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Fukuoka Castle [1/3] to the mark of the diplomatic mission “Hongyacata Kan” excavated in the castle ruins

Fukuoka Castle [1/3] to the mark of the diplomatic mission “Hongyacata Kan” excavated in the castle ruins

Fukuoka Castle was built as a castle by Kuroda Nagamasa (son of Kuroda Kanbei), who was given a 50 million stone from the Tokugawa clan due to his achievements in Sekigahara. Tower is unclear whether there was a tower there. Honmaru Ninomaru and Sanmaru ruins are now maintained as Maizuru Park, and several buildings, such as the stone walls of Tower, Honmaru and Ninomaru, and the Tammon Tower and the memorial tower exist. On the east side of the Ninomaru (formerly Heiwadai Baseball stadium), there is a diplomatic facility “Hongyacata Kan” in the Heian period, and this excavation is also underway.

Basic Data >
Name: Fukuoka Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka ( map )
● Built Principal: Kuroda Nagamasa
● Castle: 1601 (Keicho)
-Remains: stone wall, moat, multi-mon Tower/Memorial Tower
● Information: Japan 100 Meijo No.85 ( list )

Visit >

From JR Hakata Station, get off at Akasaka station by City Subway. A 5-minute walk from the entrance to Maizuru Park with Fukuoka Castle ruins. On the left side of the road is the Nakabori ruins, and the bridge over to the park is “Upper Bridge” and “inferior bridge” in the back. Please make sure that the map of the photograph is at the top of the bridge.

There is an area where the Fukuoka castle ruins Moat Stone wall is seen while going from Akasaka station to the top bridge. It on the underground staircase.

According to the explanatory board, the moat stone wall was discovered and preserved at the time of the subway work in 1978. Besides here, it is described that there are two places in the entrance of Heiwadai baseball stadium, but the stadium has been dismantled in 2008, and the site is enclosed by the fence as the excavation site of Hongyacata Kan Kitakan, and did not know where it was saved. The Ishigaki public here is only on Saturdays and Sundays, and it is not possible to browse because it was weekdays when visiting. Sorry.

I look at the traces of Nakabori from the bridge. Quite wide. Because it was said that it was 30 (about 50m) at that time in the Moat Ishigaki explanation board ahead, it seems to remain almost as it is (the width is a measure in Google map). Still, the Lotus is crammed from the middle.

When you cross the bridge, you will see the stone walls and walls of the bridge. Although the grass is on the big, the majestic Lespedeza that uses the boulders lavishly catches the eye. The stone wall in the east side of the stone wall in east and west which formed the gate was doing the restoration work now. The photograph is stone wall of the west side.

The explanation board of the preservation repair work of the upper No Bridge Mikado Ishigaki. I am very grateful to explain why and how to fix it. I’m surprised that it takes a year and ten months to re-assemble the stone walls of one of the gates. In addition, there seems to be a place of the field piling (such as tower, etc.) and the location of the Lespedeza (such as the Upper Bridge Mikado stone wall) by the difference of the construction time in Fukuoka Castle ruins. Let’s look carefully.

It seems to be able to see the restoration work from this hill opposite the repair place.

The state of the Ishigaki restoration work. You can see the number of stone stones on the stone wall, and reload them as they were piled up.

The area between the top of the bridge and the Fukuoka Castle Ruins is an exhibition of excavation work and artifacts, such as the Hong Yacata Kan, which was a diplomatic facility and Geihinkan in the Heian period. The photo is in the South area where the excavation was completed, and the site is the place of the plaza and the Hongyacata Kan Ruins exhibition hall (left rear of the photo). The north area was still under excavation and could not be enclosed by a fence.

The historical site of Hongyacata Kan. It seems to have been a considerably large equipment. This is a surprise because it was built in the Heian period of 1300 years ago, and the Tang Dynasty was sent to the continent, and it was greeted here by Tangshan which came from the continent. The moment I realized that the knowledge only of the character of the text of the word, which I had learned in textbooks, was actually happening here.

