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Nakatsu Castle [1/4] a black mock tower is famous, and the Sea castle that Kuroda Kanbei built.

Nakatsu Castle [1/4] a black mock tower is famous, and the Sea castle that Kuroda Kanbei built.

Nakatsu Castle is the early modern Heijo built by Kuroda Koubei in Tensho 16 (1588) during the Warring States Period. It is classified as the Sea Castle because of the digging of the moat by pulling the seawater of the Toyomae ocean. It was Mr. Kuroda who joined as a universal 12 world in the Kyushu flat of Hideyoshi, but in the Sekigahara Battle of Hideyoshi’s death, it became the East Army, and the post-war seal was added to the Chikumae 52 world after the postwar period. The castle was continued by Tadoki Hosokawa who had entered the place. After Mr. Ogasawara and Mr. Okuhira (the descendants of Nobusho Okuhira who their betterment the Nagashino Castle in the Battle of Takeda vs. Oda Tokugawa), he became Lord in the Nakatsu 10 world and served as Lord in the ninth generation until the Meiji era. The black large tower which is seen now is a mock tower built mainly by the Okuhira clan of the former Lord for sightseeing purpose in the place where the corner tower was once.

Basic Data >
Name: Nakatsu Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Nakatsu-shi, Oita ( map )
● Lord: Takashi Kuroda/Tadoki Hosokawa/Mr. Mr. Okuhira
● Castle: Tensho XVI (1588)/Keicho five years (1600)
-Remains: Ishigaki, Mizuhori
● Information: Japan Hyakuna Castle No.191 ( list )

Date of Visit: January, 2017
The one , two , three , and four .

Visit >

nakatsu-01_3435To Nakatsu castle ruins. The inner moat surrounding the outside of the Honmaru is almost existing. Honmaru is the front half of the parking lot, in the back is enshrined five companies of Nakatsu Daijingu, Nakatsu Shrine, Okuhira Shrine, Shiroi Shrine and Ogijo shrine, the mock tower is the history Museum of Mr. Okuhira who served as a lord of 150 years in the late Edo. By the way, there was no dobashi at the entrance of the parking lot in front of this torii at the time of the castle.

nakatsu-02_3368First, before heading to tower, let’s visit five companies. From this stone steps in the back of the parking lot. When the old picture is seen, it might be feeling that the lower stage became a parking place as it is because it is drawn by dividing it to the north and south with the description of “upper no Stage” and “Lower no stage” in the Honmaru interior.

nakatsu-03_3369First, we went to Nakatsu Daijingu. Founded in Meiji 14 after the abolition castle. It is the spirit from Ise Jingu Shrine. Shells are dedicated.

nakatsu-09_3377From Nakatsu Daijingu to further back. Shirai Shrine (shrine).

nakatsu-10_3378The historical Book of Shirai Shrine. Enshrined is a family of Utsunomiya family who was a toyomae Kunamori for about 400 years until the Warring States period. After Hideyoshi’s Kyushu flat, it was decided that Kuroda Kanbei would join the 12 million stone, and the Utsunomiya family became transferred to Imabari, but refused to become a civil war state. Kuroda Nagamasa, who baked his hand, calls to the shin and the pretense Nakatsu castle and kills the Utsunomiya Jinbo. It is a shrine that dedicated the official Utsunomiya town. It was erected in the middle of the Edo period, 1705.

nakatsu-11_3379There is another one in the back of the precincts, and the Ogijo shrine enshrined. It is said that 45 people who were the retainer knew the accident, and it attacked to Nakatsu Castle, and it was American enterprises will to death in the end of the fierce battle when he was killed by the Utsunomiya town public Yukari. Dedicated that forty-five people a shrine. Constructed as the Sukosha shrine in the Taisho era.

nakatsu-12_3380This is the Ogijo shrine. Small company.

nakatsu-13_3381The name of the pillar enshrined the Gijo Shrine. It is a strange feeling that the Lord and the faithful are enshrined in the shrine in the castle built by the Lord who was killed by the murder of Kuroda.

nakatsu-14_3423Tower to the mock-up. In front of the large tower, there is an Okuhira shrine which enshrined Mr. Okuhira who served as Lord in 150 years in the late Edo period. A large tower towering in the back, a double turret connected with a clay fence in front of its right, and indeed a castle atmosphere, but all mock structures.

nakatsu-05_3373The origin of Okuhira shrine is enshrined.

