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Notojima Castle [1/3] The castle is a stronghold of Murakami Suigun that was defended by the violent tide.

Notojima Castle [1/3] The castle is a stronghold of Murakami Suigun that was defended by the violent tide.

The castle of Notojima was a base of Murakami Suigun, who had been in control of the sea-of-marine rights until the Warring States period. It is said that it was built in the remote island of a thin strait, the tide is fierce, and the pilot is taken from the coming ship and guided. Hideyoshi became a deserted castle by promulgation a pirate stop order. Honmaru, Ninomaru and the like are well-kept terrain, and traces such as reef pits and dog runs that once moored the ship remain at the water’s edge. It became famous in the novel “Daughter of the Murakami pirate” of Mr. Wada Ryu. Japan 100 Castle.

Basic Data >
Name: Notojima Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture ( map )
● Lord: Mr. Murakami
● Castle: Around the 15th century
-Remains: melody, cut shore, reef pit marks, etc.
● Information: Japan Hyakuna Castle No.178 ( list )

Date of Visit: June, 2018
Visit to the Noh Island Castle- One , two , three .

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Noh Island does not have regular flights on an uninhabited remote island, but as of 2018, only 10 or more group bookings are held on Saturdays and Sundays only. I want to send the report because I went to the Noh Island landing tour with the castle companion this time. The ferry for the Cherry Blossoms also goes out in spring.

noshima-01_6272The voyage to Noh Island with the Noh Island Castle starts from the Murakami Suigun Museum. Since there are many exhibits about Murakami Suigun and Suigun Castle, let’s take a look carefully until departure.

noshima-02_6276There are three statues for some reason. Murakami Motoyoshi statue that one. Murakami Motokichi was the chieftain of the Sengoku end of Murakami’s Noh Island, and he was active in the Mori way.

noshima-03_6281Motoyoshi Murakami the other side of the statue.

noshima-04_6282The daughter of the Murakami Pirate’s tablet plate.

noshima-05_6275Murakami Motoyoshi Statue II.

noshima-06_6259The image of a parent Murakami. Murakami Motoyoshi’s younger brother. Motoyoshi’s father is probably the most famous general of Murakami Suigun, Takeyoshi Murakami. By the way, the museum was not published because the second floor of the main exhibition was forbidden.

noshima-07_6287Let’s finally leave the port. Are you going to take this ship?

noshima-09_6294This is a high-speed ship parked across the pier. It was just launched.

noshima-08_6288There is a wharf from the departure place, and it is not seen well aiming. An island that looks small in the middle.

noshima-10_6297sBoarding a fast ship. Because it is a finished tailoring, it is very beautiful. It’s a boat that can ride about 40 people.

noshima-11_6307Departure! The ship proceeds with great momentum. We went around the wharf and saw an island in the front in an instant. The left is Oshima, the right is Unoshima, and it is Noh Island located in the narrow strait between them.

noshima-12_6309Full view of Noh Island. This is the southeastern side of the island. The high part of the center is a honmaru mark, and the place where the left side was cut flat is “Demaru”, and the right back is called “Arrow one”.

noshima-13_6324Before landing, watch the tide that is occurring around Noh island. It is not so when taking a photograph, but in fact, the tide is going up and round, and it was a momentum that seemed to be swallowed up quickly if the rowing boat.

noshima-14_6336The tide at the northeastern edge of Noh island. It’s quite intense. Noh island itself is shaped like a rock is raised, but depending on the degree of tide, the bedrock called the sea erosion Terrace appears.

noshima-15_6342It is indeed a skilled steering technique, and it remains firmly in the place where it seems to be pushed back even though it is an engine ship in a terrible tide. Thanks to you, you can also take photos. Thank you, boatman.

noshima-16_6344It might be difficult to understand because it is a photograph, but can you see that the line of the wave is reflected from the right back to the left? The tide is generating with great momentum.

noshima-17_6351Beyond the tide, to the north side of the island. We went to the area called “Ship Drift”. It is an eroded dent, and the waves are stable, and when the tide pulls, the sandy beach appears.

noshima-18_6353The trees are growing, but on the bedrock is the “reef pits” where the pillars that once moored the ships were erected, and the narrow passages (“dog run” and Boatman said) remain intact. They come close to me

noshima-19_6354Reef Pit traces remain on the sea-erosion terrace. A circular hole of 20cm large is a mark that was once a pillar. They are lined up evenly. It is said that the pit mark continues to the bedrock part which sinks in the sea.

noshima-20_6357Reef pit marks. A narrow passage on which the flattened part is called “Dog Run”. It went up from the moored ship to the dog run through the bedrock, and did it move to the castle in the parallel?

noshima-21_6362Panoramic view of the reef pit and the sea erosion terrace. When you come in winter, the trees on the top are reduced, and the whole picture is easier to understand.

noshima-22_6363A panoramic view of the north side of Noh Island. The right side is “Demaru”. It is a “boat” that remains the reef pit mark of the front recessed place seen a while ago.

noshima-23_6367Once you blow the engine away from the island. And, it wraps around and goes to the west side of the island.

noshima-24_6378As we entered the west side of the island, we could see the pier that had been hardened by the stone walls.

noshima-25_6383Pier panoramic view. The state of the stone wall and the ground level is seen from the offing slowly although it does not land yet.

noshima-26_6380The pier and the top of it are clean and flat and the trees are cut down. I can see a beautiful stone wall on the left side, but more than 90% of recent restoration.

noshima-27_6390View of Noh Island from the southwest side.

noshima-28_6396A small island on the south side of Noh Island, sea bream Sakishima. The small shrine where Benzaiten was enshrined (Noh Island Benzaiten) was built. At that time, it was a castle area, too.

noshima-29_6402To sea bream Sakishima. It is only seen from the circumference because it does not land here today. There was something at the south end.

noshima-30_6400Jizo-like at the southern tip of Taisakijima. Behind it is a huge bedrock and a huge hole that seems to have been eroded.

noshima-31_6415We arrived at the port of Noh Island. Finally landed. Walk around the island for about 45 minutes with the guide.

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Date of Visit: June, 2018
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-T10 + XF10-24mm
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