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Hirata Castle [Toyomae]: The Hill Castle of Yabakei, which was ruled by Shigeomi Kuriyama of Kuroda Kanbei.

Hirata Castle [Toyomae]: The Hill Castle of Yabakei, which was ruled by Shigeomi Kuriyama of Kuroda Kanbei.

Hirata Castle is located in the castle of the hill in Yabuma, and it is transmitted as a place where the Shigeomi Kuriyama was governed when Kuroda Kanbei served as Nakatsu Castle Lord at the end of the Warring States. Before Kuroda came, he was a stronghold of the Lord, but Tensho in the 15th year, with the nearby chief Iwaki . It became the place territory of Kuriyama Yoshisuke who was given the Yuma Kei 6000 stone, and the renovation such as surrounding surroundings was done by the stone wall. The castle is divided into North and south by a shallow valley, the south side is maintained as a castle ruins Park, and the stone wall is seen well, but the main part of the north side is not able to visit in a nearly untouched bush state.

Basic Data >
Name: Toyomae Hirata Castle [aka White Rice Castle]
● Location: Yabuma-machi, Nakatsu-shi, Oita ( map )
● Lord: Yoshisuke Kuriyama
● Castle: Tensho Period
-Remains: Ishigaki, Melody

Date of Visit: January, 2017

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buzen_hirata_01_3817There is Hirata castle ruins on the hill along the river in the west of the Blue Cave where it went to the east about 10km from the long Iwaki. In the castle of the Nakatsu period of Kuriyama Zensuke who appeared as Tadatomi from the old of Kanbei in the saga “Military Master Officer Bee” (2014), Novoli and explanation board are maintained. This is Hirata castle ruins entrance. The original is a shallow valley, and each is built on a hill on the left and right. So to speak, one castle separate Guo.

buzen_hirata_02_3818Hirata Castle ruins explanation board. Aka White Castle and read “Matsutakejo” to write! It is said that Hirata Castle, which is transmitted by Nagaiwa Lord Nonaka Shigefusa, was established in Tensho 15, when he joined the country as a prime national, and the local lords were trapped in a rebellion against the rebels and gave Hirata Castle to the war-taking. It is said that a part of the stone wall that Zensuke built at that time remains.

buzen_hirata_03_3820Hirata Castle ruins drawing. It is written that it is derived from the child character “town length” which is an old place name to read “Matsutakejo” writing as the white Rice Castle. It was built at the tip of the plateau of 117m altitude. It is maintained only on the south side where the Cenotaph was built and the approach was built.

buzen_hirata_04_3822Climb the forest path built into the valley. If you turn left or go straight, you will continue to the south on the left. Let’s turn left and climb from the front of the castle.

buzen_hirata_05_3823There are many Castle Hirata’s Novelli.

buzen_hirata_06_3825A ring on the middle. The front is in the south. The stone wall is seen in the upper right corner.

buzen_hirata_33_3875In the melody of this middle, some stone walls remain in the outer periphery, and I try to find it because it was in the historical materials. Is this the side of the tip?

buzen_hirata_34_3876I tried to wrap around, but apparently doing repair work, the place that seems to be a stone wall with black vinyl was covered overall. Sorry.

buzen_hirata_07_3827Discourage out the South Airagaro. The stone product was built along the road of the spelled, and this might have been built in the construction of the approach of the Cenotaph.

buzen_hirata_08_3828The stone product which pasted the river rough on the slope as it is.

buzen_hirata_09_3831Along the way you climb, you see a mountain across the river. A part of the slope is seen the mark of landslide. The explanation panel after the landslide was installed in front.

buzen_hirata_10_3830An explanatory board of the Standing Temple. About 250 years ago (mid-Edo period), the Rocky Mountain collapsed with a sudden loud midnight.

buzen_hirata_11_3833So, you go up the hill and the south is the main Guo? To. There was a signboard called “the Ishigaki of the Kuroda era ↑” on the slope. The stone wall, which is built on the outer periphery of the South Stand, is called the stone wall, which was built by Mr. Kuroda during the excavation.

buzen_hirata_12_3834Hirata Castle Ruins (Nandai) are now cenotaph. These stone steps and the splendid stone walls of the circumference are for the approach.

buzen_hirata_13_3844Cenotaph A pretty splendid cenotaph is built. By the way, it goes out to the backside of the cenotaph when coming up from the route.

