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Fukuyamashiro [1/2] The big castle of the bingo ten stone which remains immediately in front of the Shinkansen.

Fukuyamashiro [1/2] The big castle of the bingo ten stone which remains immediately in front of the Shinkansen.

In place of Fukushima Masanori, the Fukuyama Castle began entering the city of the Tokugawa Fudai by the Mizuno Katari, who entered the castle and the town, and named Fukuyama. Many buildings such as gates, palaces and turrets were relocated from Fushimi Castle. After the abolition of the Meiji era, there were several towers and gates in existence, but most of them were burnt by indiscriminate bombing of the U.S. military in August 1945. Afterwards, the building which was the main such as tower was rebuilt. Shinkansen Station Chica property.

Basic Data >
Name: Fukuyama Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima ( map )
-Castle: Katsuari Mizuno
Completion: 1622 (Motowa 8 years)
-Remains: Ishigaki, Fushimi Tower, Tower Gate
● Information: Japan 100 Meijo No.71 ( list )

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Fukuyama Castle is a rare castle that can be seen from Shinkansen home. When you come to Fukuyama by Shinkansen, go to the back home (Tokyo direction) by all means. The line in front of my eyes is JR Fukushio line. High stone wall rises beside the railroad tracks! The Shinkansen has gone through the honmaru of Mihara Castle, but Fukuyama is right. This difference.

This is relocated from Fushimi Castle , “Fushimi Tower” which endured the abolition of the Meiji period and the indiscriminate bombing of the U.S. military. Because it is too close to see from the castle, the trees are not visible in the way from the Honmaru, looking from the Shinkansen home is the coolest. Let’s see from the west side of the uplink home (Kyushu direction).

View from the front of JR Fukuyama station. The building of the red parapet which looks beyond a splendid high stone wall is “Moon Tower” (revival). It ashes to the ball that the traffic of the car is too much and cannot be seen calmly.

The Fukuoka Cultural zone map stands in front of the stone wall. The east half of the park is the castle ruins, the north is the shrine, and the Seibu Museum is built.

It goes to the castle ruins entrance by passing beside the high stone wall. There are also signs and markings on the stone walls. It seems to have been a considerably large castle although it was not the whole country.

The stone wall is too splendid to be in front of the station and it does not advance easily. A splendid stone wall in retrospect! The combination of the street light and the gas lantern of the Meiji era standing beside is nothing.

Fukuyamashiro Monument. The word restore appearance bothers me a little. (Because there is clearly a different part from the old photograph and does not restore appearance neatly)

This stone steps into the castle ruins. On the left side of the stone steps, there was a gun tower, and the outside was a uchibori. In addition, the Uchibori seems to have been buried all in the Fukuyama station construction.

The monument of Fukuyama Castle ruins in the place where the stone steps were raised. The monument is facing the Shinkansen home side.

There is an existing muscle iron gate in the place which falls to the entrance to the castle ruins. The atmosphere of the stone wall is a little different from the surroundings, and Lespedeza style. The brown window frame on the white plaster wall is the same combination as the tower seen in the old photo. It seems that the original tower was such a molding.

Explanatory board of Fushimi Tower and Myotetsu-no-kado. Nothing has been found about the Myotetsu gate of the one that the physical evidence was found at the time of the demolition repair about Fushimi Tower though both are relocated from Fushimi Castle, and the doubt seems to be exhibit in the explanation board.

The revival tower is seen beyond a wide honmaru when the muscle iron gate is exceeded. It seems that the tower did not look like this because the Honmaru palace was built here old times.

The “Fushimi-Goen” monument, located in the Honmaru South Lawn area. Part of the Honmaru Palace was “Fushimi Palace”. Are the stones under the stone monument the remains of the cornerstone?

Honmaru the bell tower on the west side. It is said that the building is existing, and has been greatly altered by the repair repeatedly.

Bell tower Explanatory board. Not only the bells that tell the time, but also the drums for convocation have been standing. It is said that the bell becomes four times a day by a fully automatic device! When I visited there, I could not hear the sound of bells. Sorry

The Honmaru in the southern tip of the water. A bath in an adjoining Honmaru Palace. Tower was burned down in the indiscriminate bombing as well, then revived. According to the monument in front of the building, this is also relocated from Fushimi Castle.

Honmaru Moon Tower in southeast corner. According to the monument, the relocated from Fushimi Castle. It was demolished in the Meiji era, but reconstruction with tower.

The Mirror tower on the north side of the Moon Tower. Unlike other turrets, there was no explanation board around it, but it was used as a document pavilion according to the pamphlet which was given at the time of tower admission.

Tower from Honmaru. It was just doing the Chrysanthemum exhibition at the visit, and the Honmaru Plaza was full of the tent which exhibited the chrysanthemum.

Fukuyama Castle ruins monument in front of tower. I regret that there is not a double moat left.

Tower entrance. Tower is the Fukuyama Castle Museum, and it was exhibited a lot of ancient documents and the transmitted goods related to the Fukuyama clan, but the interior was an old building of the Showa era, and the air conditioner (the fan was put) on the wall of the concrete bare was quite severe situation in summer. There is no exhibition which remained in impression by the photograph prohibition except the Observatory. At least, other than cultural properties (reproductions and panel exhibits, etc.) I would like to take a picture for later studies. From the entrance, you can see the golden crest of Mizuno and Abe, “Marusawa-Gata” and “The Hawk’s Feather”.

Tower the state of the top floor. The floor is concrete, but a strange atmosphere that the pillar and the wall are Kanishi in wood. There was a high space enshrined one step of the God shelf “it was in the tower before it burnt down”. There is no explanation board on the site (it turns out to come back and examine it on the net).

View from the observatory. Honmaru Square on the south side and station building of JR.

Looking north from the observatory, you can see a tennis court out of place and a splendid Western and mansion in the forest.

The red railing, the flower Head window, and the Mizuno family crest attached to the wooden door. The railing was lower than I thought. Tower the top floor of yesteryear covered the whole surface of the kido of wind rain, was not such a figure (reference: old photo before the war ).

Tower out and back to Honmaru. There are a lot of tents of the Chrysanthemum exhibition busy, but to a pine tree surrounded by bamboo fence which will stand out if there is nothing honmaru normal business. There is no explanation board here, but the Meiji Era Stone monument written in Chinese loanwords stood and was read diagonally, it is the one surrounding the Abe family 4th Fukuyama Lord Abe Masalun.

The tour of tower and Honmaru is made to this point, and it walks Ninomaru traces from the Natsume Tree Mikado ruins in northwest Honmaru.

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Date of Visit: November, 2013
Imaging Equipment: SONY NEX-C3
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