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Ozu Castle: A large tower castle with four layers of wood restored in 2004.

Ozu Castle: A large tower castle with four layers of wood restored in 2004.

The Utsunomiya Toyofusa, who was appointed as the guardian of Iyo from the Kamakura shogunate’s Hojo, Castle to build a castle in Ozu Jizo-dake. After a lot of Lord Transition in the world of Sengoku, it was maintained as a modern castle with four layers tower when the Todo Takora and Wakasaka Yasuharu served as Lord. The castle was destroyed after the Meiji Restoration, but four turrets were in existence, and the tower was rebuilt in the historical history faithfully in 2004 based on historical materials such as old photographs and the wooden model at the time.

Basic Data >
Name: Ozu Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture ( map )
● Castle: Utsunomiya Toyofusa
Completion: 1331 (Motohiro 1st year)
-Remains: 4 turret of the kitchen tower, etc. (extant), restoration Tower, Ishigaki
● Information: Japan 100 Meijo No.82 ( list )

Visit >

All around Shikoku bus tour 4 Castle is about an hour north of Uwajima Castle by Matsuyama Expressway. Hijikawa to Ozu Castle, which has a high stone wall along the elbow.

Start the stroll from the parking lot in southeast Ozu Castle. This corner of the castle is very large, and it is a mark of the Yagurashita Gate (Ninomaru Gate) which falls to the south of Ozu Castle Tower. The road which had passed now seems to have been dobashi in Uchibori according to the old map this opposite. At that time, the road turned to the left (west), and the tower gate was built in the east. The white building across the street is Ozu Civic Center.

When you cross the Yagurashita gate, you can see the high stone walls and tower that rise beyond the restored soil wall. Tower is the restoration of Heisei, high column tower in front of the tower, kitchen tower on the right in existence from the Edo period. The lower kitchen to the right of this photograph was under construction for preservation and maintenance.

On the way to the tower Honmaru, you can see the stone wall that surrounds the left side. Ninomaru Palace ruins. According to the explanation board, the Ninomaru is divided into the tune of the above and the bottom of the tune ring, and the stone wall of the photograph is a melody on. It is said that it stood in the back Palace (Lord Residence), and the table Palace (political execution place) under.

In addition, the tower which stands on a high stone wall comes into view more when going up. The good weather also combined to look good looking tower for a while.

The white building at the end of the Ninomaru is a tenement house. It is a tenement that comes to the gate of the partition wall in the tune ring according to the explanation board, and a tenement house that the gatekeeper was packing. Appearance reproduction.

Go up the slope from the back of the Ninomaru to Honmaru. It seems to have built the tower of two layers called “bitten tower” here according to the well round and the explanation board in the first Honmaru entering the circle.

According to the old maps, the east side of the Bite tower mark was blocked by the stone wall and the gate old times. The gate and the stone wall are removed now, and it is possible to go to tower in a straight line. This is a part of the stone wall.

The explanation board of the gate here. “Dark Temple”. According to the board, the gate was blocked by a stone wall in front of the tower, and the road was bent to the left in the gate, and it was literally dark in the gate because of the passing tower. Under this road, the stone wall in front of the Dark Gate was unearthed (as if it had been buried back).

Honmaru the top stage when it crosses the dark gate. Tower to the front of the two turrets following it. The building is connected inside and you can go back and forth freely. Admission from the photo-far right entrance.

Tower inside. In the entrance right there is a toll station, a genroku of Ozu Castle drawn in five years in front, and a wooden model of restoration tower. This is a pictorial.

Genroku five years Ozu, a pictorial explanatory board. The famous Masaho pictorial (circa 1644), which was submitted to the shogunate, is drawn in Triple tower, but it is depicted in four genroku years (1692). It is not so and whether it was changed from three to four times during the 50 years, since it is already marked as the fourth tower in the covert record of Kan’ei 4 years (1627), the tower of Ozu Castle originally is four-weight, Mr. Lord Kato at that time was falsely reporting the tower as a triple. What is really interesting is that this small explanation board is written with a slime.