To the Hongyacata kan Ruins exhibition hall. Since there is a 100 Meijo stamp of Fukuoka Castle at the reception, I do not forget to imprint inside and enter the building. The inside is a panel exhibition related to the Yacata, and the restoration of the building and the Ruins exhibition.

Hongyacata kan explanation board. The interchange with the continent such as Sui and the Tang Dynasty was learnt in the history of the junior high school, and Hung Yacata Pavilion which was the facilities for managing it did not know. That’s what I need.

The map of Fukuoka Castle which was pasted in the exhibition hall. I tried to think that this is convenient for the stroll, and what is distributed at the exhibition hall only in other language versions such as English. The reason is that the Japanese version was originally made by an NPO organization unrelated to the city, and the administration created only other languages, and the exhibition hall, the city’s facility, did not distribute only Japanese version. I don’t know where I’m working. So, I got the English version reluctantly and was a companion of the stroll. Castle ruins Term Memo: turret = turret, tower stand = base, traces (remains) = remains, traces (no ruins) = site. Tower units were base of the main tower, the small tower were written with base of the smaller towers. In addition Japanese version can be viewed on the website of The NPO organization created. Print it and let’s take it.

After leaving the Hongyacata Kan ruins exhibition Hall, we finally went to Fukuoka Castle ruins. First of all, the ruins of Higashi-Mikado (Ninomaru). A big stone called the Kagishiishi is embedded in the stone wall of a very splendid lespedeza. It is a symbol of power at that time. For instance, a huge stone such as octopus stone is embedded in the gate in the castle.

Explanation Board of the East Gate. It was a main route which connected “Sanmaru” and “Ninomaru” which lined the house old mansion etc. here.

The destination of the East Gate mark is a gradual uphill road. The destination where it climbed is East Ninomaru.

From East Ninomaru to Ninomaru, we go beyond the “Ogizaka” which bends to the key type.

Ninomaru Explanatory board. Each point has a colorful explanatory board called Fukuoka Castle Story, which is easy to understand. The Ninomaru of Fukuoka Castle was vast, separated by a slope and a gate, and it seemed to have divided into three inflection rings of Ninomaru, East Ninomaru, and South Ninomaru. It seems that the Ninomaru Palace was built in the East Ninomaru. Legend about “Tsunado” that was built around here is introduced. In the upper right corner of the explanation board, the photograph of the Moat Ishigaki Underground exhibition facility which I did not put before is published.

“Ogizaka” of the tiger mouth which bends to the key type. The other side is Ninomaru.

This is Ninomaru. The room is large. A splendid Ninomaru palace was built.

The road which leads from Ninomaru to Honmaru is thicker than the previous, and the Honmaru table gate is built here, and the Table Mikado tower rises on the stone wall on the right side, and it seems to have worked glare. It might have been a considerably splendid gate. Honmaru is relocated Lord Kuroda’s family temple in Sofuku-ji in Taisho 7, and it exists as a mountain gate.

In the northeast of the Honmaru, there is a memorial Tower (tower) in existence. The interior doesn’t seem to be public.

Honmaru table The Memorial Tower. I feel that the atmosphere is different when I look at the old photo and the front gate after relocated. It was made to rebuild it by carrying it and assembling it better. In addition, it seems to have been greatly altered when relocated though the tower which is in front of the old photograph and now is completely different feeling of the prayer tower. It may be that it is often unexpected to be altered during the relocated.

There was one more wooden explanation board in front of the memorial Tower. It is said that it was completed in 1860 (seven years ago of the Restoration), relocated to Taishou-ji in the Taisho era, and was relocated here again in 1943. It was a tower with a flower head window on the wall of the white plaster on the stone walls in old days, and it is a simple tower with a black wall now.

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Date of Visit: November, 2013
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