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Prefecture Castle [1/3] Heijo surrounded by moat and stone walls that remain in the city.


Prefecture Castle [1/3] Heijo surrounded by moat and stone walls that remain in the city.

title_funai_840x270The prefecture Castle was built by Shigetoshi Takenaka (the nephew of Takenaka Hanbei/brother-), who was 35000 in Oita Prefecture after Sekigahara, Heijo. It was built to renovate the “unloading Castle” built by Naoki Fukuhara, a former Hideyoshi retainer. The yuan was the base of the Sengoku daimyo Otomo Sorin of Bungo in the prefecture. It was a heijo with an estimated quadruple tower and numerous turrets surrounded by a large double water moat, but many buildings were lost in the fire and war, and only the hostage tower and the Munmon tower survived. Three double turrets and a major gate were restored in the Showa era. Uchibori is reclaimed for the prefectural office building in the Meiji era, and the round and the East Circle of Honmaru and West are integrated now. The outer moat and the stone wall built inside it are almost existing.

Basic Data >
Name: Fuuchi Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Oita-shi, Oita ( map )
● Lord: Shigetoshi Takenaka
● Castle: Keicho (1601)
-Remains: Hostage tower, Munmon Tower, Ishigaki, Tower, Melody, moat

Date of Visit: January, 2017
Visit to the prefecture Castle- one , two , three . The old Visit (2013).


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funaijo_01_215015 minute walk from Oita station. The stone wall and the tower group suddenly appear in the town where the prefecture and the enterprise line up. The area in existence is within Nakahori. First, let’s enter the castle from the major gate on the south side.

funaijo_02_2152The front of the big Gate is Dobashi. The tower on the right has been rebuilt.

funaijo_04_2154I crossed the Dobashi and went to the castle. The tower gate which looks to the left of the road, and turn to the right becomes a major gate.

funaijo_05_2158See from the top of the Dobashi, the tower to wear. In addition, the inner moat on the right side is reclaimed for the road construction, and it is considerably thinner toward the major gate.

funaijo_06_2159The inner moat and the stone wall on the left toward. This is like the original width as long as the old maps and compare. The moat on the right on the other side also had this width before.

funaijo_07_2160To the big gate. It was destroyed by the U.S. military indiscriminate bombing in 1945, and it was rebuilt with other turrets in 1965.

funaijo_08_2161The rebuilding giant gate. Compared to the right side, the size of the stone wall on the left is dignity of the major gate.

funaijo_09_2165I look at the stone wall in front of the major gate. A pile of wild stone piled up as it is. The top is pretty small. In addition, the narrow passage “dog run” is built around the stone wall, but it is a point of attention that these are made in combination of stones. The usual “dog run” seen in Hikone castle and Kishiwada Castle is a stone product, but the base is a soil-based part which faces the moat.

funaijo_10_2162To the big gate. From the front.

funaijo_11_2163It is not a prefecture castle. It is said that Kato Seisei is helping in the construction of the stone wall of the prefecture Castle. In the past, it had three large water ditches: Uchibori, Nakabori, and outer moat, and the north side was facing the sea, but now it was lost except for a part of both Nakabori and Sotobori. Only the outer part of Uchibori remains, and the inner moat which separates the circle etc. of the Honmaru and the West has been reclaimed.

funaijo_12_2169From the inside to the big gate. The stone wall on the left side is a splendid lespedeza. The right side is still piling up. By the way, the person who collects it because it is put on the side of the pillar in this big gate does not forget the 100 castle stamp.

funaijo_13_2171From the big gate diagonally. The side of the Annex tower has also been restored.

funaijo_14_2170Inside the main part of the castle, which was entered from the major gate. Once a huge cultural center was built, it was removed in 2013. Now we have half the parking lot and the other half square.

funaijo_15_2174Southwest direction. The Double tower (Nishimaru double turret) seen in the back corner is rebuilt after the war. The flat tower in front of the blue building on the left is the existing Munmon tower. There is another one in the castle, the hostage tower at the northwest end of the Honmaru, and two buildings of this Soumon tower exist.

funaijo_16_2173Old explanatory board built in tile. In the past, the innermost moat that separated the Honmaru, Nishimaru, and Dongmaru was reclaimed in the Meiji era, and now it is a huge square, all connected. Moreover, it seems not to be left as this figure that a part is reclaimed or the bridge is made in the inner moat of the outside.

