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Momii Castle: The mountain ruins of Tanba Kunshu, a huge horikiri and clear Dobashi.

Momii Castle: The mountain ruins of Tanba Kunshu, a huge horikiri and clear Dobashi.

Momii Castle is a medieval fortress built on the mountaintop atop the old highway of Tamba, and it is said to be the castle of Mr. Momii, who is also known as Mr. Hatano’s influential officer. It is written in the ancient document that it attacked “Momi Pavilion” in October Tensho five years in the Tanba attack of Akechi. It is a typical medieval ren Guo fortress with a melody and Horikiri along the ridge extending from the summit to all sides, but it is not so big but it is characteristic of the great Horikiri and Dobashi. Mr. Momii’s Momii Castle is one of “three Dai Tanba country, the East Yamashiro” as well as the work place Castle of Mr. Hatano’s Hachion Castle and Araki.

Basic Data >
Name: Momii Castle
● Location: Sasayama City, Hyogo Prefecture ( map )
-Main building: Mamoru Momii Shita
● Castle: Around the 15th-16th century
-Remains: Melody, Horikiri, Dobashi, earth base, etc.

Visit Time: 2016.5

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momii-jo-0037The trail to the Momii castle ruins is maintained. On the western slopes of the Zen Chang Zen Temple, located on the south side of the Castle Mountain, there is a gateway.

momii-jo-0038Entrance to the Momii Castle Ruins Park. If you look at this picture, there is no way, but if you go up a little, you will see a trail that has been maintained.

momii-jo-mapEbisubashi Kosho Publishing “The Illustrated Kindai No fortress III” p.421 cited. Because there is no explanation board with a rope, etc. In the castle ruins, I will explain the whole picture by quoting from a book. The crest area is the main enclosure, and a tune ring spreads along the ridge road extending to the east and south sides. It arrives at the south Road when going up from the mountain trail. Let’s go to see all the melody groups of East and south.

momii-jo-0040The state of the mountain trail. After a while, a mountain path with a prepared staircase appears. It’s not always a staircase, but only a steep area of stairs is installed.

momii-jo-0042The signboard which seems to be fork when going up the Ridge Road. It is written, “to the east circumference Momii Castle” when advancing to the right. This is the way to reach the eastern ridge. The ridge in the east is going on the way back, and it goes straight up first and aim at the tune group in the south.

momii-jo-0043Gazebo on the way. A resting place However, the impression that it does not go even one third of half yet.

momii-jo-0047A large cenotaph was installed on a little of the resting place.

momii-jo-0048a-0046And, the flak (turret only) was installed in front of the Cenotaph for some reason. Handwriting in cenotaph would be related to being an army general?

momii-jo-0048b-0045When I looked inside the turret, the rifle was attached. It’s real.

momii-jo-0049They go up the mountain path This area is moderate.

momii-jo-0052Go down a while and go up a deep dug road like a cut.

momii-jo-0055Is this upsurge a ground base or something at the time of the castle?

momii-jo-0057It is difficult to understand in the photograph, but it looked like a vertical moat with the naked eye. The ditch has been dug vertically long in the slope. And, the climb road is a shape which bypasses the right side of the photograph. The place of the vertical moat wind might have gone up originally.

momii-jo-0059The way to go up a detour. The road bends to the left to the right. It becomes an area that is described in the beginning of the rope-clad figure from this. It is a tip of the South Tune group. It is difficult to understand in the photograph, and Horikiri is made in front of the climax of the front side. At that time, the left and right were deeply horikiri ~ vertical moat, and it would have been a castle path through a thin Dobashi in the center

momii-jo-0060Horikiri at the bottom of south of the wheel group.

momii-jo-0061Horikiri of the South Melody Group. It is somewhat easy to understand from a diagonal view.

momii-jo-0064To a tune on another stage. The road extends to the left and right to bypass the ground base of the front (inflection wheel).

