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Iyo Matsuyama Castle [1/2] a castle with 21 buildings, including the large tower, remains.

Iyo Matsuyama Castle [1/2] a castle with 21 buildings, including the large tower, remains.

Yoshiaki Kato, who made his achievements in Sekigahara, was given an iyo 20 million stone from Ieyasu, and castle a new Matsuyama castle in Katsuyama in the center of Dogo Plain. Mr. Kato completed a castle with five tower over twenty years. When the Lord turns to Matsudaira, Tower was altered to triple, and then burned by lightning, rebuilding Tower in 1854 in the Edo period. At that time, the shogunate did not approve the rebuilding of the tower, and it is said that Matsudaira was specially approved because it was a family of the younger brother of Yasasa. It is the only tower in existence and has Aoi crest on the tile. The title “Matsuyama Castle” is referred to as “Iyo Matsuyama Castle” because there are many in the whole country, but it is “Matsuyama Castle” in the text.

Basic Data >
Name: Iyo Matsuyama Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture ( map )
● Castle: Yoshiaki Kato
Completion: 1627 (Kan’ei 4 years)
-Remains: Large tower, turret, and 21 buildings of heavy sentence, such as gate existing
● Information: Japan 100 Meijo No.81 ( list )

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All around Shikoku bus tour 5 castle is “Matsuyama Castle” where there are a lot of buildings such as a large tower at the summit, about one hour north of Matsuyama Expressway from Ozu Castle . Matsuyama Castle is on the Katsuyama Yamagami of 132m above sea level, and it uses some mountain trails or ropeway or lifts to the mountain.

Currently 15:30. The tower time of the day (16:30) is imminent, so I climb the ropeway at a dash. This is the Ropeway platform. 1000 yen in a set of tower ticket and Ropeway round-trip ticket. Quite expensive. Because there is one in ten minutes, it is OK even if I go suitably. Ride time 3 minutes. When I come next, I want to climb from the mountain road to see the wall.

The whole map of Matsuyama Castle. It seems to be able to go to the right under the Honmaru stone wall on the mountain by the Ropeway. Ninomaru in the foothills is a historic garden.

When going up on the mountain by the Ropeway, to the tune ring of Chouganpei. There is a huge explanation signboard of the invitation to Matsuyama Castle, but it is considerably large, and because the character is small, it is very difficult to read. The local guide of the bank explained the contents.

If you go straight from the Chojamaira, you will suddenly see a high stone wall. It is a high stone wall which surrounds the circumference of Honmaru. Pretty masterpiece!

It is quite difficult to take pictures from the top to the bottom of the stone wall. Just barely shot back down. It is a beautiful stone wall piled with Lespedeza.

The stone walls under the tower are bent vertically. It is not possible to aim at the enemy stuck to the stone wall of the right below from the clay fence on the stone wall (such as gun gap), but there is often a part where the stone wall of the modern fortress usually jumps out because there is a part bent vertically.

Explanation Board of the stone wall of Matsuyama Castle. The explanation is quite detailed. Kato Yoshiaki The stone walls of the castle are also partially existing, and it seems to be a gentle stone wall that remains in the north. The steep sloping stone wall in front of the building in the Edo period. Moreover, the stone wall of the cutting Lespedeza which seems to have been piled up at the time of the tower rebuilding at the end of Edo is said to be seen in the temple part in the back Honmaru tower.

The stone wall which bends to an obtuse angle. There is a big corner. The tower at the top right is the tip of the hidden gate.

Traces of water dripping and falling remain firmly. I wonder if the impurities contained in the drainage were caked to the stone wall by drying (white part).

The small stone wall in the back is a mark of the door gate. According to the explanation board, it is one of the gates built at the time of the castle building, and one of the important gates to solidify the entrance of the Honmaru giant with the major gate. The space within the cornerstone of the front is the ruins of the waiting room. It is said that three soldiers were always packed for security at this point where the road to the Ninomaru from the district of

It is finally the road from here to Honmaru. The tower in front is a drum tower in the Honmaru, but you still have to cross several gates to reach it. The back looks great tower. The left side of the photo is a major ninomaru.

Before heading to Honmaru, I saw a big gate in the west. It might have been a key of the defense defended by a strict stone wall and the gate. Very disappointing to have left.

The stone wall of the southernmost Honmaru looked up from a major gate. A towering expression is perfect.

