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Shimabara Castle [1/3] Honmaru to the Honmaru from the roadway that made the Seomyeon of Ishigaki


Shimabara Castle [1/3] Honmaru to the Honmaru from the roadway that made the Seomyeon of Ishigaki

In 1616 (Motokazu 2), the Shimabara feudal lord, Shigemasa Matsukura, spent seven years building Shimabara Castle and a castle town. The famous Shimabara Castle as a tower without any ornament such as a gable is the collection of the harsh tax is carried out in territory because it was an excessive oshiro to the Matsukura House of 4 million stones, there is a fierce crackdown on the Christians ” Shimabara Rebellion is said to have occurred (two generations Matsukura Katsuto, who was the feudal lord of the turbulent time) beheaded is taken responsibility for the outbreak! )。 After the Meiji era, the castle was withdrawn and dismantled. The large tower and the tower group were restored in the Showa era.

Basic Data >
Name: Shimabara Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Shimabara-shi, Nagasaki ( map )
● Built Principal: Itakura Shigemasa
● Castle: 1624 (Kan’ei year)
-Remains: stone wall, moat
● Information: Japan 100 Meijo No.91 ( list )

A visit to Shimabara Castle is one , two , three .


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Shimabara Castle is located in the southeastern corner of Nagasaki Prefecture, on a peninsula with Unzen volcano facing the Ariake Sea. It can be reached by land by road, but this time let’s take the route which lands to Shimabara port across the Ariake Sea from Kumamoto port.

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From the top of the ferry across the Ariake Sea. The highest mountain in the front back is the so-called Unzen Dake. Shimabara Castle is towards the right mountain hem toward.

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The zoom was visible from the ferry to the naked eye but not quite visible at all. A large tower of 35m in height is put out of the face on the trees.

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Landed in Shimabara. Head north from Shimabara Port to Shimabara Castle. In the Edo period, the Shimabara castle was connected by a corridor bridge by the Honmaru and the two-no-maru surrounded by mizubori, and the Honmaru was a structure that could not be entered without a second round. The bridge which can reach Honmaru (before tower) is made on the west side directly from the moat (circumference of Honmaru and 2 No Maru) now. The bridge I’m in now is that.

The three-layer tower seen in front is a tower of the West rebuilt in 1960.

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Overlooking the honmaru surrounding moat from the top of the bridge (north facing). People in the Edo period could not see the moat from this angle.

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I also see the south side of the bridge. There was water left in the moat. If you look closely, this side was created a way down the moat. Let’s go down to the moat before entering the castle.

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I looked up honmaru from the middle of the slope down to the moat. The stone wall in front is the one at the time of the early Edo Castle, but the soil base piled on the left is the one after the abolition castle. In the new road, the stone walls were partly destroyed.

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I looked up at the Honmaru West entrance from the moat. Honmaru The high stone wall of the surrounding area (implantation. However, the stone wall seen slightly from the side of the ground base of the bridge seems to be dropped. Nevertheless, why are the bases so large?

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I got down to the bottom of the moat. Honmaru from the southwest end. The south side of the stone wall seems to be completely covered with grass. If you look closely, you can see a little masonry on the underside of the ground base of the newly constructed West Bridge. In addition, the soil wall with the gun eyes which rolled around the circumference of the Honmaru is unfortunately restored in the Showa era.

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Take a panoramic view with an ultra wide angle lens from Honmaru Southwest side. There was no “Honmaru Nishi Bridge” which was originally seen on the left side, and both had continued to the depths of the water moat. How about Dobashi the bridge of a simple tree by breaking it, or returning it like the Edo period to enter by the corridor bridge from the second round side?

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The tour of the moat is made to this, and it finally Honmaru. The roadway which leads to the Honmaru by Honmaru the stone wall in the west side. It looks in the back, not the tower, but the west tower.

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A roadway that leads to Honmaru. The inner stone wall is clearly different from the honmaru circumference, and the so-called depth of cut is lined with an orderly stone precisely. I wanted to be in the field piling at least together atmosphere. The road bends to the left.

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The road leading to Honmaru. It is not the road in the Edo period, but it is bent like the tiger mouth so that it is thought for a moment. There is a glimpse of the large tower in the back.

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They look back on the roadway It’s really a old times. However, it is the Showa wind that the S curve is not a right angle.

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Honmaru to the emergency. When entering the Honmaru from the West Side road, the five layer large tower which suddenly rises in the front welcomes. This is impressive. There is no decorative element of the roof, such as a gable, like a pyramid layer tower type Tower. The “Sea cucumber Wall” which embedded the tile only in the bottom layer is given. It is called “sea cucumber Wall” because the plaster between the tile and the tile is shaped like the cucumber. It is famous for the walls of Kanazawa Castle in general. Tower units are from the Edo period.

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The tour in the tower is the last, and let’s stroll in the Honmaru first. There was nothing around the great tower and the parking lot. When I visited, my car was constantly coming in and out, but I took a picture when I was just gone. What is this structure to park the car beside the large tower that should be the centerpiece of Shimabara Castle?

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To the large tower north side. There was a bay window on this side. The white signboard attached to the stone wall under the bay window is the one when the water gun battle was played in “Astro DASH” of Japan television. Shimabara Castle is not a historical site in Shimabara City, but also a historical site, so it would be permissible to install the signboard of the variety program on the stone wall over several years outrage. No, this is it.

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Discourage to the east side of the great tower. There was an exit of the large tower here, but it is unclear whether it is from old times.

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There is a plum garden on the north side of the tower, and there are many stone walls left. There seems to have been a corridor bridge which goes to 2 No Maru when crossing the maze of the stone wall. There is no bridge anymore (you can go along the moat to the 2-maru) and head towards the 2-maru direction.

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To the Shimabara Castle Umeen. It was a mansion or a storehouse, and it was as intricate as a maze with low masonry. Go to the back along the road.

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The stone wall in Shimabara Castle Plum Garden.

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In Shimabara Castle Umeen.

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Date of Visit: October, 2014
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