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The castle at the border of the Bumae Bungo which endured the onslaught of Shimazu [1/3].

The castle at the border of the Bumae Bungo which endured the onslaught of Shimazu [1/3].

The Murei is the medieval castle in the western part of Oita Prefecture, which is surrounded by cliffs on the mountaintop of 577m altitude, which was guarded by the local wealthy Kusu County (Kusugun) as the border of the old Bungo. It was a strong fortress of Mr. Otomo’s side which prevented the invasion of Mr. Shimazu, but Mr. Otomo was eliminated by Hideyoshi, and Mori Takamasa admission, and a large renovation to the early modern castle with the stone wall. After Sekigahara, Takamasa Mori moved to Saeki Castle and became the territory of Mr. Kurashima, the Iyo suigun. However, Mr. Kurashima was not allowed to have a castle in a small daimyo and was based in Jinya at the foot of the mountain, and the castle was abandoned. The ruins of the castle ruins, such as a huge stone wall and the tiger mouth mark, the ruins of the gate and the soil base remain in good though it was abandoned and some ruined castles were held.

Basic Data >
Name: Corner Mure Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Kusu-Gun, Oita Prefecture ( map )
● Lord: Kusu County, Mori Takamasa
● Castle: 13th century/Keikei long
-Remains: stone wall, earth base, vertical moat, Toraguchi

Date of Visit: January, 2017
Visit to the corner of the castle-the one , two , three .

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tsunomure_01_1996To the corner of the castle! From here, you enter the castle ruins. There is a sign on the corner.

tsunomure_02_1997Country designated Historic Site And there was once something, a trace of something made of stone.

tsunomure_03_1993Climb the roadway for a while. To a place with boulders inside the curve. There is an explanation board in the bottom which is hard to see.

tsunomure_04_1994The old battlefield of Nakahira. Tensho 15 years, when the Shimadzu Army advanced to the Horn Mure Castle (the Kusu of Otomo side), take the big stone to the shield, it is said that the ancient documents which described that it was beaten by the surging Shimazu soldier severely and left. That big stone is probably this.

tsunomure_05_1848Before long, the roadway reaches the plain place. The entrance is a place where the left and right are surrounded by masonry.

tsunomure_06_1992Sanno Maru is a parking lot. The cliff side also remains a splendid stone product. Let’s take a leisurely look.

tsunomure_07_1843The “Kakumrei Castle ruins” explanatory board located in the Minowa parking lot. A castle at the border of Bungo (southern part of Oita Prefecture) to prevent intrusion from the former toyomae (northern Oita prefecture). Historically, a series of “Toyosatsu Battle” in which Shimazu Otomo of Tensho 14-15 was waged a total war with the supremacy of Kyushu, while the castle of many Otomo side has fallen, famous as one of the castles their betterment from the onslaught of Shimadzu (other famous in the country reversal Castle of Usuki, you know the castle of the sky I did not have a castle. After Shimazu smaller dependent kingdoms to Hideyoshi, Mr. Otomo of Bungo was amended by Hideyoshi, and the admission of Mori Takamasa was replaced. He is greatly renovated into a modern castle with a stone wall and a tiger mouth structure. After Sekigahara, Mori Takamasa was transferred to Saeki Lord, and Mr. Kurashima who was Iyo Suigun was not permitted to have a castle from the house, and the Jinya was built in the foot of the mountain, and it became a deserted castle. Since it is neglected, the ruins of various at that time were excavated and preserved by the excavation of the Heisei buried.

tsunomure_08_1844A small figure is posted on the side of the Guide board. We are now in the lower left corner of the Sanno Maru Toraguchi. It seems that the second and Honmaru are going to be the compartments from here on another step. It is defended by a steep slope as understood even if the map is seen except the Sanno round side.

tsunomure_09_1845Another simple guide board. In addition to the route to the Minowa parking lot in the driveway, there seem to be two routes coming up from the foot of the mountain in the corner Mrei Castle.

tsunomure_11_1849The appearance of the inside of the Sanno Maru. The outer periphery is enclosed by the wall of the stone wall, and the inside is a state where the boulders are rumbling, and what appearance of yesteryear was not able to be imagined immediately.