nakatsu-04_3372Former Nakatsu Lord Oku-Heike explanatory board. Mr. Okuhira (Mikawa Kameyama Castle ), who was originally a nation of Oku-Mikawa, smaller dependent kingdoms to the Tokugawa way in the age of Sengoku Okuhira Nobumasa, and was famous for their betterment the Nagashino Castle in the fierce Battle of Takeda vs. Oda Tokugawa. After that, the Takeisao was piled up, and it became the feudal lord of Nakatsu ten million stone after the Kano Castle and Utsunomiya Castle, etc. last.

nakatsu-15_3419Well let’s see. Mock tower, but cool. Nakatsu Castle is categorized without permission that it is “Japan three great cool mock tower” after all. (Japan three great cool mock tower: Owari Cheongju Castle , Fushimi Momoyama Castle , Toyomae Tsushiro. Explore the Castle channel. )

nakatsu-16_3416Climb to Nakatsu Castle Tower. The interior is the history Museum of Mr. Okuhira. Tower five layers.

nakatsu-17_3414Hmmmm. The black Tower of the undercoat board is cool! It was referred to as a reference to Hagi Castle Tower.

nakatsu-18_3387What a rustic design. Great. This dignity that doesn’t seem to be simulated. By the way, a usual corner tower was built in this place before, and it seems only to have stood the Mie Tower in Iron Kadowaki in the Honmaru.

nakatsu-19_3392I looked up at the entrance.

nakatsu-20_3393Inside the Tower Castle. The inside is five stories, and the items of Mr. Okuhira are exhibited on each floor. The first floor is a souvenir shop, and armor transmitted to the Okuhira family.

nakatsu-21_3397Upstairs. In the special exhibition room, there was an exhibition related to “The Battle of the Harara Hara ” which was a trigger for the advancement of Mr. Okuhira.

nakatsu-22_3399List of Lord in the past. Easy to understand.

nakatsu-23_3409Nagashino battle Figure six width hanging axis. I think it’s a replica, but it’s really impressive.

nakatsu-24_3406Takeda Katsuyori Camp (banner of “Dai”) and the Revenge of Baba Mino (upper right).

nakatsu-25_3402And speaking of the Battle of Nagashino Castle , he, Torii strong Emon (take chair). Reinforcements coming! It is a mystery to see the hero of Mikawa in the Toyomae.

nakatsu-26_3410And to the top floor. It is possible to go out to surroundings edge.

nakatsu-27_3412It is very narrow, and it feels a little scary in plain view to the bottom because it is a thin iron fence tower.

nakatsu-28_3411Tower from the top floor of the middle Tsujo, Honmaru. The place where there is a stone torii which has passed through first hits the edge of the Honmaru.

nakatsu-29_3413Tower came down the big. Let’s walk in the Honmaru. The double turret of the front is a mock tower built together with tower. But the atmosphere is out.

nakatsu-06_3363Beside the parking lot, the big “Sansai Pond” in front of the mock tower.

nakatsu-07_3362Sansaiike explanation board. In order to compensate for the shortage of water in the castle, the reservoir was built in the great work that was done after the retirement of Tadoki Hosokawa.

nakatsu_08a-3365.jpgFrom the explanation board that was on the side of the pond, mainly posted Honmaru part. The place where I am now is honmaru in the middle, and the place where it was written “location” in the deficit.

nakatsu-30_3437Let’s take a look at the stone walls along the watermoat on the south side of Honmaru. It seems to remain firmly to the top edge, but the stone wall of this area is destroyed greatly during the castle, and the upper half is restored.

nakatsu-31_3436The stone wall explanation board on the east side which has been restored. The stone wall which had been built long in the east and West was destroyed partially in the Meiji era and the road was made, and the stone wall on the east side (the one seen earlier) of the stone wall of the part that the moat was buried and jumped on it was destroyed. The water moat was dug up by the restoration work until 2008, dug up the stone wall which remained under the ground, and piled up the stone wall to the same height as the west side. In addition, the stone wall which looks sideways in a straight line also has been used a technique called “ring-taking” which makes it difficult to draw a curve slowly and to be actually collapsed.

nakatsu-33_3439The stone wall traces inside the castle of the Fortress (Kuroda ERA), which came out of the ground base which was destroyed to pass the road. At that time, it is said that the height and the width were gradually expanded though there was only the thickness of the branch from here to the moat.

nakatsu-34_3438The stone wall explanation board which was extended. Because the extension of the stone wall is only in the castle direction, the stone wall of the moat side is keeping the figure of the castle at that time.

In the second, we go through the Honmaru perimeter and head to the north side.

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