To the Honmaru, we first went to the bottom of the Taiko tower. The stone drop is seen in the corner of the tower. It is not possible to reach the Honmaru even if it goes straight as it is, and the road is bent here 180 degrees and it will move to the south again.

The door is in existence. According to the pamphlet, there are no traces of gate to the mirror pillars.

Door No gate explanation board. The construction of the Kan’ei ~ Masaho year.

From the back of the door gate. The “Koryo Gate” style is fitted with a small roof on top of the control column.

When the door is passed, a big tower gate appears. It seems to be told that it was relocated from Tadashi Kijo when the castle was constructed according to the pamphlet in “Tsutsui Gate” of Matsuyama Castle’s maximum gate.

Tsutsui Gate Explanation board. It thinks, and it is a hidden gate explanation board. In fact, in order to defeat the enemy from the big, it is said that there is literally “hidden gate” called the Hidden Gate in the interior of the stone wall beside the tunnel gate. Although the gate of the Tsutsui was burnt by arson in 1949 and rebuilt afterwards, the hidden gate is existing from the time of the keicho year of the castle. It is said that the description of the effect that it was moved from Masaki Castle by the ink writing was left in the purlin back of the Tsutsui gate before it burnt.

I see the gate of Tsutsui by pulling. A small gap is certainly seen in the interior of the stone wall beside the Tsutsui gate. Let’s go.

This is the “Hidden Gate” which is the style of the burial gate. It is said that the enemy who attacks it desperately in the Tsutsui gate is turned around here and repulsed. There is no wakato, and instead of a small gate, it is possible to throw soldiers out of the door without opening the doors in case of emergencies.

To the back through the hidden gate. The tower on the Hidden Gate is a hidden gate. It seems that this hidden gate continuation tower was used for security of the gate just in the entrance gate when looking down from the continuation tower.

The Hidden Gate Continuation Tower explanation board. As well as the hidden Gate, the continued tower was also built in the Keicho period. It is a valuable building that the technique of the time remains.

Beyond the gate of Tsutsui/The hidden Gate, the next show is the Taiko gate. This is a figure from the inside. Honmaru over here and become the last bastion leading up to Honmaru. It is a splendid gate of the equally in the gate of Tsutsui ahead.

Drum Gate Explanation board. As the first line of defense, the second line of the drum gate and the surrounding tower and wall will be the 2nd defense. The current taiko gate was restored in 1972 because it was destroyed by an American military indiscriminate bombing.

Beyond the Taiko gate, you can see the Taiko tower. On the way to Honmaru, I saw a tower on the front of a major road.

And to Honmaru. Honmaru is a long straight square, and in the back you can see buildings such as the large tower and small tower built on a stone wall called the temple. There is also a well on the right side of the photograph (although not reflected), and the depth is 44m and it is not possible to dig in the technology at that time, but according to the legend, Honmaru is made by reclamation of two north and South Peaks, and the fountain which was in the bottom of the valley was left as a well. It is said that the fishing bottle was attached to the prewar days according to the explanation board, and the cold water was pumped and it was able to be drunk freely.

Honmaru stand, the Honmaru and the giant explanatory board of the temple. Honmaru is one of the largest judged fairness in the country: 300m North and West 30-180m. In addition, the stone wall which hardens the circumference of the Honmaru is broken folding screen with a high stone wall exceeding 10m, and refractions continuously. This time it has gone up smoothly Honmaru, the next time I want to see firmly around the stone wall of the Honmaru. It is said that the stone wall is piled up 8m higher than Honmaru, and the tower stand has the height of 4m in the cut Lespedeza. In addition, among the buildings erected on this stage, the building group erected on the right side toward the main, such as large tower, the building group erected on the left, such as small tower and restoration because it was burnt in 1945. It was good that the large tower did not burn. It’s a good thing to stay connected.

Finally to the temple. You can only enter this temple from the south side of the entrance. The front wall is in existence in the purple Takemon East wall, a heavy sentence. The Purple Bamboo Gate itself is on the left side of the wall, and the gate passes when you head to the temple from the dry gate in northwest Honmaru. The three buildings in front of the building are small tower, and the interior is South Corner tower.

Facing the front, you can see a large tower. There is a single gate in the right back, and it is necessary to exceed the masugata which is enclosed a small tower to the left, a large tower in the front, and three sides of one no gate South tower to the right. It’s pretty solid. The black traces seen on the left side of the stone wall were the ones when the small tower was burnt down in Showa 8.

And, it goes from the one gate to the tower Gate, and the Minowa gate to the large-headed.

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