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Kochi Castle [1/2] the only castle in existence with the Honmaru Palace and the large tower.

Kochi Castle [1/2] the only castle in existence with the Honmaru Palace and the large tower.

When Mr. Chosokabe Motochika ruled the Tosa and was changed to the West Army in Sekigahara, Kazuhiro Yamauchi entered the country in the Tosa 24 million stone, and built the castle in Daigao Sakayama, and named “Kawuchiyama (Koyama)”. Afterwards, “Takitomo” and the character were renewed because the flood was not constant, it changed, and it became current “Kochi”. All the buildings and tower in the Honmaru, including Honmaru and Tammon tower are extant, and there are many attractions, such as the high stone wall of the field piling and the Lespedeza of the Uchita by the Anita.

Basic Data >
Name: Kochi Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Kochi, Kochi ( map )
-Castle: Kazutoyo Yamauchi
Completion: 1601 (Keicho)
-Remains: Tower, Palace, etc. Honmaru buildings, Chase Gate, Ishigaki, Hori
● Information: Japan 100 Meijo No.84 ( list )

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All around Shikoku bus Tour 2 Castle is Kochi Castle. Changed the high speed from Tokushima Castle ruins in the 1st City (Tokushima Expressway → Kochi Expressway) to Kochi in two and a half hours all the way. It is easy to too good meals on the bus because of the time. This tour, which spends all of the time on the castle, is a good feeling.

Kochi Castle arrives at 15:20. There’s not much time until nightfall. I do not miss the point, where I want to go crispy.

Kochi Castle area seems to be a prefectural Kochi park. The history explanation Board of Kochi Castle located near the entrance of the park. Originally from the time of Nanbokucho, this place was built by a castle called Daisakusuku Castle, and after the Chosokabe Motochika, it became the appearance of Kochi-Jo, which remains in the present by Kazutoyo Yamauchi, who entered the country after Sekigahara. The building except the Honmaru and the Chase Gate was built as a park planting the flower tree of the destroyed one by the Abolition Castle Ordinance in the Meiji era.

The statue of Kazuhiro Yamauchi, who built Kochi Castle as the first lord of the Tosa clan. It is located outside the gate (outside the castle area), so do not miss it (no publication in Kochi Castle pamphlet).

He is a woman with a long spear on his head. Pretty cool! It is a brave figure to face the Battle of Sekigahara that was given the Tosa 24 million stone.

Yamauchi Kazutoyo bronze statue explanation board. The only warlords who survived the three eras of Nobunaga, Hideyoshi and Ieyasu, and besides. It was rebuilt in 1996 based on the prototype of the bronze statue (exception in war), which was built in Taisho 2. Although it is often made to be different during the reconstruction (e.g., the Hachisuka of the Tokushima castle ruins in the case of rebuilding the statue), it is nice to have rebuilt the original figure.

The explanation board of Kochi Castle located in front of the gate. Kazutoyo Yamauchi said that he had been visiting the site for single-in the construction of the castle. The field principle exactly. It is said that the chase gate remained burnt in the big fire in 1727. The Sunday city which is held every week by the shopping street (Pursuen muscle) which extends from the gate here continues from what Genroku years!

Otemon. It is a huge tower gate with a tower over two stone walls. In front of the gate you can see a splendid pine tree and a towering tower on the other side. There is no place to see tall buildings, just the Tosa clan scenery. According to the explanation board in front of the gate, it was built for keicho years, and the Chase Gate was rebuilt in 1664. 350 years old. Also, unlike other stone walls in the castle, it is said that it is a highlight that the stones are particularly large.

The stone monument of “Kunipo Kochi Castle” in front of the gate. In fact, Kochi Castle is not a national treasure but an important cultural asset. Although Kochi Castle is regarded as an important cultural property in the current conservation Law , the Old law ( National Treasure Preservation Law ) was treated as a national treasure, so it was written as a national treasure in the monument (erected in Showa 9). See the red sign on the side for details. In addition, the national treasure was divided into (new) national treasure and a heavy sentence by the Law of Cultural Property protection, and Kochi Castle was not “downgraded” separately.

It is said that the stamp is seen in the stone wall in front of the Chase gate. I tried to find a stamp that was dug “D” to the top of the monument of “Kunipo Kochi Castle”. It is not a hard-to-read mark of the handwriting dug with fleas, it looks good in other castles, and it is surprised at “D” of an accurate typeface as if dug with a machine. I asked Mr. Guide about the thing at that time. Hmmmm. There were other “Deng” and “si” etc., and they were all beautifully dug. It is a surprise that only katakana.

From the front of the Chase gate. The copper plate for reinforcement is pasted to the canopy of a huge zelkova, the main pillar, etc. Of course, there is a stone dropping under a small roof, too.

From the back side of the chase gate. The door is firmly reinforced by the copper plate. Milk hardware that is attached to the door (Kanishi of the breast type) and eight bi (∑ type of reinforcing metal fittings) can not be overlooked.

The backside of the Chase gate. I’m not tired. 25 minutes passed by here. I have not seen the bronze statue and the Chase gate yet!

