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Okayama Castle [1/4] to the large tower the expression is completely different on the rearm side with the major side.

Okayama Castle [1/4] to the large tower the expression is completely different on the rearm side with the major side.

Okayama Castle, the son of Naoki ferocious Ukita who captured the place in the Warring States Period, became a large feudal lord in the Toyotomi administration, and began to build a modern castle with six layers tower in this land in 1597. In accordance with the administration’s alternative to the Tokugawa from Toyotomi, Okayama Lord also changed from Mr. Umi to Mr. Kobayakawa and Mr. Ikeda, and the castle was extended each time. After the restoration, the moat other than the inner moat was buried, and the Honmaru of a part of the inner moat remained almost, although the Minowa and Sanno Maru disappeared by urbanization. The buildings were also honmaru in the tower and some of the tower and castle gates remained intact, but in 1945, it was almost burnt down by the indiscriminate bombing of the U.S. military. Only one tower is in existence in the Honmaru. In 1966, the Tower and gates of the exterior reconstruction were rebuilt with reinforced concrete.

Basic Data >
● Name: Okayama Castle (Golden Crow Castle) (Wikipedia)
● Location: Okayama-shi ( map )
● Main building: Hideya Ukita
● Castle: 1597 (Keicho 2 years)
-Remains: Moon Tower, stone wall, melody, inner moat
● Information: Japan 100 Meijo No.070 ( list )

Visit to Okayama Castle links to each page: one , two , three , four .

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To Okayama Castle, there is a route which enters from the Rearm Gate (Corridor Gate) through the root entering from the major gate on the south side and the Korakuen Garden in the north (one of the gardens that Okayama Lord built, Japan three large gardens). This time, I go through the paradise and go to the rearm route across Asahikawa.

Special Scenic spot Okayama Korakuen (Paradise). One of Japan three large gardens, along with the Kairakuen Paradise in Mito (Paradise) and Kenrokuen in Kanazawa. The set tickets for Okayama Castle and Koraku-en are usually 560 yen, but spring and autumn do not sell the common ticket for special exhibitions in the castle. At the time of the visit (2014.3) was just a special exhibition of spring, “the era of the life of Kuroda Kanbei” was doing a “taiga of a plan exhibition”. For the period of the special exhibition, only tower is 800 yen ya. And high.

I discourage to go into the Korakuen garden. The weather is bad, but there are some customers. It is Japan three large gardens. The Black Tower of Okayama Castle is seen beyond the vast land of Korakuen.

The tour of Korakuen is postponed, and it goes to Okayama Castle fast.

The South Gate exit of Korakuen Garden. From here, you can go out of paradise (re-enter) and in front of your eyes is a natural water moat, Asahikawa. When you go right along the river, there is a moon bridge.

The tower of Okayama Castle is seen from the top of the Moon Bridge. The large tower was in existence until 1945, but here also destroyed two months before the end of the war in the indiscriminate bombing of the US Army. The concrete Reconstruction (appearance restoration) was made in 1966. The killer whale is said to have made gold according to the Ukita age. One tower in the castle is in existence. In addition, several gates and clay fences have been restored.

I went across Asahikawa and finally to the castle in Okayama. It is divided into three steps (the upper part with the tower, the middle where the shoin was, and the lower one now) in the Honmaru in the Honmaru all ahead. The corridor gate which hits the Rearm gate is seen in front of the right. Let’s enter here.

First, the corridor gate. It is called a corridor bridge because it has become a corridor which passes the upper part (the book house) and the top in the middle of this on old times according to the explanation board now although it is a single tower gate. The same period as the reconstruction of Tower, and rebuilt with reinforced concrete in 1966.

Corridor Gate Description Board. In the castle, there is a description board with a color photograph and an old type explanation board without the photograph. Post a picture of the new description board. The hallway on the second floor of the corridor Gate was Lord dedicated.

The stone wall on the right toward the corridor gate. The stone of feeling that the surface was made to be beaten really is stacked up in a messy way. It is a method called implantation.

The Ishigaki explanation Board of the Yagurashita. There seems to be a small closet tower on this. It is not the one of the Ukita age but the one when the middle school was added in the Edo period Ikeda period. It says that there is a stamp, but it was not able to be found.

Go beyond the corridor gate to the middle “omote shoin”. Looking at the drawing of the Guide board, it seems that most of the middle area was a building. Now that there is no table shoin in existence, it has become a white square.

The upper tower looked up from the middle. The middle ground tells you where and what the room was. It seems to have been a considerably terrible palace.

In addition to the non-existent table shoin in the middle, there are some towers and gates around it, and there seems to be some existing ones. First of all, the tower of this stage is seen, it descends to the middle again, and the middle of the tour is done. Because it rises from the back to the upper part, it crosses the middle part first. The three steps that I saw on the way were the main entrance of the front gate.

There is also a big tower gate at the back of the middle. Go up from here to the top. However, according to the explanation board, the old Times is always closed. It seems to have been the gate without opening (unknown gate). This is a concrete rebuilding in 1966, too. The boulders on the left side of the gate are written in “Okayama Junior high School Semba”.

I looked down from the upper part across the unknown gate. The bottom left of the bay window was the dead branches which had grown from the stone wall when thinking whether a big crack had entered, and seeing well. It was good.

A little further away from the top. The upper tower is considerably larger than the lower gate! It is an unknown gate which is not usually used when it is such a splendid gate.

The history of Okayama Castle is a commentary board standing in the unknown gate. Although it seems to be a long time ago that there was a castle in this place rather than Okayama Castle (fort), it was built tower in the place to be seen now, the Chinese local three great plot of China that boasted the power in the Warring States period of one of the former family of the world, including the neighboring countries under the Hideyoshi administration of the Japanese) From becoming a great lord. After that, it is said that it is admission, and the child of Himeji Lord Ikeda Teramasa becomes Okayama Lord, and the castle is expanded in two years though Hideaki Kobayakawa which became the trigger of the Sekigahara East Army victory in the place of punishment because it attached to the West Army in Sekigahara after that.

Okayama Castle Tower seen from the top of the upper part. Because a group visitor had been in front of a tower, I hid it in tree planting. A gazebo-type tower with a gazebo that looks like a three-layer or four-layer tower on a large two-layer turret. It is thought, and the tower of “three-tier sixth floor” which put three towers of two layers on top according to the pamphlet. It seems to be so if said so. It looks like a group of guests went inside, so let’s go ahead and take a look.

Tower squarely more. Looking at the direction of the roof, I put a two-layer tower on top of a two-layer horizontal tower, and understood the structure which put a gazebo on further. It has a very sharp hue because the killer whale tile and the tiles are golden. The impression that differs considerably from the figure seen from the back side (along Asahikawa) might be the one caused by the shape of the tower stand. The other side is pointed (the Pentagon).

It is more cool to look at the Okayama Castle Tower from a little diagonal than to see from the front. If you look closely, the roof tiles on each of the roofs, the top three are gold-plated, but the lower three layers remain black. The bottom four layers are white plaster, and the upper two layers remain black. It gives a completely different impression at the top and the bottom.

From a little more diagonal. It tilted a little diagonally, and the salt in the foreground grew too much. However, I feel the three-dimensional feeling. If you look from the front, the cross section is too straight and the structure does not feel too much the three-dimensional feeling, or the identity of discomfort.

Because the tower is an appearance restoration, the inside is concrete. Because it is the contents of the Museum of History, the exhibits are presented in Part2 in the main view (the photo NG, the other is OK) as you see when actually entering.

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Date of Visit: March, 2014
Imaging Equipment: SONY NEX-C3
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