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Hitoyoshi Castle

Hitoyoshi Castle
(Higo Province/Kumamoto Prefecture)

Built at the crossing point of Kuma and Mune rivers that stream in a basin, taking advantage of those rivers as natural moats.
In the Kamakura period 9th year of Kenkyu era (1198), Nagayori Sagara entered the castle and the Sagara clan based there to rule the Kuma region. The Sagara clan grew bigger as a Sengoku daimyo during the Sengoku period and lasted as a daimyo that ruled the Kuma region until the late Tokugawa shogunate.
Hitoyoshi-jo was originally a mountain castle and the current form of this castle with dry stone structures was finished in the 16th year of Kan'ei era (1639) with the construction starting in the 2nd year of Keicho era (1597), having arranged Honmaru, Ninomaru and Sannomaru on the mountain at its back and the rampart on the flat ground at the foot.
The dry stone partly has the ceiling plate called "Musha Gaeshi" at its top.

(2008/5/7 )

Hitoyoshi Castle
Main gate of Sou enclosure
Hitoyoshi Castle Main gate of Sou enclosure
Tamon turret (Sou enclosure)
Hitoyoshi Castle Tamon turret (Sou enclosure)
Corner turret (Sou enclosure)
Hitoyoshi Castle Corner turret (Sou enclosure)
Sou enclosure and Stone wall (Musha gaeshi)
Hitoyoshi Castle Sou enclosure and Stone wall (Musha gaeshi)
Mizunote gate (Sou enclosure)
Hitoyoshi Castle Mizunote gate (Sou enclosure)
Horiai gate (Sou enclosure)
Hitoyoshi Castle Horiai gate (Sou enclosure)
Oshita gate (Sou enclosure)
Hitoyoshi Castle Oshita gate (Sou enclosure)
Third enclosure (lower)
Hitoyoshi Castle Third enclosure (lower)
Third enclosure (upper)
Hitoyoshi Castle Third enclosure (upper)
Second enclosure
Hitoyoshi Castle Second enclosure
Main enclosure
Hitoyoshi Castle Main enclosure

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Higo Province
Kumamoto Castle
Uto Castle
Yatsushiro Castle
Hitoyoshi Castle
Sashiki Castle
Tomioka Castle
Uchinomaki Castle

Kumamoto Prefecture
Kumamoto Castle
Uto Castle
Yatsushiro Castle
Hitoyoshi Castle
Sashiki Castle
Tomioka Castle
Uchinomaki Castle

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Hitoyoshi Castle Main gate of Sou enclosure

Main gate of Sou enclosure



Hitoyoshi Castle Tamon turret (Sou enclosure)

Tamon turret (Sou enclosure)



Hitoyoshi Castle Corner turret (Sou enclosure)

Corner turret (Sou enclosure)



Hitoyoshi Castle Sou enclosure and Stone wall (Musha gaeshi)

Sou enclosure and Stone wall (Musha gaeshi)



Hitoyoshi Castle Mizunote gate (Sou enclosure)

Mizunote gate (Sou enclosure)



Hitoyoshi Castle Horiai gate (Sou enclosure)

Horiai gate (Sou enclosure)



Hitoyoshi Castle Oshita gate (Sou enclosure)

Oshita gate (Sou enclosure)



Hitoyoshi Castle Third enclosure (lower)

Third enclosure (lower)



Hitoyoshi Castle Third enclosure (upper)

Third enclosure (upper)



Hitoyoshi Castle Second enclosure

Second enclosure



Hitoyoshi Castle Main enclosure

Main enclosure




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