momii-jo-0071To the main Guo. This is the main enclosure. The road which climbs directly from here to the main Guo is made on the slope, and perhaps this is a road which accompanies the park making, and it is originally a route from the left side to the West Tune Group, and it was a root from there toward the main Guo.

momii-jo-0072Then, it turns to the left, it bypasses the west side toward the main Guo, and it first goes to the West song group.

momii-jo-0075Overlooking the west coast of the west Ridge from the west of the main Guo. The giant Horagiri is block between the two inflection rings. Let’s get down.

momii-jo-0082It is a huge horikiri which divides the West Melody Group. The front is the main Guo, and the front is west. It’s pretty deep.

momii-jo-0087The great Horhokiri of the West song Ring group. It is not understood in the photograph, and the upsurge like a thin dobashi is seen in the left and right ends of horibottom in the feeling seen in the locale. It feels like there is only one hole in the Shoji moat. Is it a gimmick like shooting the enemy who was addicted to the center in the mud?

momii-jo-0093Then, it will go up from the West song Ring and head to the main Guo. The slope to the main enclosure is made.

momii-jo-0094Momii to Lord-Guo. A stone monument is seen in the back though the main Guo is planting the cedar.

momii-jo-0095There was a dent that was scraped off in the main Guo Southeast. Whether it is a tiger mouth mark or recent processing, I did not understand well.

momii-jo-0096It is a dent mark of the main Guo here. Is it recessed or is it convex?

momii-jo-0098The castle ruins monument in the back of the main Guo. It is written, “Paddy Castle Park”. It is a stone monument of a peculiar texture.

momii-jo-0101sIt was erected in Taisho 13, and it was a stone monument built in the commemoration of Higashimiya.

momii-jo-0102There was a place where charcoal was piled up in the central part of the main Guo. It seems to be a mark that the tree was burnt here by the festival or something.

momii-jo-0106Let’s go from the main Guo to the north and see the north.

momii-jo-0109North of the wheel. I can see the ground base in the back.

momii-jo-0113I look back to the main Guo area from the back of the soil base. The level of the steps was low.

momii-jo-0115a-0148To the back beyond the soil base of the North Bend. Horikiri and Dobashi in the back, I think the best point of interest in the castle.

momii-jo-0116I looked down from the top of the Earth base, Horikiri and Earthbase (right).

momii-jo-0119Slightly different angle. I can understand it from the top!

momii-jo-0127It descends from the bottom and it looks up at the Dobashi and the cut shore of the North inflection wheel.

momii-jo-0128a-0142The remaining sore of the splendid Dobashi. A defensive facility that leaves a narrow path, scraping the left and right deeply, and attacking one person at a time.

momii-jo-0131The tune ring extends ahead further from the Dobashi. The front was bent to the left, and it was the entrance of the castle from the north side.

momii-jo-0134The tip of the north of the wheel group. The one like the narrow Horikiri is drawn also in the Nahari figure, and it was seen the place where left and right recessed slightly under this slope even in the locale, and the impression is thin compared with the previous Dobashi.

momii-jo-0168It passes from the north to the main Guo east to the east and the wheel group. There is only one horikiri left, and there are some places where it seems to be cutting plain. Here is the Horikiri mark of the east of the wheel group. Shallow. I go down the ridge and descend.

momii-jo-0171There was also a guide board written to the castle Momii the way, there is also a person to climb from this road (i.e. a decent mountain trail) and relieved that it is that the road is no longer the last to go down fast after this, I was halfway forced to descend while dividing the bamboo grove.

momii-jo-0172The road is lost in a steep slope and the end is a road which is thrust into bamboo grove. It seems to have had to turn to the right somewhere and to join to the fork of the first mountain road to be descended.

momii-jo-0178Momii Castle ruins distant.

About 20 minutes one way, the medieval mountain ruins that can be a little over 1 hour from the castle to the descent. I want to stop by all means when visiting the Tamba Yamashiro group centering on Hachijo Castle.

Date of Visit: May, 2016
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-M1 + XF14mm
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