funaijo_17_2175A huge tower stand and the stone wall of the Honmaru ruins are left at the head of a major gate entering. The huge stone wall in front of me is the tower stand of “Kita Double Tower” which was in a place connecting Honmaru and Nishimaru. It is possible to climb from the stone steps, so let’s go up.

funaijo_18_2177It is corners jealousy aligned to the rustic field piling, and the long side and short sides are piled up alternately.

funaijo_19_2179A powerful horn stone. On the left side of the Gangi (stone steps), there might have been a tarmon tower or a soil wall.

funaijo_20_2180Is the back of the North double tower a former pier? Stone steps are being organized to get down. Let’s get down here later.

funaijo_21_2181A part of the stone wall of the North double turret might have been destroyed or it is in a strange state somehow. I’ll start from the stone steps on the right. The North double turret was barely built in Nishimaru, but the area of this stone steps is already in the Honmaru. I don’t know if the stone steps were at the time, but I’m sure it was only from the Honmaru side of the tower.

funaijo_22_2182We went up the stone steps to the top of the stone wall. It seems not to be enclosed by the fence, but it has come to move the wall of the Ishigaki edge. First, to the left North Double tower.

funaijo_23_2183On the north double turret. The lawn is laid and it is in the observatory state. No hopeless, is the wire mesh attached to prevent falling?

funaijo_25_2187From the top of the North double tower, looking towards the northeast. An inner moat bent over. The double tower in the back is an existing hostage tower.

funaijo_26_2188The northwest direction is seen from the top of the North double tower. The corridor bridge which is hung in Uchibori which is seen from the gap of a big tree is restored unfortunately. Since the inside is able to pass, let’s pass later. The other side of the corridor Bridge is a former Yamazato mountain, and the shrine is enshrined now. At that time, the north side is reclaimed and it is connected though the mountain village tune Ring was an island state surrounded by Uchibori now.

funaijo_24_2184Let’s move to the top of the tower stand through the stone wall. Did it go up to the tower through the inside of the Tagmon Tower which was here at that time?

funaijo_27_2189To tower units. The ladder of the stone steps etc. At that time was not able to be found though it might have been built from the Tammon tower to the tower.

funaijo_28_2190Tower to the top of the unit. Once on this the quadruple tower was towering. Burned down in the conflagration of 1743. It is said that the rebuilding was not made afterwards.

funaijo_29_2191From the top of the tower, overlooking the Honmaru Nishimaru direction. In the back of the tree, a little black part is a trace of the moat at that time.

funaijo_30_2192From the top of the tower, overlooking the Honmaru-dong-maru direction. It is completely hardened with concrete, and the appearance such as the moat ruins before can not be imagined at all. Whether to reproduce the surface of the moat in the past, or better to restore rather, I wonder.

funaijo_31_2193And from the top of the tower, overlooking the north side. In the back of the garden ruins, you can see the existing hostage tower. I seem to be able to go through the garden to the right under the tower, so let’s go later.

funaijo_32_2195Tower from the top to the west, Horikoshi Corridor Bridge. The North double turret I saw earlier is also visible on the left.

funaijo_33_2196Tower down the stone steps on the side of the car. The corner stone of the tower which is adjacent to the right is supposed to be strange, and has broken down for sightseeing to make this stone steps?

funaijo_34_2197Tower stone walls. It is also a field piling. Tower had been built in Kyung Long (1602). Unlike the gate, so it is not the one to be rebuilt so, the stone wall of the early field might have been used until it burned down in the middle of Edo.

funaijo_35_2198Tower-Taichung Ishigaki Panorama. The surrounding trees are also beautifully arranged.

funaijo_36_2199Let’s go to the north side and enter the garden.

funaijo_37_2200View from the garden side, Tower Dai Ishigaki. The tower stand is beautiful to see from the corner.

funaijo_38_2201Double turret located at Northern Honmaru. One of the two surviving is a hostage tower.

funaijo_39_2202Hostage tower. The door is tightly sealed.

funaijo_40_2204The hostage tower and the soil wall connected to it. The inner castle is surrounded by a clay wall on the stone wall facing Uchibori, but it is unclear how far it will be restored in existence. It is likely to have rebuilt the one that the soil wall had been almost destroyed because the other was destroyed in the Meiji era except two turrets, and it burnt down by the U.S. military indiscriminate bombing of the Showa era.

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