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Kagoshima Castle [1/2] Look around a few precious ruins from the Honmaru to the second round

Kagoshima Castle [1/2] Look around a few precious ruins from the Honmaru to the second round

薩摩 鹿児島城
Kagoshima Castle is a modern castle that was newly built in preparation for the threat of Tokugawa Mr. Shimazu, who was the Sengoku feudal lord of Satsuma, after defeat in the Battle of Sekigahara. Thereafter, it became the castle of the Satsuma clan Shimazu through the whole period of the Edo period. There is no huge structure such as the tower and high stone walls, and the castle of the large clan (77 million stones) is considered to be based on the clan thought that an exceptionally simple construction “forms a castle with a person”. However, instead of building a strong castle, the Satsuma clan had adopted the “outer Castle system (and the Watering)” which left many medieval Yamashiro in territory and defended each of the feudal samurai. The Castle (Kaminoyama Castle) built in the back mountain was abolished by the decree of one country of Motowa, and only the Heijo part of the foothills level was used afterwards. It became the base of the army in the Meiji era, and the Honmaru was burnt in Meiji 6, it became a battlefield of the Southwest war in Meiji era, and the two no Maru burnt down, too. The restoration project of “Gate” which falls on the Honmaru major gate is progressing. Aka “Tsurumaru Castle”.

Basic Data >
Name: Kagoshima Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Kagoshima, Kagoshima ( map )
● Main building: Shimazu Ihisa
● Castle: Keicho Seven years (1602)
-Remains: Ishigaki, Mizubori, Ishibashi, Kadato, etc.
● Information: Japan 100 Meijo No.97 ( list )

Links: Kagoshima Castle 1 , 2 .

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It is said that there is almost no remains, and ruins of the flat. Because the next schedule is too tight, I plan to walk here for one hour. Is it really all in one hour? Start the walk.

Start the walk from the parking lot which was built in the second no Maru mark. There were almost no cars from early in the morning. Top mountain ruins of Upper mountain. Not visited this time. You can walk up, but there is a parking lot on the top of the mountain and you can easily drive. The ruins such as the soil base remain, too, and the possibility of the ruins is high because the imperial headquarters of the Satsuma Army (Saigo Army) was placed in the Southwest War in Meiji 10.

This is one article. The drawing at the time of excavation of the Honmaru/2-Maru where the local explanation staff had been brought. The place surrounded by the moat on the right is Honmaru. There was a shoin, a palace, and a back. The left side is two no Maru. It seems to have been a place where it was not a two-round but one stage high once when the old drawing was seen while the back of the 2 No Maru was a parking lot. The short water moat between Honmaru and two No Maru is reclaimed now, and the water moat in the right under and the Honmaru which says in the figure exists. It descends from the parking lot to the 2-round side, and it goes down to the water moat mark of the boundary with Honmaru, it walks Honmaru stone wall, and the route from which the Honmaru is seen from the outside is traced to the road. The North is right.

Honmaru sat base, seen from the parking lot. The ground base remains. It seems that the stone wall had not been built here before.

Looking down from the parking lot, one step lower “2 No Maru”. The stone wall which extends to the left back is Honmaru outer wall. The part of the soil below it is a trace of the water moat. Let’s go downstairs.

To the ruins of the two no Maru. The part of the soil under the Ishigaki which is walking now is a place where the water moat used to be. The gutter traces for drainage from the Honmaru side are visible.

Honmaru stone wall facing the second no Maru. This style is called “Cutting Lespedeza”, which is stacked in a straight line with a beautifully shaped stone. I can see gutter marks and holes that seem to drain.

A low stone wall facing the Honmaru stone wall and the moat from the second round.

There is currently a library and a museum.

The center of the two-no-maru ruins is a modern building as described above, but the part facing the road remains ground of the soil, and there is a stone wall and an explanation board. Haggling’s see that to the Lord.

The two-no-maru jumps out to the road side somewhat than Honmaru. Or rather, it can be said that the Honmaru is dented only by the minute of the water moat. Overlooking the Honmaru moat from its part. By the way, the place where I am now was a water moat of the south side (between Honmaru and Honmaru). The mortise which indicates that there was a soil wall on the stone wall is open, but is mossy a little confusing.

