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Kagami Yamashiro [1/2] This is a stronghold of Mr. Ouchi, the guardian of the western country.

Kagami Yamashiro [1/2] This is a stronghold of Mr. Ouchi, the guardian of the western country.

In the Muromachi period, Kagami Castle was a stronghold of Mr. Ouchi, a patron daimyo in Western Setouchi, and at one time served as a patron of six countries. The castle of Kagami was built as a base for the rule of Aki country and became a place of contention between Mr. Hosokawa and Mr. Amako. In the Battle of the Kagami Yamashiro in 1523, he was following Mr. Amako and sacking the Mirror castle. Two years later, Mr. Ouchi recaptured the castle, but the stronghold was moved to a more steep Soma, and the castle was abandoned. Currently, the area is maintained as the Kagayama Park, and the Hiroshima University campus is located in the west. In the castle, a large number of wells and ridge-shaped vertical moat groups are also clearly left in addition to the huge Dobashi and Horikiri.

Basic Data >
Name: Kagami Yamashiro (Wikipedia)
● Location: Kagami-yama, Higashi-Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture ( map )
-Lord: Mr. Ouchi, Mr. Amako
● Castle: Late Nanbokucho-Muromachi period
-Remains: Ridge-shaped vertical moat Group, Horikiri, earth base, cut shore, Dobashi, well

Date of Visit: April, 2018
Visit to the Mirror Yamashiro-the one and two .

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kagamiyama-01_2611Mr. Ouchi’s Castle-Kagami Castle is located in Kagayama Park, just east of Hiroshima University’s Higashi-Hiroshima campus. On the south side of the Big Lake is a flat mountain mound of the mountain ruins.

kagamiyama-02_2614The huge castle ruins monument and the explanation board.

kagamiyama-03_2613What is the explanation Board “Mori Motonari in Higashi Hiroshima City related Ruins Guide”. The castle of the Guardian daimyo Ouchi, and the “Battle of the Kagami Castle” which was fallen down by the former Amako Army general, was a general of the military commander. It is very surprising that the explanatory board on it stands in a better position (next to the castle ruins) than the explanation board of the Mirror Castle itself. Is it that Hiroshima is pushing the Mouri family?

kagamiyama-05_2619In front of the big Bridge on the lake, there is an explanatory board of the castle ruins. Let’s look at this first.

kagamiyama-06_2617The Mirror mountain Ruins explanation board. The first appearance in the ancient manuscripts is 1465, but it is said to have been built from excavated products in the late Nanbokucho (around 1360). It is a castle of the so-called medieval soil composed of Horikiri, Kirikishi, and the vertical moat Group.

kagamiyama-07_2618The castle ruins are the Kagayama park, and the castle seems to have been maintained as a hiking course now. There are three routes to the castle, and now we go to the “Kagayama Park Route” from the north (top) to the summit. Because the lake is not drawn, it is difficult to understand, but it is in the above-described “Higashi-maru”. At that time, the Orange Line (south route) seemed to have been a major road.

kagamiyama-04_2615Let’s head for the castle, across a huge bridge on the lake.

kagamiyama-08_2620Because it is maintained as a hiking course, it is very easy to walk. It is 600 metres from the mountain trail A route.

kagamiyama-09_2621It reaches the turning point of the road when it climbs for a while, and a big explanation board is built there. The castle ruins are not road, but proceed to the top of the stairs.

kagamiyama-10_2623The Mirror mountain Ruins explanation board. The content is different from the explanation board at the bridge.

kagamiyama-51_2693_mapUp the rope map that is published in the description board. The red line is appended. Because the current location is not drawn on the explanation board, I do not know where I am now, but somewhere in the red line (because it is before the Horikiri group on the right side, where on the slope on the right? ). Probably now outside the figure on the right. Proceed along the arrow from here.

※ The hue is different from the explanation board of the same contents in the main enclosure because it posted.

kagamiyama-11_2625First of all, the slope rises at a dash. Because it is maintained as a hiking course, it is easy to climb.

kagamiyama-12_2626“Higashi-Izumaru” tentative name. The Tokyo-Maru which was drawn in the drawing which was at the bridge was the ground level in the upper right of the figure. It certainly turned from the mountain road to a little while ago, and suddenly became a slightly wide cutting level.

kagamiyama-13_2629The vertical moat at the tip of Higashi-maru. They peer under the guidance board

kagamiyama-14_2627It is hard to understand that it is covered with grass, but it is understood that the vertical moat falls down along the slope.

kagamiyama-15_2632This is a road that has been built by shaving bedrock.

kagamiyama-16_2634A guide board showing the ruins of Mt. Kagami. The mountain ruins such as Horikiri Group and the Melody Group start in earnest from this ahead although it was almost a trail up to here.

kagamiyama-17_2636A tororal place built on stone and earth base.

kagamiyama-18_2639When you cross the flat, Horikiri and Dobashi! The back shore is seen in the interior. On top of that, it hits five Guo.

kagamiyama-19_2640Dobashi Spectacular. It might have been a narrow bridge that the left and right lateral moat was also deep and steady, and only one soldier could pass.

kagamiyama-20_2641Dobashi and Horikiri seen from the side.

kagamiyama-21_2645When you cross the Dobashi, you will climb the mountain further along the perimeter of the five Guo.

kagamiyama-22_2648From here, you climb to the right to 5 Guo. It becomes the main Guo direction when advancing to the left back. Let’s drop a little into the five Guo.

kagamiyama-23_26505 Guo. It seems to be a wide cutting level, and there is a well.

kagamiyama-24_26535 Guo, aka Daaba below. A lot of melody which is called the Danba (Dan Field Power) is made in the Mirror castle. It is said that there is a ground base on the east side of the entrance.

kagamiyama-25_26525 Guo Wells. The “Gotemba” of the signboard in front of the well means the main Guo.

kagamiyama-26_2651When I looked into the frame of the well, a large hole enclosed by masonry was still open. I couldn’t see the water.

kagamiyama-27_2656Take a look at the foothills from the gaps in the five Guo trees. In the distance, I can see the edge of the lake when I first climbed. It seems to have climbed considerably.

kagamiyama-28_2657On the back of the five Guo, the top of the cut shore is two Guo. Naturally, it is not possible to go directly from Coco, and it goes in all around.

kagamiyama-29_2659The outer periphery of the 5 Guo was greatly cut and the cut shore of the steep angle was formed. It seems to be difficult to climb directly when there is no ladder in this angle and to attack.

kagamiyama-30_2660And this is the ground base on the east side of the entrance of 5 Guo. It plays a role that the inside is not seen from under the entrance of 5 Guo.

kagamiyama-31_2661Let’s get off the 5 Guo and head towards the main Guo. Head towards the Daaba in Gotemba.

kagamiyama-32_2662Narrow Castle Road connecting the 5 Guo and 4 to 3 Guo. A big stone was also rumbling, and did these play the role which pressed the gate and the road at that time? The small melody that appears in the left corner is 4 Guo.

kagamiyama-33_26634 Guo. It becomes the entrance of the route which goes up from the south to the castle here, and it seems to be a small but masugata tiger mouth construction.

kagamiyama-34_2668In front of the four Guo, a guide board called “the major gate mark of the tentative name” is also built. There is also a boulder. If you make a big gate here, you will not be able to enter only through the gate because it is a slope right and left.

kagamiyama-35_26644 Guo Explanation board. It is written that the stone wall is built in the South Guo group side, and there is a ground base and the stone wall which extend from 3 Guo, but it was not able to distinguish the soil base and the stone wall clearly in the locale.

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Date of Visit: April, 2018
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-T10 + XF10-24mm
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