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Tokoku Castle: A castle built on an island that protects the inlet of the strait.

Tokoku Castle: A castle built on an island that protects the inlet of the strait.

倭城 加徳城
The castle was built on the top of a small island called No Ho Next island, just north of Tokushima, which was an important base in the southern peninsula, to protect the strait and Tokushima. It is called no ho next wa castle because it is built on the no Ho next island. It is felt that it is a great location to behold a narrow strait between the peninsula though the entire summit part is unpacked and planted (pine), and it is difficult to understand how far the figure of the time is, except for a part of the Ishigaki ruins etc. It seemed that the defied was restricted for the prevention of wildfire in winter, and it was made to leave by the warden came along the way, but the stone wall of the main part was able to be seen.

Basic Data >
Name: Tokoku Castle (no ho next wa Castle)
● Location: Busan Wide area, Gangnam Nishi-ku ( map )
-Lord: Takkei Kobayakawa
-Castle: Bunroku two years (1593)
-Remains: Ishigaki
● Time: 1 hour (9:00 − 10:00)
● Information: WA Castle

Date of Visit: November, 2018

WA Castle Tour [2018] – Kumakawa/Sacheon River/Forward Heaven/Nagato-pu/Higashi Laiwu/Tokoku/Gimhae-Takeshima
Wa Castle Tour [2017] – Anghaura/Busan mother/Machine Zhang/Nishi-ikuura/Ulsan/Yeongdeungpo/Matsumasura/Nagato-Oura/Liang-san/Kameura

Visit >

wajo_katoku-01_6063It is an isolated island in the southern part of the peninsula, but it is now connected with the Tokoku Bridge, no ho. There is a WA castle in the back of the white building on the right. I go up the slope to wrap around.

wajo_katoku-02_6065I found the explanation board on the way. The confusing one is not the mountain on the other side of the board but the WA ruins of the mountain on the tip of the board. At first, I climbed the mountain in the back of the explanation board by mistake.

wajo_katoku-03_6064No ho next WA the description board. No ho Next is Nulcha (Nurcha) in the English notation, and read Japanese “Tsuji”? The character of “No Ho” of “where straightforward” is not used so much though it is a letter.

The following explanation plate outline → “The Japan army that devastated the whole country to advance to the Daido Jiang and Hamkagami Jeonbuk, the castle built in Tokushima to seize the strategic key points that lead to the south coast and the Nakdongjiang in a shortage of supplies and supply troops. He had a role to support the Gimhae and the castle of Takeshima, and was stationed Japan Army until the withdrawal in 1598. No ho next wa castle is a WA castle on the northern no Ho Island, 1.5 km away from Jotoku Shinshiro, with a ring with a base on the outside, and a stone wall built around the peak of 70m at altitude. Although part of the stone wall of the main Guo remains, most of the castle ruins became arable land. 」

wajo_katoku-04_6068Let’s aim at Tokoku Castle again. The main enclosure is the front of the mountain and the area where the top right side is drilled. The overpass which is seen in the left back is the Tokoku bridge which connects the Korean Peninsula and no ho next island and Tokushima.

wajo_katoku-05_6072The ruins of the castle are mostly cultivated, as was the explanation board. Although the road continues to the top of the mountain, it might be a road made for cultivation.

wajo_katoku-06_6074It is not understood well though it might have been a castle ruins already around here.

wajo_katoku-07_6076It came out to the Ridge Road in front of the mountaintop. The front is a field, and there is a hut, too. According to the Walk of the WA Castle, it is written that it is a Southwest tune group also around the front field, but it is completely in the field, and the South Koreans in this area will stop going to see because it is likely not to run at all in English.

wajo_katoku-08_6077I went up to the ridge and looked to the right. The top of the back enclosed by the fence seems to be a main Guo.

wajo_katoku-09_6079To the back along the fence.

wajo_katoku-10_6080There were stone steps going up to the top. On top of the stone steps is a small stacked rock wall. Obviously it is not a stone wall at the time, and the atmosphere like the private land is terrible, and I try to go further ahead of the outer periphery through the meantime.

