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Uwajima Castle [1/2] a castle built by Takora Todo and renovated by the grandson of Date Masamune.

Uwajima Castle [1/2] a castle built by Takora Todo and renovated by the grandson of Date Masamune.

The Uwajima castle was completed in 1601 as a modern castle with a gazebo-type tower, with a large renovation of a medieval castle, which was given the Iyo 7 million stone from Hideyoshi. After that, the eldest son of Date Masamune was entered in the Iyo 10 million stone and renovated into the tower type tower at the time of the second Munitoshi (the grandchild of Masamune). The town flourished as a castle town of the date ten million stone. In the Meiji era, buildings were dismantled except for the tower and the Chase gate, and the moat was buried in urbanization. The destruction of the gate was burnt by the indiscriminate bombing by the US military in 1945. Currently, tower and Ishigaki, the gates of the Keicho period remains. A long stone wall and a small tower remain quietly on the mound now.

Basic Data >
Name: Uwajima Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Uwajima-shi, Ehime ( map )
-Castle: Takora Todo (founded), Munitoshi date (large renovation)
Completion: 1601 (Keicho), 1666 (6th year of Kanbun)
-Remains: Tower, Ishigaki, Climbing Gate, Nagyakamon, well Mark
● Information: Japan 100 Meijo No.83 ( list )

Visit >

The second day of the Shikoku Bus Tour (3rd Castle) is about two and a half hours after departing from Kochi and going west on the Kochi Expressway, down the road and down the trail. Started from Uwajima Castle of the date house in the southwest region of Shikoku.

Although the ruins of the flat part including the moat are almost lost in Uwajima Castle, the stone wall and the tune ring and tower built on the mountain exist. There are two places in the north and the south. This time, it climbs from the south side, it goes around, and the route which exits from the north is traced. Preparation for the “History of Uwajima Castle” at the entrance of the South Gate. The territory is tower Todo Takora, and the existing one seems to be by the date family.

The “Climbing Gate” is located in the south of the port. The streamers. This is the Shimete of the castle (back door), and the medicine gate that is the main gate of the samurai according to the pamphlet. It seems to be assumed that it is the largest in the medicine gate existing in the whole country, and the founding age is Keicho. The gate which was built in the age of the high Tiger is near. The crest of the tile consists of nine circles. It is a crest of the Uwajima date family.

An explanation board of the climbing gate. It is an old handwritten sign that was installed in 1963, but I can read it well now. The pamphlet was built in the Keicho period (1596-1615), but the explanatory board is the Kanbun year (1661-1672). Is there no clear evidence, and neither is it supposed to be?

We crossed the gate and went to the castle. Long stone steps continue. 570m to Tower.

The stone steps are not uniform in width but are very difficult to climb. According to the guide’s story, the small stone steps of the width were renovated due to recent tourist attractions, and the original steps were the width of the stones that stretched to the side of the grass. The width and the step are high. This is hard to climb.

As you climb the stone steps, you will finally see the stone walls. The green of the stone wall is not a moss but a small leaf with a big state. It exudes the unique atmosphere of Uwajima Castle.

The signboard of the Uwajima Castle Preservation and maintenance project. I am glad to have an image of the real Uwajima Castle view.

The stone wall of the circle Shikibu. A small leaf is attached to the surface of the stone wall, and a peculiar texture is put out.

As we go along the mountain path, we hit a big stone wall. It is a stone wall in the vicinity of the bend called Nagato Maru. I could not see the green leaves on the stone wall that had been seen until now. Is it being maintained or is the natural environment different?

According to the map of the pamphlet, such as the Nagato Maru Gate and the right Yagakura were built around here. In particular, there was no explanation board. The stone was scattered on the ground whether to have been re-piling of the stone wall.

The road bends from here, and it advances to the tower direction at the top further. Walk around the area before you climb.

The high stone wall which rises to the left of the stone steps constitutes the melody of Fujibei Maru on that. It seems to be a local museum now. The white wall seen above is not a clay fence.

The Nagato Maru is across from the stone steps. Now it is a children’s park, and a management office is erected. Moreover, there seems to be a route which goes around the north side of Nagato Maru from this back to the North gate entrance.

To the stone steps leading to tower. The road is bent to the right, and it is a difference tiger mouth ahead of the stone steps. At that time, it might have been surrounded by yagura.

The tip of the tiger mouth is the Kaminarimon ruins. The white building on the left is the Yamazato warehouse, now a local museum.

Yamazato Warehouse. According to the pamphlet, The Armory, which was built in the second year of the Edo period (1845), was transferred from the date house in 1966 and is relocated here and is open to the public as a local museum. It is because there is no time because there seems to be no relation to the castle so much because the folklore material etc. are exhibited, and this time is through. Admission free.

If you go up the stone steps straight across the Kaminarimon, you will see a tower in the back. On the right side, there was a collapse or it was repaired, and the blue sheet which was heavily put is miserable.

The stone steps turn to the right. The stone wall on the other side is a different lespedeza with the nosurface piling up to now, and seems to be the result of the renovation by the date house. It is a pattern that the book Yagura stood on it. The stone steps are the three gates.

Honmaru stone wall seen from the vicinity of the gate of three. It’s just a towering wall. The stone steps were drawn with a hairpin curve, and the enemy soldiers passing near the three gates would have been attacked from the Yagura on Ishigaki. (No battle records at Uwajima Castle after the high Tiger was built.)

Tower to the Honmaru, enter from the other side of the hairpin curve. Honmaru stone wall is a field pile.

I looked back and saw a Honmaru stone wall, and a splendid chalk tower was seen over there. This place seen from the stone steps in the front of the Honmaru is a photography spot.

There is a small ground in front of the stone wall of Honmaru when the stone steps are raised. Ninomaru traces. The two gates seemed to have stood at the top stage of the stone steps which took the photograph.

Ninomaru Trail Explanation Board. Because it had become a hairpin curve, just below this is the gate of Kaminarimon, and that the enemy soldiers coming through there hit the ambush facility from above. It is directly connected to the band melody that is configured to turn around around the Honmaru. As a result of the excavation, some traces of renovation in the Edo period came out.

At the northernmost end of the Ninomaru, the cornerstone of the Yagura mark remains. This is a trace of Kaminarimon.

The Honmaru stone wall and tower are seen from the ruins. Great location! If it were not winter, the tree in the foreground might have been not seen well by the overgrown leaf. The castle ruins in winter feel lonely in black and white, but I like the view well.

To the front entrance to Honmaru. This is a solid lespedeza. The stone steps are also piled up neatly. The comb-shaped gate (one gate) was erected on the stone steps, and the Yagura was built on the tower stand of the left and right, and old times tower was not seen from here.

Honmaru to the top of the emergency. Looking back before tower, you can see Uwajima port in the northwest. When I built Takora, the surroundings of the castle were mostly sea, but I could taste a little atmosphere. And on the far left is the monument of “Uwajima Castle” which stands opposite to tower.

And finally, to the existing tower.

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