountain path behind the signboard and head for the sickle Blade Castle. It’s about 400m to the castle ruins, but it’s the entrance to the castle ruins.

kamaha-1914We went up the mountain path which was built to bypass the slope.

kamaha-1920After a while, you can see an artificial topography in the back!

kamaha-1921Cut through the ridge at the southern end of the castle area. It seems that it is not Horikiri but the road which crosses the ridge and exits to the other side. Was it a gate?

kamaha-1924A “cut-through” sign. A small green sign is built here and there in the castle in the sickle blade and it is easy to understand. The following road is written with the arrow so as not to be able to understand the direction of proceeding.

kamaha-1925From the cutting through, there is a “right” which crosses the ridge and goes up on the ridge, and “left” which rises in the mountain. This time, it seems to have been seen “seven moat” which was noticed on the ridge if the left passes in fact by selecting the right mountain path route.

kamaha-1925a-1928Cut through the south end of the sickle Blade Castle. The whole white is for the Rain (fog). The cross section shows that the bedrock was cut out forcibly. Amazing.

kamaha-1926Go through the cut and into the back road. It is a feeling of the road built slightly on the slope. Look down from the rope of the fall prevention and a fine height.

kamaha-1931The mountain path which was made on the slope is advanced.

kamaha-1932We passed the mountain path bypassing the ridge, but the castle ruins were on the ridge, so we finally went up the ridge.

kamaha-1934The stairs are made and it is a road which is easy to rise. It seems to go out to “Deputy Guo” on the south side of the main Guo.

kamaha-1936I arrived at the sub-Guo on the ridge. It is likely to show the tree of the felling prohibition that the blue vinyl tape is made a round-wound, and the comment with “Deer Shade” was received from the local person. Thank you very much!

kamaha-1939At the entrance of the deputy Guo, Horikiri.

kamaha-1940Horikiri of Deputy Guo.

kamaha-1942“Deputy Guo” description board. It is assumed that there was a cornerstone building. At the southern end, there was a huge base, and it was the cornerstone of the South’s defensive equipment. Let’s go to see.

kamaha-1943Sub Guo and explanation board. The direction of the arrow goes back to the main enclosure, so we go backwards. It might be a signboard for the person who came up from the Ridge Road (south) perhaps.

In Part2, we will explore “Nishi Guo” extending from the sub-Guo to the West ridge.

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Date of Visit: March, 2015
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