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Takatori Castle [1/6] Japan one of the three Daiyamashiro, huge Ishigaki group standing on the mountain.

Takatori Castle [1/6] Japan one of the three Daiyamashiro, huge Ishigaki group standing on the mountain.

Takatori Castle was originally built as a bastion of the South dynasty in the Nanbokucho era, but the huge castle remains as a castle in the early modern period, which was renovated as a control over the Yamato-Koriyama relocation of the Tensho (1585), Shuhei Hashiba. After the Kan’ei, Mr. Honda, and so on, he became the lord of the Tokugawa Fudai (1640), and served over 230 years until the end of the Edo period. It is a huge castle crowned a total stone wall and triple tower and numerous tower gates. In the Meiji 23, all of the buildings were destroyed, although the building was left behind after the retirement decree. Now, high stone walls and the ruins of the gate remain. Although the stone walls in the vicinity of the Honmaru and the two-no-maru are restored, the gates and samurai mansion ruins are largely neglected and are collapsing in various places.

Basic Data >
● Name: Takatori Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Takatori-machi, Takaichi-gun, Nara Prefecture ( map )
● Main building: Ochi Kunisumi/Honda Toshihisa/Uemura Kasei
-Castle: Around 1332/1589 around/1640
-Remains: High stone wall, tiger mouth marks, Horikiri, wells, etc.
● Information: Japan 100 Meijo No.61 ( list )

Links: Visit to Takatori Castle (all six times) one , two , three , four , five , six .
* The old visit (201310) which climbed by Shing Ji-500 Arhan route is here → one , two .

Visit >

The vast Takatori castle ruins. There are many times, but this time, to take a Banff National Park time in the castle, climb the forest road by car, start to stroll from the foot of the seven wells.

Since there is no guide to the map of the territories, the description based on the GPS log data. Start strolling from the seven wells that came up the roadway. Takatori Castle is a vast, main part of the Honmaru ~ Tower units ~ Kunukura ~ not only monkey stone, but also go to see the stone walls remaining in the Horikiri group (Yaroku Horikiri, Okaguchi Gate) and Samurai Mansion group ruins on the tip of the castle road extending from there to each ridge.

First of all, we went from the stone steps of seven wells to the second round.

A steep stone steps continue to the top. There are a lot of well-Guo places which are composed by the side, and it is a reason of the name of seven wells.

“Nantu well” signboard. A huge stone wall that supports Guo in the interior.

From this area, you can see a glimpse of the castle that was the total stone wall. They grow up fast

The view that was covered with vegetation opened at once, and the tower stand of a huge masonry came into view!

While suppressing the desire to go to the stone wall early, along the road to the left to the right.

From the part of the last Guo of seven wells, it sees the stone wall of the two no Maru towering on that. The color of the stone wall is completely different. Because it seems that the stone wall of the two-maru is considerably a hand of maintenance (or the load re-reload), is the kind of moss had been taken all? The view spot where the difference is understood well.

Beyond the seven wells, we finally went to the castle of the second round. Of course, this is going to be a place like the back door and Rearm gate.

The maze of a huge, complex stone wall was built on the mountain suddenly looking back. The top of the stone wall at the back is Honmaru. Let’s go to the end.

The stone wall of the two no Maru where the stone steps were climbed up. There is no kind of moss, and the stone wall which seems to have been piled up considerably or neatly scraped off. A random pile of relatively round stones. However, the stone is too beautiful for the age, and it is indeed unnatural. It’s really powerful.

Well, I discourage to the castle from the gate ruins. The name of the castle gate was not written though there was a picture of the gate in the Nahari figure.

The wall and the road are curved to the left in front when entering, and the structure which does not put it in the two no Maru immediately.

When the right side was seen, a huge stone wall was assembled to flatten the slope. And, it is understood that the moss is quite attached to the stone wall on this side.

Let’s go through the folded road to the second-round. The front is Honmaru, and the tallest stone wall is tower units. On top of that, there was a large tower of triple.

This is the enclosure on the second stage of the two no Maru. Name unknown. Is this round belt a melody, or does it hit the part of the 2 No Maru here?

On the left side, the tower stand by the stone wall was built like the soil base which defended the outside of Guo. Each corner tower was built at the left and right ends (Taiko tower and new tower). They go out of the right side

To the outside. It is said that it was built a multi-mon tower so that it straddles the stone wall of the left and right here. It is named “15th Tammon Tower” because there is a length between fifteen. The between one is about 1.8 m and is about 27m.

This is a two-round mark. The Lord’s palace was built. There is a corner tower mark in the back, so let’s visit later.

A further step down the gate from the second round. It seems to have been a magnificent gate which was folded and was built on the left and right of a very huge ishigaki stand.

A huge gate to the outside of the castle from the second round. Juzima Tamonmon Tower Ruins, and the signboard was built. I wonder if the meaning of the gate attached to the multi-mon tower which stood on the stone wall on the other side rather than the gate was strong.

It becomes an elongated enclosure when going out of the Juzima, and it leads to the Sanno Maru (Samurai Mansion Group) through the major gate mark when advancing straight as it is.

From around the major gate, I look toward the second no Maru.

I went out of the big gate and went to the Sanno Maru. From here, the Long Castle Road continues to the castle town of the foot, and it becomes an area where the samurai residence lined from the left and right. The road is not only straight, but also to the right and to the left, the impression of the leading gate in front of the castle. If you go to the right to the Yoshino Mouth Gate (visit later), go to the left to the Tsubosaka mouth gate (this time not visited), go straight to the second gate (visit).

The explanatory board that was in front of the major gate is a map of the historic site Takatori Castle ruins Otemachi. From here, Honmaru to 289m (fine) and 4.5 km to Tsubosakayama Yama station! The Blue line on the map is the roadway, and the red line is only a walk.

Look back at the big gate. The stone wall on the right side is piling up a considerable boulder and it is great power. The big gate gates themselves were just around the corner, not here, right down the road. Alias “The Gate”.

Go straight from the major gate and aim at the second gate. It is a road in the forest now, but there used to be a samurai house lining the side. The more you say, the better.

On the left side of the road, there was a “Shiroshiro mansion” according to the drawing. The stone wall is buried in the back of the withered grass. The board which seemed to be a signboard was set up, but the surface of the signboard was covered with moss, and it cannot read at all.

Let’s aim at the monkey Stone while passing through each gate built along the Castle Road. The first is “Chihaya gate”. The origin is probably derived from the castle “Chihaya” of Ohkusunoki. When this castle was originally built in the Nanbokucho period, it was a castle to defend the South morning of Yoshino with the Chihaya Castle of Ookusunoki as a fort in the South morning. I wonder whether it is the one in the historical history. The gate was built at the right side, and it had become a disagreement tiger mouth here.

The stone wall of Chihaya. It becomes the stone wall in the circumference of the Shiroshiro mansion seen before. It is quite splendid for the stone wall of the mansion. It is a shirodai indeed. The castle is a retainer that is entrusted to protect the castles instead of the daimyo or Lord as the letter.

The next gate is “UDA Gate”. I wonder if this is the name of the land of the same Yamato country. This is the same type as the Chihaya gate, with the gate at the port of disagreement.

From UDA. The other side of the stone wall of the front is the Samurai mansion, and on the right is the outer wall of the UDA.

Full view of UDA gate. There are a lot of cedar trees, but there is a fine height difference at the top and bottom of the gate, and the long square wall of the foot which tells it is cool.

The Samurai Mansion area is still continuing.

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Date of Visit: December, 2015
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-M1 + XF14mm
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