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Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle

Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle
(Bicchuu Province/Okayama Prefecture)

The origin of this castle was the fortress built by Shigenobu Akiba in the 2nd year of En'oh era (1240). During Genko era (1331-34), Muneyasu Takahashi of the Miyoshi clan entered the castle.
In the 4th year of Eiroku era (1561), Iechika Mimura, a Sengoku daimyo in Bicchu Province, who was supported by the Mohri clan invaded and placed the castle under his control. In due time, the Mohri clan allied with the Ukita clan who opposed the Mimura clan and allied with the Oda clan. Due to this, the Mohri clan attacked the Mimura clan and his Bicchu Matsuyma-jo fell to the Mohri clan.
The Mohri clan was defeated in the Battle of Sekigahara and Masatsugu Kobori entered the castle as the representative ruler. Bicchu Matsuyama-jo was a mountain castle and as it was inconvenient for his daily services, he built a residence at the foot of the mountain seperately.
This is one of 12 castles in Japan whose castle tower still remains intact today. It also has turret and earthwork fortification.

(2007/3/11 、2017/6/19 )

Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle
Fuigo Pass
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Fuigo Pass
Naka-taiko enclosure
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Naka-taiko enclosure
Main enclosure
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Main enclosure
Stone wall on bedrock
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Stone wall on bedrock
Mud wall
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Mud wall
Third enclosure
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Third enclosure
Kuro gate
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Kuro gate
Umaya enclosure
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Umaya enclosure
Kurogane gate
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Kurogane gate
Second enclosure
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Second enclosure
Fifth turret
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Fifth turret
South gate of Main enclosure
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle South gate of Main enclosure
Sixth turret
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Sixth turret
Main enclosure
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Main enclosure
Main tower
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Main tower
Inside of Main tower
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Inside of Main tower
East gate of Main enclosure
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle East gate of Main enclosure
Udeki gate
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Udeki gate
Nijyu turret
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Nijyu turret
Back gate
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Back gate
Mizunote gate enclosure
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Mizunote gate enclosure
Mizunote gate
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Mizunote gate
Ushiro enclosure
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Ushiro enclosure
Trench
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Trench


Bicchuu Province
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle
Bicchuu Takamatsu Castle
Niwase Castle
Natsukawa Castle
Ashimori Jinya
Kakushu Castle

Okayama Prefecture
Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle
Bicchuu Takamatsu Castle
Niwase Castle
Natsukawa Castle
Ashimori Jinya
Kakushu Castle
Okayama Castle
Shimotsui Castle
Tsuneyama Castle
Tsuyama Castle
Katsuyama Castle

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Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Fuigo Pass

Fuigo Pass



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Naka-taiko enclosure

Naka-taiko enclosure



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Main enclosure

Main enclosure



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Stone wall on bedrock

Stone wall on bedrock



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Mud wall

Mud wall



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Third enclosure

Third enclosure



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Kuro gate

Kuro gate



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Umaya enclosure

Umaya enclosure



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Kurogane gate

Kurogane gate



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Second enclosure

Second enclosure



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Fifth turret

Fifth turret



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle South gate of Main enclosure

South gate of Main enclosure



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Sixth turret

Sixth turret



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Main enclosure

Main enclosure



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Main tower

Main tower



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Inside of Main tower

Inside of Main tower



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle East gate of Main enclosure

East gate of Main enclosure



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Udeki gate

Udeki gate



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Nijyu turret

Nijyu turret



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Back gate

Back gate



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Mizunote gate enclosure

Mizunote gate enclosure



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Mizunote gate

Mizunote gate



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Ushiro enclosure

Ushiro enclosure



Bicchuu Matsuyama Castle Trench

Trench




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