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Nagaiwa Castle [1/5] The medieval fortress of a local tribe with a large number of stone bases.

Nagaiwa Castle [1/5] The medieval fortress of a local tribe with a large number of stone bases.

Nagaiwa Castle is a huge fortress built in the mountains of Toyomae Country (Oita prefecture). It is the castle of Mr. Utsunomiya who ruled here for a long time, and boasts the largest of Kyushu as the medieval fortress that the local wealthy tribe built. Mr. Nonaka was Nagaiwa Castle, which lasted 390 years, but it was Nijuji by the attack of Hideyoshi Kuroda, a Tensho 18 years after the end of the Warring States, and became a castle of disuse. The maximum feature of long Iwaki is still alive and well though a lot of stone bases crumble in the wind of the age in the point where a large stone base is hardened and the defense is built everywhere in the castle such as the slope and the inflection wheel. At the tip of the cliff where the bare rock is exposed, the stone product tower and the bow-type muzzle mark remain.

Basic Data >
Name: Long Iwaki (Wikipedia)
● Location: Nakatsu-shi, Oita ( map )
● Lord: Mr. Nonaka
-Castle: Kenkyu-Nine (1198)?
-Remains: stone base, earth base, Horikiri, vertical moat, stone product tower, etc.

Date of Visit: January, 2017
Long Iwaki Visit-the one , two , three , four , five .

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Visit >

nagaiwajo-01_3541Iwaki Long parking lot. I parked my car here and started the castle. The top of the mountain is probably Lord Nagaiwa.

nagaiwajo-02_3539The castle and Nagaiwa ruins are seen through the Nagaiwa Castle Novoli.

nagaiwajo-03_3542It is a figure of Nagaiwa castle ruins installed in the parking lot. It is a simple map, but the main ruins have been modeled and described. Go to the castle and climb along the valley muscle, turning to the right on the way to the main Guo (Honmaru), turning to the left to the stone turret and bow type Gunza that towering over the ridge Jinya the mark.

nagaiwajo-04_3537A long “please” which is installed in the parking lot similarly. With plenty of time and room. I wouldn’t go if I thought it was dangerous. If you borrow a cane, return it. To close if you open the rails. It takes half a day in a hurry, so let’s measure how long it actually takes. Currently 11:30.

nagaiwajo-05_3544Beyond the parking lot, I head to the entrance to the castle. In the place with the roof before crossing the river, a visitor’s note and a cane are placed.

nagaiwajo-06_3549Nagaiwa Castle Guide board at the entrance. This is also the same model as the previous drawings, but a little impression. I had a feeling that the line from Jinya to Baba was a little off, but the image was almost the other way around.

nagaiwajo-07_3550The start of the climbing castle. You can see the stone product on the top right.

nagaiwajo-08_3552Beyond the fence of the beast. The right of the stone product, but I did not know whether the remains at this point, because the stone product of such feeling continues to the top in the inside, I am convinced that it would be the remains of those days.

nagaiwajo-09_3553The guide board which shows “one No Kido” at the bottom a little when entering inside. At that time, it might have been a route which entered from the vicinity of this Ichiroh Kido not the entrance gate of a while ago.

nagaiwajo-10_3555When I get off a little, I go to a place with a stone product stacked in a circle and a discrepancy part like a tiger mouth in the right back. Is the discrepancy part “Ichikido”?

nagaiwajo-11_3558The product itself is quite low, but I feel that it is buried in dead leaves. Or, was it good at this height because it had installed the wooden board and the fence on the stone product?

nagaiwajo-12_3560A kido of the tiger mouth. The flat boulders that may be the cornerstone of the gate are buried in the right place.

nagaiwajo-13_3562I look up from the outside Kido a No. The inside was not easy to see, and there was a stone product which jumped out a little on the outside.

nagaiwajo-14_3565Then, go up the slope from the Kido, and aim at the main Guo (Honmaru) first.

nagaiwajo-15_3569The right side of the road continues to be a stone product of the height of 1-2m as seen a while ago. On top of that, it is ground level and is built gradually.

nagaiwajo-16_3570I gradually went up to one of the inflection wheel. There are neat steps and entrances.

nagaiwajo-17_3573The stepped part of the inflection wheel is hardened by the solidly stone product.

nagaiwajo-20_3577The melody of countless steps is built on the right side much.

nagaiwajo-21_3578In the place where the angle of the slope is steep, the area of the inflection wheel becomes narrower, and the stone product becomes high (the stone product in the back, about 5m).

nagaiwajo-22_3580The angle of the melody is easy to understand gradually.

nagaiwajo-23_3581The slope becomes considerably steep before long, and the inflection wheel ends gradually. It was a stone product before, and the stone of a moderate size is scattered.

nagaiwajo-24_3582Sign of the Crescent Trench. (“Crescent” is correct as the Guide board which was in the entrance though it is written for three months for some reason. But even looking around the sign, it was hard to understand where the crescent Trench is. Because the trench is a hollow moat, there must be a hollow moat or a vertical moat.

nagaiwajo-25_3584A dent in a fairly thin, vertical moat wind. This is the distal end of the crescent Trench?

nagaiwajo-26_3585Looking for the Crescent Trench and going up to the top of the signboard, to the ground level. Because the left side is a slope, it might be the uppermost part of the tune wheel which continued until earlier.

nagaiwajo-27_3586It is understood well that the tune ring continues gradually when looking down. The Crescent Trench was given up.

nagaiwajo-28_3587As you move on, you can see the “Climbing stone base” built along the slopes.

nagaiwajo-29_3591“Two Kido”. On the right side, the stone base built along the slope, the front was the valley muscle, and when visiting, it was a river of a fine amount of water because of rain. The boulders are quite scattered. After the heavy rains of the waste castle, did it fall from the mountain?

nagaiwajo-30_3592The base of Fujo Toishi. A stone product is built to the steep point of the slope. It is not likely to go to the back from other than the Kido mark.

nagaiwajo-31_3593They go beyond the Kido A long stone product is seen in the other side of the valley muscle. The river usually seems to have a little water, but there was a heavy rain the day before when I visited, and there was a fine water flow. The scattered boulders are slippery with wet moss, so take care to cross them.

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