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Okashiro [1/6] The ruins of a super-huge fortress famous for the moon of the castle.

Okashiro [1/6] The ruins of a super-huge fortress famous for the moon of the castle.

Okashiro is a modern castle of the total stone wall in the mountains in central Oita Prefecture. It began in the castle of Mr. Shiga who was a retainer of Mr. Otomo of the Sengoku daimyo of the Bungo historically, and the clan of Nakagawa Mr. was restored to the whole stone wall by Hidesei Nakagawa who became lord in Hideyoshi age However, the name of Okashiro is made the most famous might be the one by the song “Moon of the Ruins” of the waterfall Rentaro composition which wrote based on memories in the ruin of the Oka castle ruins. By the way, the lyrics are different people and the theme is Sendai Castle and Aizuwakamatsu Castle . On the mount are statues of the moon of the castle and the statue of Rentaro Taki. Only the ruins of the fortress built by a huge stone wall remain on the mountain now.

Basic Data >
Name: Okashiro (Wikipedia)
● Location: Takeda City, Oita Prefecture ( map )
● Lord: Mr. Shiga/Hideari Nakagawa
-Castle: Around the fourteenth century/1594 (Bunroku 3 years)
-Remains: Ishigaki
● Information: Japan Hyakuna Castle No.95 ( list )

Date of Visit: January, 2017
The visit to Okashiro-the one , two , three , four , five , six .

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okajo_01_3279Okashiro is on the mountain of about 100m high. It is possible to rise by the car though it rises even if walking from the castle town in the base of the mountain, and there is a parking lot in the bottom of the west end of the castle ruins which extends to the east and west. From the parking lot, it looks like a huge stone wall is spreading overhead.

okajo_02_2961First, let’s get up to the reception desk at this building in the back of the parking lot. It holds 300 yen as a preservation fee for historical sites. A roll-shaped pamphlet is wonderful.

okajo_03_2963Huge information board on the side of the entrance. A huge castle was built across the mountain ridge surrounded by the Inaba River and the Shirataki River.

okajo_04_2964Up the main part of the castle. Now, the left-most “general public office” from here through the slope to admission from the major gate. The West is a rearm area such as the main part of the Honmaru, Nimaru, and Sanno Maru, such as the U-shaped Nishimaru and the center lined with three-layer tower, etc., and the east side of the mausoleum and the retainer mansion.

okajo_05_2966Let’s climb the slope from the parking lot and aim at the major gate. There is a space where souvenir shops are lined up ahead, and it has been paved for a while. I climb while seeing the stone walls and bedrock which remain in places.

okajo_06_2968A group of buildings along the road. The moon of the pension Arashiro.

okajo_07_2969In front of the souvenir shop, it is a stone monument gatehouse the gun way. The specialty of Takeda City, Shiitake mushroom, Hime Daruma.

okajo_08_2971When you go around the souvenir shop, there is a huge Hill ruins monument and the stone wall of a major temple.

okajo_09_2973Semba of the historical Oka Castle. Handwriting, the last Oka Lord, and his grandson, Hisashi Nakagawa.

okajo_10_2972The Oka Castle ruins explanation board next to the stone monument. The content that changed the contents written in the application form of the country designated historic site in 1948 to the modern sentence.

okajo_11_2975Another one in the back ruins monument.

okajo_12_2977It goes up a gradual slope. It becomes the wall of the total stone walls from the middle. This road was once a major road, and there was a huge cube stone wall that was visible on the main gate.

okajo_13_2980I came to the bottom of the bedrock wall. From here, a steep staircase built along the bedrock of the stone wall goes up to the major gate at once.

okajo_14_2982The stone steps at once to the major gate. Are the stone steps and handrail parts that are beautifully processed, the remains of those days? By the way, there is a possibility that the ruins of Okashiro which had been ruined in the early Showa era were made public, and the one which had been built at that time mixed a lot.

okajo_15_2983They go up the stone steps Very steep stairs.

okajo_16_2984Turning the hairpin curve, you can see the big gate. The composition falls into the illusion of being in a castle in Europe somehow.