tsunomure_12_1851Let’s take a look at the walls of a stone wall built on the cliff side of the Sanno Maru. It used to be that the soil wall and the tower covered the top, and the enemy who was climbing the slope, or the enemy who climbed the mountain trail from the shrine side of the mountain was attacked. tsunomure_13_1859 The stone steps that climb on the stone wall are also gangi. Because it seems not to be an off-limits, let’s go up.

tsunomure_14_1853The walls of the stone wall are about 2m wide. Was there a multi-hearing tower?

tsunomure_15_1854The walls of Ishigaki are built to follow the boulders at the entrance of the Sanno Maru and to connect to the boulders. It might be a rocky mountain with a lot of boulders originally.

tsunomure_16_1856The Gangi in front of the corners Tower. The part which rises to the tower is considerably thin and narrows.

tsunomure_17_1857It sees from the top of the tower stand with the mountains in the south.

tsunomure_18_1846Then, from the inner Tiger mouth, proceed to the castle. There is a signboard written “photo spot” on the explanation board, but I do not know how it is a photo spot.

tsunomure_19_1991From the exit of the Sanno Maru, look inside. It has a big bent and the whole interior is not visible. Such an impression like a huge masugata tiger mouth like the whole of the Sanno Maru. By the way, since the castle was abandoned in the Keicho period, there were no detailed drawings or records of the Kusu County during the period of Mori and the former, which was functioning as a castle, and this is also called “Densanno-maru” from the remains.

tsunomure_20_1865The place where the outer wall of Densanno Maru can be seen. From the bottom, it is a truly fortified aspect.

tsunomure_21_1868A number of vertical moat are dug in multiple in the slope of the Sanno Maru side. It is filled thin now, but the irregularities are certainly seen. It’s hard to see from the top, so let’s get down a little bit.

tsunomure_22_1982This is a view from the slope of a vertical moat. It is a pretty solid aspect when I think that the wall and the tower were built on this. If you are in this position, you can surely shoot.

tsunomure_23_1983The whole circumference of the Sanno Maru a little apart. Since this road is also the end point of the mountain trail from the shrine side of the mountain, if there was a road which rises from there at that time, the spectacle of the castle seen first comes to be this.

tsunomure_24_1985Is it a trace of the stone steps before or is the approach mark of posterity? The stone steps are buried in the slope.

tsunomure_25_1987This area is a rough terrain uneven is dug in multiple vertical moat. The individual vertical moat is difficult to see, but when viewed from a low point of view, the irregularities can be seen. At that time, the irregularity was more severe, and it might have been equipment which greatly interfered with the lateral movement literally.

tsunomure_26_1873Then, I returned to the Castle Road, and rise aiming at two no Maru. The road continues to spelled from the third round.

tsunomure_27_1874After a while, a huge wall of stone walls suddenly appears in front of your eyes. It is the tip of the large stone wall of the bottom of 2 No Maru which is the biggest highlight of the castle. On the right side, a long stone wall remains. At the beginning, there is an explanatory board written about the history of the castle.

tsunomure_28_1875A chronological chronology of the impregnable horn Mure Castle. All which the impregnable, the attack was carried out in part of the invasion of Bungo by the Shimadzu Army in 1587 (Tensho fifteen years), and the repelling of it (Shimadzu’s fierce general Shinou Musashi Mamoru Mototadashi gave up the attack with the resistance of the castle and Kusu County of the natural firmness).

tsunomure_29_1879The great stone wall of Kakumure Castle is a complex of various small and large stones. Mossy, dead leaves is piled up in some places problematic distorted, but still alive and well after more than 400 years after the abolition castle.

tsunomure_30_1878The bent part is a splendid abacus piling. Mori Takamasa, which is said to have built these stone walls, was originally from Owari and Hideyoshi Naomi, but it is not amusing even if there is a connection with craftsmen who can pile up and accumulate the woven-feng technology.

tsunomure_30a_1978The stone wall under the magnificent two no Maru. Great. The road to the second-round to the left to the right along the stone wall.

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