It overlooks the Honmaru Mizubori from the second round. The bridge over the moat is the place where the “gate” Honmaru the main gate. Honmaru North End is invisible from here. The width of the Honmaru is about 150m or so.

Tobu-Marunouchi. There is a lot of greenery left around here. However, the one which seems to be ruins (the cornerstone and the fence ruins, etc.) cannot be seen because the mansion might have been lined. The mansion group of two no Maru was burnt down by the civil Army bombardment in the Southwest War.

The explanatory board of “Tsurumaru Castle Nimaru” which was built in the green part of the Ninaru Maru. Because it is put in a glass case, it is regrettable if it is said that it reflects and it is a pity that I am reflected by all means. The Honmaru and the round part of the castle drawing drawn in the Tenpo year are published in the up. Moreover, a huge building in the upper left (southwest) of the second round was built in the Guo called Minami Izumi-in, and “Terukuni Shrine (shrine)” enshrined the Shimazu Saiakira in the Edo period. The Southwest War burns in the Pacific War, and the present shrine is third generation.

A big tree that stands out in the trees of Nimaru. It seems to grow from the stone wall. Because it grows diagonally, it is hung by a lot of wires so as not to fall. The details of this tree are listed on the side of the stone wall, so let’s take a look at it later.

The entrance to the former library was one of two gates, called “Yagai Mikado (Lovely Mon)” When there was a castle. The second one was in front of the museum “Nimaru Mikado”. The stone wall is low for the masugata, or because it has been modified, or a low masugata unique Kagoshima Castle without the original high stone wall, is unknown.

From Yako-Mikado to Castle. Head north along the Nimaru stone wall and aim for Honmaru. The gate at the entrance of this library is from the 7th High School building in Meiji 34, which was built at the site of the second round (described in the explanation board earlier). There is a narrow ditch in front of the stone wall, but it is not understood from those days. There was no moat in the old drawing base before two circles.

Nichimaru Ishigaki.

The big tree which grows from the stone wall seen from the inside ahead. The roots are crawl in front of the stone wall like a giant octopus. This is impressive. Neck? It is called “Akkou” according to the explanation board which is multiplied by, and it is a big tree planted for the windstorm windproof for a long time, and it is a feature of entangled to other trees such as the air root extends like this, and sometimes Chain絡mitsui “host” is strangled. Barnyard ~

The boundary between the two circles and the Honmaru.

Beyond the border, to the Honmaru side. The stone wall is a dent, and a water moat is installed there. Mizubori is in existence.

Northward along the water moat. Honmaru stone wall is a slightly higher stone wall because the Honmaru itself is built higher than the second round. Kagoshima Castle has only a low stone wall, but in that it looks quite high.

The junction between the Nimaru and Honmaru stone walls. It is understood that the Honmaru was made ahead.

Honmaru Some of the stone walls were apparently repaired traces. Did it collapse in the Southwest war or collapsed in the Pacific War (Kagoshima air raid)?

The front of the moat was in a state like a field. I wonder if they are planting trees. The atmosphere of the street is very good.

Honmaru came to the front gate “gate”. It is now the main gate of the historical Materials Center “Reikan” which is built in Honmaru.

Monument of “historic Tsurumaru Castle ruins”. There seems to be another one wealthier the Honmaru North gate side of the historical monument, but I missed that.

Gate Ishibashi. This place was rebuilt from the wooden bridge to Ishibashi in the existing ruins and the culture seven years (1810). The imitation of the parapet is also the remains.

In front of the bridge, “Satsuma is a castle with people” explanation board. A tower-shaped building with no

They cross the bridge At that time, a huge gate “gate” was built to straddle the stone wall of this front and left, and at Kagoshima Castle without a high building, the castle Gate might have been the main star.

The imitation jewel attached to the railing of Ishibashi. It is said that it was a symbol of the authority such as the imperial court and the shogunate at that time, and this imitation jewel seen here and there now seems to be said that it was a symbol of the authority of the Shimadzu family that this is attached to the gate of the Kagoshima Castle here (Mr. Guide’s Story).

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Date of Visit: September, 2015
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-M1 + XF14mm
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