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Obi Castle [1/3] from the rebuilt major gate to the giant masugata.

Obi Castle [1/3] from the rebuilt major gate to the giant masugata.

Obi Castle, a modern castle, was a clan agency of the Obi clan of Hyuga (Miyazaki Prefecture). The Lord is Mr. Ito, and since he was given the Hyuga kingdom from Ashikaga Takashi in the Muromachi period, he expanded his power as the castle of the county castle. It became the champion of Hyuga country to dominate the 48 castles in Japan, including the Obi Castle, but lost to battle with the Sengoku feudal lord Shimazu of Satsuma, it is chased by Hyuga country. After that, it became a retainer of Hideyoshi, and it was given the Hyuga country by military merit in the Kyushu Hirada, and it regained to daimyo. In Sekigahara, the East Army was relieved, and after that, Mr. Ito ruled Hyuga for 280 years until the Meiji era. Although all the buildings in the castle were destroyed in the early stages of the Meiji period, a magnificent stone wall was built in the entire castle, and the major gates and the like were rebuilt.

Basic Data >
Name: Obi Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Nichinan-shi, Miyazaki ( map )
● Main building: Mr. Tsuchimochi/Yusuke Ito
-Castle: Nanbokucho era/Tensho XVI (1588)
-Remains: stone wall, earth base, moat, restoration gate, etc.

Visit >

Start the stroll from the parking lot where the information office stands.

As soon as you leave the parking lot, there is a stone wall and a slope. Now it is a slope to go through the car, but at that time it was the stone steps. The stone steps of those days are still sleeping underground.

If you look closely at the stone wall of a major road, it has been shaped pretty beautifully and stacked like a brick with a cloth pile. On the right, there is a stone that depicts a curve like Kamaboko.

To the Obi Castle Major gate. The Lord’s mansion remains on the left and right by the big gate, but it visits after the castle.

In front of the bridge to the moat in front of the main gate is a splendid stone monument of Obi Castle. Above, the family crest of the Ito family, “Iori in the House”. It is engraved with the crest of the famous tree melon which is drawn in the house by Nobunaga Oda.

A trace of Uchibori remains in front of the major gate. The Edo period was also a hollow moat (whether it was a hollow moat from the time the castle was built by Mr. Shimazu). The right side of the moat (outside of the white) is called “Yokbaba”. The ground base on the castle side is piled up quite high.

I look at the Otemachi bridge from Yokbaba to Uchibori. It is a dobashi reinforced by the stone wall.

I look at the major gate from the bridge. It was rebuilt in 1978. It is not a historical restoration.

A brief explanatory version of the Obi Castle and the leading gate, which stood in front of the major gate. Obi is originally the territory of Mr. Ito (not Honjo), but becomes the territory of Satsuma Shimazu in the Warring States period. After that, it became the age of Hideyoshi and became the territory of Mr. Ito again (this time Honjo). It was Mr. Ito’s territory until the Meiji era thereafter. The major gate, which can be said to be the face of the Obi Castle, was built in 1978, with a Obi cedar of more than 100 years old, and a traditional construction method called “set-up” which does not use any nails, but rather a “restoration” at the time of the Edo period. The “mock appearance” structure of the design that the scholar thought by referring to other existing gate etc.

Beyond the big gate, to a splendid masugata. Quite wide.

The big gate is looked back from the inside of a major masugata.

Although it is a mock design, the appearance is quite.

The major gate was in existence until around Meiji 4. Were there any blueprints or old photographs necessary for the restoration of the appearance (the reconstruction of the same figure at that time)?

Obi Castle Major Gate description version. The building of the design supervision by the Showa Scholars. The inscription on the cornerstone during construction is found and it is stored inside the gates.

This is the cornerstone monument that was stored inside the major gate. It is written as “the pursuer Gate Formosa Ishigaki Mikado Restoration”, and the name of the carpenter and the magistrate etc. which was in charge of the construction thing is lined up. Obi Castle has been collapsed many times in a major earthquake, and it is one of the works that has been repaired each time.

The long stone steps leading to the castle from a major masugata. It has a subtle angle and width that is difficult to walk.

Masugata back than the big masugata inside. There is a clay wall with the gun gap which aims at the Masugata.

A panoramic view of the major masugata and stone steps and clay walls.

A panoramic view from the inside of a major masugata. The interior of the major masugata is surrounded by a clay fence with all four sides of the gun gap, to receive the salvo at the same time entering exactly “between death” specification.

A large stone wall in front of a major masugata. The stone wall without the gap by the slit cut is irregular. The dirt sore of the stone wall is greatly different in the upper half and the lower half because the upper half is restored (repiling at the time of maintenance of the Showa ERA).

Left the leading masugata. Further to the depths of the castle.

The walls of the castle are the stone wall, but the upper half seems to be the ground base.

The wall was made by the lower half of the stone wall and the upper half a steep earth base. There is a considerable height.

Go up a gradual stone steps. There are two very tall cedar trees growing.

Masugata here too. I’ll call Honmaru Masugata to hit the front of the new Honmaru. The cornerstone of the ruins of the gate remains in the place where the entrance of the Masugata is. The ground has been hardened with concrete unfortunately.

Honmaru from inside Masugata, look in the castle. The right is the historical museum, the front is Honmaru, and now the elementary school.

The inside of the masugata is one step lower structure. The stone steps of about six steps were built on the entire surface. At that time, it was already in the new Honmaru (entrance part) when the old maps of the Edo period were seen. In a word, only the present elementary school is not a new Honmaru mark, and this part in the foreground is already a new Honmaru. (Reference: Obi Castle Director’s blog )

In Part2, we visit Matsuo Maru and former Honmaru.

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Date of Visit: September, 2015
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-M1 + XF14mm/FISHEYE 8mm
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