Ozu Castle History Explanatory board. In the Ozu Castle, which has also changed Lord with the Times, the explanation of each Lord era has been made. Ozu was called Otsu until the time of Takakora, but Yasuharu Wakasaka, who entered after the high Tiger, said that he had changed the place of name from Otsu to Ooshima because his predecessor was Shima .

Through the Restoration tower, first viewing from the high column tower in the back. This name was Ozu from the tower with the only high-field railing in the castle. After reviewing the five photos, a high column is seen on the second Floor of the high column tower.

High column Tower 1F. The three gigantic timber under the stairs is the cross section of the timber used in the construction of the Restoration tower. From left to right, “Cypress for Heart pillars (250 years old)”, “Kiso Cypress for Beams (350 years old)”, “Chestnut for Foundation (120 years old)”.

To the high column Tower 2F. The inside of the round tile is seen in the back of a curved huge beam.

I want the Ozu Jonan side from the high column tower 2F. In the back of the triangular roof visible in the front back, there is one of the four existing turret, three-round south corner tower. The inner moat at that time and the other side of the road which extends to the East and west (left and right) in front are Ninomaru, and the back is Sanmaru. From the high column tower, each palace and samurai mansion of Ninomaru and Sanmaru seemed to have a view.

Explanation Board on the restoration of tower. Detailed drawings and old photographs, and a tower template created by master Carpenter at the time of the existence is rare. Precisely because they were aligned, I was able to restore the figure of old times accurately.

The state of Tower 1F. A huge, 350-year-old beam of Kiso cypress with a view of the cross-section lies imposing.

Tower Stairs to 2F.

It is a model that shows the appearance of tower construction. The model looks good in the castle.

I looked up upstairs from the landing of the stairs. It is unusual for a castle, and the central part of Tower 1F and 2F is a stairwell structure.

Overlooking the atrium structure from 2F.

Stairs from 2F to 3F. From here, the castle seems to be a steep incline. The explanatory board on the right side of the staircase shows the contributors of timber for each pillar.

Notice the steep slope of the stairs, the Topknot Samurai.

Tower 4F to the top floor. A very thick beam penetrates the top floor. The one like the bow and arrow on the beam is the festival tool used for the upper building ceremony.

It was understood recently that the carved wooden doll which shaped the rat was concealed on the beam, but because it was not visible from the bottom, the mirror was set up and the beam was able to be seen. Yes, there is a woodcarving rat!

A description panel on the mouse on the beam. It seems to have been introduced in Ehime Local news (TV). According to the local guide’s description, it seems that the woodcarving rats are the only carpenters who made it master carpenter, and when Master carpenter appeared on TV it seemed to have been aired as the secret of the Ozu Castle, and the guide didn’t know until it was aired on TV.

Another overhead warning sign that I found when I stepped down the stairs. Interesting. I’m going to hit my head watching this.

Again, outside the Ozu Castle tower. The tower and both turrets are looked back. The sign of Ozu Castle stands in front for the photo shoot.

Ozu the back of the castle sign. A brief history and the old photographs, models, and old drawings that were needed for restoration have been published. The old picture looks like a figure from the north side.

Tower Figure one more time. Tower with a high column tower on the south side.

Tower with the kitchen turret on the east side.

One step down from the tower, I looked up the tower and high column tower from the vicinity of the dark Gate. A black high column is seen well from here. The monotone is beautiful.

The tree was high and it was not possible to photograph well though it went to the north side to see the Ozu Castle Tower seen from the north side which existed in the old photograph before the descent. Tower figure seen from the northwest direction. The lower right building is a tenement-style toilet.

In relation to the schedule, the remaining two of the four turrets, the stage three cotton Tower (tower) and the Sanmaru Minamisumi tower could not be visited.

Date of Visit: December, 2013
Imaging Equipment: SONY NEX-C3
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