The statue in front of the right hand enters the gate to the entrance of the port. He is famous for the Freedom of the democratic movement. With the former Tosa clan. According to the guide, I was one of the first to have a bag of Louis Vuitton for Japanese people (purchased at the destination). In addition, in the attack incident that is transmitted to the famous serif “Itagaki Death and Freedom does not die”, it is said that the actual wound is not fatal at all about several cm, and lived about 40 years afterwards. There is no doubt that he is one of the driving force behind of modern Japan who left his achievements at the restoration.

Finally, we went to Kochi Castle Road. They go up the long stone steps The width of one step is slightly difficult to walk widely, there is a castle.

The stone gutter remains in the middle wall. It is the slate that jumped out from the stone wall in the photograph back. According to the board, the equipment that is provided in 16 places in the castle so as not to cause the drainage to crumble to the stone wall in a lot of rain, it is said that this stone gutter at the bottom is the largest. A stranger looks like a diving board.

The drainage path is made by the stone under the gutter. Water passes here, and it flows to Uchibori before long.

The hidden points of attraction that the guide taught me. A stone in the drainage path is marked with “water”. Because it is difficult to carve a letter after making drainage, it is called a valuable article that it was planned to build a drainage channel from the design stage of the castle. In the photo red circle, you can read “water” tilted to the left 90 degrees.

When you go up the stone steps, you go to the “Cedar steps”. It is a statue of the wife of Kazutoyo Yamauchi. It is a kensho in-house known by the Shiba Ryotaro “Kung-ichi Tsuji ” which became a saga with the companion Yoshie starring. The description board next to the bronze statue is the daughter of the Lord Asai Nagamasa ‘s retainer Wakamiya friend Hing . It is a bronze statue based on the anecdote that the famous horse is bought by the dowry at trousseau time, and it stays in Nobunaga’s eyes and it ranks. However, it is a strange feeling that the wife is in the castle outside the castle. And I thought or drama aired saga, made in 1965. Was it built along with the original series?

The tower is seen from the stage of the cedar. It is still low, and does not see well with high trees. The high stone wall which looks to the right is Sanmaru.

I looked up at the third round stone wall from below. This is expensive! Height up to 13m. It is one of the most high heights in the field.

Three-round Ishigaki explanation board. The restoration work was carried out by calling the Mason to take over the technology of the Anita for five years from 2004. Before the repair, conceive. It is said that the stone wall swells and cracks were seen.

The tower is looked up from the stone steps leading to the third circle. It is overwhelmed by the stone wall which piled up several steps.

Masugata Toraguchi that leads to the Sanomaru, the Iron gate mark. The stone wall of this area differs from the field piling that I saw before, and it is a rugged stone wall by the Lespedeza that the surface is cut and arranged. It is said that it was an important defense point that the iron plate was hit several sheets in gate.

I found the passage of the red carpet state that the autumnal leaves scattered when rising a little from the iron gate. The foliage was concentrated only here for some reason.

The tower is seen from the concentration point of autumnal leaves (near the middle of Ninomaru and Sanomaru). The figure from the side. It is understood well that the lower layer is a large gazebo type tower.

Head to the Sanmaru. The stone wall here was not processed by the corner, and it was a round corner of GSK style.

Sannomaru It is said that the Sanomaru Palace (Daishoin) was erected, and performed the event and the ceremony before. There is no building now. It exhibits a part of the stone wall which seems to be the ruins of the waterway for drainage now and the large height fortress in Chosokabe motochika Mr. Age excavated by the excavation investigation.

Three-round explanation board. Daishoin was used as a clan agency of the Meiji government, but was removed due to the park’s use in Meiji 6. Sorry.

They see a tower from the third circle It becomes a high position and the tree does not interfere with sight, and can worship the appearance of a majestic tower.

From Sanomaru to Ninomaru. Looking back from the top of the stone steps, Tower is the best view spot. (Guide’s story)

The tower seen from the stone steps in front of Ninomaru, which is called Kochi Castle’s best view spot. This is certainly a great force. The part where a narrow green line is seen under the tower stone wall runs the so-called dog.

Another one with a slightly different angle. The collaboration with Ninomaru stone wall is wonderful. There is a black of the lower stairs with the color cone which I see below, but it was not allowed to go under construction during the visit. (According to the official WEB 2013/12/19 Construction completed .) Sorry! )

To Ninomaru. The Ninomaru palace where the Lord lived was built. Now it’s a pine tree and a flag raising table. Trail Japan the flag is lovely.

Ninomaru Explanatory board. It is said that it looked like a small tower because the tower was erected in addition to the Ninomaru Palace several, and the dry tower of the three-storied building had a staggered rupture.

Also the guide’s view point. Honmaru watch from Ninomaru. It is understood that a multi-hearing tower which rides on the stone wall Hami a little. The cooperation mistake of the person in charge of the stone wall and the Tammon tower!? Unusual condition that seems to be. It’s been over 250 years…

Finally to Honmaru. It goes across the second floor part of the filling gate which was under construction, aka “Bridge Corridor” to Honmaru.

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