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Matsuyama Castle

Matsuyama Castle
(Iyo Province/Ehime Prefecture)

Matsuyama-jo was built by Yoshiakira Kato, the lord of Iyo Matsumae, who received a reward for his distinguished services in the Battle of Sekigahara. The construction started in the 7th year of Keicho era (1602) and Yoshiakira moved his residence to Matsuyama from Matsumae in the next year.
A typical mountain castle built on a mountain in the flat ground with its Honmaru arranged on a mountain top and Ninomaru and Sannomaru at its foot. The original castle tower had five layers, but was modified to triple-layered later. Although some of them were lost druing the war and fire, they were restored and many architectures including the castle tower remain today.
The Kato clan was transfered to Aizu in the 4th year of Kan'ei (1627) and the Gamo clan took over the post. The construction of Matsuyama-jo was finished in the Gamo clan's time. After the Gamo clan, the Matsudaira clan came and held the post by the Meiji Restoration.

(2006/10/1 、2009/1/13 、2012/1/2 )

Matsuyama Castle
Main entrance of main enclosure
Matsuyama Castle Main entrance of main enclosure
Tonashi gate
Matsuyama Castle Tonashi gate
Tsutsui gate
Matsuyama Castle Tsutsui gate
Kakushi gate
Matsuyama Castle Kakushi gate
Taiko turret
Matsuyama Castle Taiko turret
Taiko gate
Matsuyama Castle Taiko gate
Tatsumi turret
Matsuyama Castle Tatsumi turret
Inside of Main enclosure
Matsuyama Castle Inside of Main enclosure
Ichinomon Minami turret
Matsuyama Castle Ichinomon Minami turret
Ichinomon gate
Matsuyama Castle Ichinomon gate
Ninomon gate
Matsuyama Castle Ninomon gate
Ninomon Minami turret
Matsuyama Castle Ninomon Minami turret
Sannomon gate
Matsuyama Castle Sannomon gate
Sannomon Minami turret
Matsuyama Castle Sannomon Minami turret
Sujigane gate
Matsuyama Castle Sujigane gate
Small main tower
Matsuyama Castle Small main tower
South corner turret
Matsuyama Castle South corner turret
North corner turret
Matsuyama Castle North corner turret
Big main tower
Matsuyama Castle Big main tower
Uchi gate
Matsuyama Castle Uchi gate
Shikiri gate
Matsuyama Castle Shikiri gate
Tenjin tuuret
Matsuyama Castle Tenjin tuuret
Shichiku gate
Matsuyama Castle Shichiku gate
Inui gate
Matsuyama Castle Inui gate
Inui gate East tsuzuki turret
Matsuyama Castle Inui gate East tsuzuki turret
Inui turret
Matsuyama Castle Inui turret
Nohara turret
Matsuyama Castle Nohara turret
Ushitora gate
Matsuyama Castle Ushitora gate
Ushitora gate East tuzuki turret
Matsuyama Castle Ushitora gate East tuzuki turret
Second enclosure
Matsuyama Castle Second enclosure
Inside of Second enclosure
Matsuyama Castle Inside of Second enclosure
Deep inside of Second enclosure
Matsuyama Castle Deep inside of Second enclosure
Nobori stone wall
Matsuyama Castle Nobori stone wall
Third enclosure
Matsuyama Castle Third enclosure

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Iyo Province
Matsuyama Castle
Imabari Castle
Ozu Castle
Uwajima Castle
Kagonomori Castle
Yuzuki Castle
Noshima Castle
Kurushima Castle
Butsuden Castle
Saijou Jinya
Komatsu Jinya
Yoshida Jinya

Ehime Prefecture
Matsuyama Castle
Imabari Castle
Ozu Castle
Uwajima Castle
Kagonomori Castle
Yuzuki Castle
Noshima Castle
Kurushima Castle
Butsuden Castle
Saijou Jinya
Komatsu Jinya
Yoshida Jinya

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Matsuyama Castle Main entrance of main enclosure

Main entrance of main enclosure



Matsuyama Castle Tonashi gate

Tonashi gate



Matsuyama Castle Tsutsui gate

Tsutsui gate



Matsuyama Castle Kakushi gate

Kakushi gate



Matsuyama Castle Taiko turret

Taiko turret



Matsuyama Castle Taiko gate

Taiko gate



Matsuyama Castle Tatsumi turret

Tatsumi turret



Matsuyama Castle Inside of Main enclosure

Inside of Main enclosure



Matsuyama Castle Ichinomon Minami turret

Ichinomon Minami turret



Matsuyama Castle Ichinomon gate

Ichinomon gate



Matsuyama Castle Ninomon gate

Ninomon gate



Matsuyama Castle Ninomon Minami turret

Ninomon Minami turret



Matsuyama Castle Sannomon gate

Sannomon gate



Matsuyama Castle Sannomon Minami turret

Sannomon Minami turret



Matsuyama Castle Sujigane gate

Sujigane gate



Matsuyama Castle Small main tower

Small main tower



Matsuyama Castle South corner turret

South corner turret



Matsuyama Castle North corner turret

North corner turret



Matsuyama Castle Big main tower

Big main tower



Matsuyama Castle Uchi gate

Uchi gate



Matsuyama Castle Shikiri gate

Shikiri gate



Matsuyama Castle Tenjin tuuret

Tenjin tuuret



Matsuyama Castle Shichiku gate

Shichiku gate



Matsuyama Castle Inui gate

Inui gate



Matsuyama Castle Inui gate East tsuzuki turret

Inui gate East tsuzuki turret



Matsuyama Castle Inui turret

Inui turret



Matsuyama Castle Nohara turret

Nohara turret



Matsuyama Castle Ushitora gate

Ushitora gate



Matsuyama Castle Ushitora gate East tuzuki turret

Ushitora gate East tuzuki turret



Matsuyama Castle Second enclosure

Second enclosure



Matsuyama Castle Inside of Second enclosure

Inside of Second enclosure



Matsuyama Castle Deep inside of Second enclosure

Deep inside of Second enclosure



Matsuyama Castle Nobori stone wall

Nobori stone wall



Matsuyama Castle Third enclosure

Third enclosure




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