buzen_hirata_14_3845There is a small resting place on the side of the stairs. The rest is not necessary because it does not climb very much, but there is actually a pamphlet here, so let’s always take a rest here.

buzen_hirata_15_3846A wooden shelf in a resting place. Please feel free to take your brochure!

buzen_hirata_16_3847In the shelf. A large number of colored strips were installed in the brochure! Hirata Castle Preservation Society Wonderful.

buzen_hirata_17_3864There are a cenotaph and a resting place on the South Stand, and the one which seems to be especially ruins is not found. The stone wall is in the outer periphery, so, when I wander around, I found such a sign. It is said that there is a stone wall of Kuroda age under this. The edge of the stone wall is seen in this area.

buzen_hirata_18_3866They peer into force Wow. It seems that the stone wall of a quite height remains. There was a place where it seemed to be able to descend from the vicinity of the stairs which had gone up first, and let’s descend from there to the outer periphery which is built of the stone wall.

buzen_hirata_19_3848From where the stone wall is low, to the outer periphery. It is unclear where and how far from the stone wall of Mr. Kuroda era, but it is uncertain, let’s assume that all the stone wall of the south perimeter.

buzen_hirata_20_3850Corners’s Stonewall. It is low, but it looks like an abacus piling.

buzen_hirata_21_3851The slope may have been buried over 400 years, but the soil is piled up, and a little stone wall was piled up at the top of the slope of the hill, and it looks to the degree.

buzen_hirata_22_3852To the back. The stone wall becomes high, and becomes a rustic. Because a lot of big stumps are seen at the step, a little while ago (taiga broadcast? The lush of the trees and the stone walls could not be seen well.

buzen_hirata_23_3853There were some places that collapsed. To the back further.

buzen_hirata_24_3856Since the stone wall of the period of the Tensho is also a feeling that each one of the stones is too beautiful, I do not know well whether it was re-piled or scraped off the moss neatly. The stone wall of such a feeling is built in the valley side of the South unit much.

buzen_hirata_25_3858The bottom of the slope is a little terrible sasabu. I wonder if this bamboo grass had grown to the last minute before maintenance. It is seen well now because it is cut only about 2m.

buzen_hirata_26_3859Then, we went down to the high Ishigaki area. I wonder if I built this much stone wall in the period Tensho, or was it built in the subsequent renovation.

buzen_hirata_27_3862There are some collapses, but the stone wall of about 3 ~ 4m continues to the depths.

buzen_hirata_28_3835Let’s go to the valley and see the opposite side of the slope. The stone wall has hardly been built here for some reason. When I look closely, I put a little face at the top. Is it still buried? Or was it a stone wall to protect the valley side?

buzen_hirata_29_3836Up Ishigaki. The impression that the surface of the stone was polished, and the atmosphere of Ishigaki is totally different from the valley side.

buzen_hirata_30_3837The stone wall which is much lower continues.

buzen_hirata_31_3839I wonder if there was an uphill road in this area before, the stone product is divided and built.

buzen_hirata_32_3841The height was mixed, but the valley side and the other side were able to confirm the stone product over almost all laps. It might be only that region where the signboard “stone wall of the Kuroda era” was pointed on the stone wall of Kuriyama Zensuke.

buzen_hirata_35_3869Then, it descends from the roadway, and it goes to see the tune group in the North only a little. I’m going to be up from this road.

buzen_hirata_36_3871This is a completely mountain road. It goes up to the top when going up for a while because it is not so high.

buzen_hirata_37_3873However, the above is this state. The well mark remains in this interior, and it was not in the state that it was able to go to seeing very much. I did not know the way to enter in the bushes in the foreground, abandoned.

buzen_hirata_38_3815On the way back to the bridge over the river across from Hirata Castle ruins. Ma Xi Bridge. It was not able to pass in the construction at the time of the visit, but the place where the bridge was crossed was just around Hirata Castle ruins, and Novoli stood here and there.

buzen_hirata_39_3814Ma Xi Bridge Explanation board. At the Ishibashi Arch Bridge, which was multiplied in Taisho 12, the Hill of the north side of the bridge (bumping) is described as the castle of Hirata’s Shigeomi and Kuriyama Toshiyasu, and the stone walls that were built in the late 16th century (Tensho period).

Date of Visit: January, 2017
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-T10 + XF14mm
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