okajo_17_2986The small staircase built on the far right is the maintenance of the park making. It might be a reason to have the image like Europe that the top of the big gate in the back is uneven.

okajo_18_2987To the big gate stone wall. There is a small pedestal on the right side. A large stone is embedded in the central part of the main gate tower on the right side. A large stone is called a head stone, and it is said that it shows the height of the skill of masons, or it surprises what came to the castle (the height of the technical power = The magnitude of the power of the feudal lord). The stacking of small stones around a large stone is sometimes called “laughter.”

okajo_19_2988The major gate tower is Ishigaki. There used to be a huge tower gate on this. They were auctioned at the time of the Meiji Castle, and all the other buildings were removed.

okajo_20_2990A major temple explanation board. It is written that the cornerstone and the car overlay remain. What does the car overlay point to? The entrance was built in three places of a major, near-and Shimohara, and the first major was the East side (Shimohara Mikado or something), but it was renewed with the major gate here in the west direction by the advice of Todo Takora in 1612.

okajo_21_2991A cornerstone group with holes in the pillars that remain in the major gates.

okajo_22_2992Masugata was built ahead of the big gate.

okajo_23_2993From the front of the major gate and Masugata. There is a huge stone wall in the back where there was a Fubimaru palace. The stone steps to go up to the big Gate Tower stand have completely collapsed.

okajo_24_2999Masugata with the big gate, panoramic view.

okajo_25_2994The old crumbling stone wall remains there though it falls in the position masugata the main gate entering the front, and there was a soil wall of masugata before. A stone monument called the old giant gate ruins is built. The old gate at the time of the castle was here in the explanation board ahead. Once again this is a major gate, because it is too small at this gate, I wonder if you have re-created a huge gate.

okajo_26_2997From the tower stand of the former major gate. The old giant gate seems to have been a very small and narrow gate compared with the new giant gate. The main gate of the castle is insecure.

okajo_27_2996From the former major gate tower, we look toward the major road. There is a dent like Horikiri immediately out.

okajo_28_3003The stone wall at the south end of Nishinomaru extends from the turret stand of the former major gate.

okajo_29_3004-1A detailed view of the Oka Castle ruins in a major gate. It is written finely, but the character is small, so I cannot read it unless I enlarge it in the photograph. Split the left and right to post.

okajo_30_3004-2The west half of Oka Castle ruins. First of all, this U-shaped Nishiyuki-Maru and the House old Mansion Group.

okajo_31_3004-3The east half of Oka Castle ruins. At the east end, the former major mouth is left.

okajo_32_3005Let’s explore Nishiyuki Maru. The base of the stone wall with a huge staircase stands out immediately after entering from the big gate. The color of the character “right” on the top has disappeared although the-Hyochu written as “near gate Mark” is seen. There was not a gate here, and when advancing to the right back, one of three gates of former “near gate Mark”-Hyochu that it was able to go. Confusing.

okajo_33_3006The explanation board of Nishiyuki-Maru. A huge “East gate” was built on the stone steps in front of me, and it was said that a huge Nishinomaru palace (Nishi-maru) had been established on the other side of the interior. The fire was rebuilt once in the mid-Edo period, and it seemed to have been demolished until the Meiji era, but it was torn down by the abandoned castle.

okajo_34_3007A huge slope-shaped staircase up to Nishiyuki-Maru. There was a palace in the place where it was one step higher in the back. The huge slope which continues to the palace makes the grandeur stand out.

okajo_35_3008The slope was raised. There was a former Nishimaru palace on the stone wall in front. The place where we are now is the east gate which falls at the entrance of Nishinomaru. The stone column which seems to be a cornerstone remains at the step.

okajo_36_3010The stone monument of the East Gate. It seemed to have been built to block the destination where the slope had risen, but the majority was a soil wall, and the gate was the one of the width with the stone steps in the slope center.

okajo_37_3012There is a small staircase on the front and a large slope on the right side of the Ishigaki stand with Nimaru Palace. The front staircase was also drawn on the old maps, but the entrance was ahead of the slope on the right. I wonder if the small stairs were not normally used.

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