wajo_katoku-11_6081The fence also ended, and the stone began to strewn about on the circumference of the slope. Is it a remnant of the stone wall at that time?

wajo_katoku-12_6082There is a way to open the field of view and continue to the top of the ground. There is no such thing as a stone wall. The road seems to be this far, and because it was a slope ahead, I go up from here.

wajo_katoku-13_6083The cutting level of the top is a tree of pine trees. A few years later, the pines grew and could not be seen at all. Let’s walk in the pine forest along the perimeter.

wajo_katoku-14_6084The outer periphery is not a feeling that is somehow excited, but has been planted on one side, I do not know well. Walking along the perimeter of the WA castle, it was said that some of the stone walls were in existence. It is a dense fog castle in the position to behold the narrow strait, but it is unfortunate at the time of the castle, and the strait is not seen at all.

wajo_katoku-15_6119When I go to the back along the outer periphery for a while, what seems to be stone wall in the back slope has been seen! Because it is planted to the last minute of the ground level, it is difficult to move very much, but goes toward the stone wall.

wajo_katoku-16_6089Oh, I can see the stone wall and broken! Because it does not see from the top, it descends to the slope. The slopes are damp and the end of November is still a feeling of this yabi. It might not be able to get off at all except winter.

wajo_katoku-17_6092Let’s approach the stone wall. It is piled up a lumpy, secused stone that does not resemble the reclaimed land. The recess of the broken has been lost as collapsed, but the corners of the end of the break remains pat.

wajo_katoku-18_6100The stone wall remains in the Lord Guo. It is atmosphere that the stone wall seems to come out about two steps when the soil is sharpened and it is maintained.

wajo_katoku-19_6095Up Ishigaki. There is only this, but the impression when it reaches because there is only this oppositely is immeasurable. The stone is similar, but the way of the stone wall piled up is a little different impression with nearby Anishiura Castle (Wakasaka Yasuji) and Kumakawa Castle (Konishi line length). WA Castle is a lot of the case that the structure and the atmosphere are different by the castle as many warring feudal lords are built by each technology.

wajo_katoku-20_6107When I get off the slope a little and try to overlook it, it becomes invisible. It is likely to disappear at all in summer.

wajo_katoku-21_6111This is the limit though it challenges the overlook by changing the angle. At that time, such a stone wall might have rolled all circumference in this corner only in the stone wall which seems not to exist.

wajo_katoku-22_6115The stone wall was not seen any longer even if the slope went to the interior as it was, and it came to the vicinity of corners. It might be buried in this terrible yaban.


wajo_katoku-23_6123It went up to the main enclosure again, and the stone wall was not seen from above or it walked. The stone that seems to be the top edge of the stone wall is putting out the head from the gap of the bush.

wajo_katoku-24_6125I tried to wander around, but it seems to be the limit. Sorry.

wajo_katoku-25_6122There is a small top in the north side of this main enclosure, and there seems to be a place also named the north side of the wheel. Probably that. In the meantime, completely in the forest state, abandoned the visit.

wajo_katoku-26_6130Then, when you are strolling through the summit portion, appeared a Korean aunt who came uniforms. I’m talking about something, but I don’t understand English at all, and I don’t know what I’m talking about. Because it seems to say that the withdrawal apparently, while the descent together, to communicate somehow by making full use of the app what you’re talking about, it’s completely impossible. My aunt came to this hut at the foot of the mountain and made coffee here for some reason. When you look at the translation app character in front of the hut “Wildfire monitoring vigilance place”! I have heard that the Korea is dry and there are many wildfires in winter, and there is a mountain to be regulated in wintertime, but is this one of them? However, the mountain top was not a prohibition because there was a person who was doing the field work, and the contact might have gone because a lot of foreigners had visited.

wajo_katoku-27_6133I climbed down and looked up at Shiroyama from the foothills. On the hill at the north end of the small no Ho next island. The dense fog was so hard that it started to clear up by the time he came down.

Date of Visit: November, 2018
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-A3 + XF10-24mm
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