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Ozu Castle

Ozu Castle
(Iyo Province/Ehime Prefecture)

Oozu-jo's roots lie in Jizougatake-jo, built in the 1st year of Genkou era (1331) by Toyofusa Utsunomiya, the governer of Iyo. This was the Utsunomiya clan's base until the Sengoku period. In the 11th year of Eiroku era (1568) the Utsunomiya clan is wiped out by the Kouno clan, with the lands of Oozu falling into Kouno clan's posession.
When Hideyoshi Toyotomi conquered Shikoku in the 13th year of Tensho era (1585), Takakage Kobayakawa and subsequently Katsutaka Toda ruled Oozu. After Toda's death, Takatora Todo was named the ruler of the castle and formed the castle town. When Todo was shifted to Ise/Iga, Yasuharu Wakisaka and after that Sadayasu Kato ruled over the castle, and the Kato clan did so until the late Tokugawa Shogunate. The castle is built along the Hiji river, on the Jizougatake. The Hiji river is a hanging cliff, and the reverse side expanded into the castle town. The end became the main enclosure (Honmaru), and a palace at Ninomaru as well as a samurai residence at Sannomaru were built.
The castle tower is a rare 4-floor build, with clapboards at the bottom to support it and the appearance is unrefined. The castle tower's inside also has a stairwell.

(2009/1/29 )

Ozu Castle
Shimo daidokoro
Ozu Castle Shimo daidokoro
Second enclosure
Ozu Castle Second enclosure
Main enclosure (lower)
Ozu Castle Main enclosure (lower)
Main enclosure (upper)
Ozu Castle Main enclosure (upper)
Kouran turret
Ozu Castle Kouran turret
Daidokoro turret
Ozu Castle Daidokoro turret
Main tower
Ozu Castle Main tower
Inner moat
Ozu Castle Inner moat
South corner turret (Third enclosure)
Ozu Castle South corner turret (Third enclosure)
Owata turret
Ozu Castle Owata turret
Hijikawa
Ozu Castle Hijikawa

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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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Ozu Castle Shimo daidokoro

Shimo daidokoro



Ozu Castle Second enclosure

Second enclosure



Ozu Castle Main enclosure (lower)

Main enclosure (lower)



Ozu Castle Main enclosure (upper)

Main enclosure (upper)



Ozu Castle Kouran turret

Kouran turret



Ozu Castle Daidokoro turret

Daidokoro turret



Ozu Castle Main tower

Main tower



Ozu Castle Inner moat

Inner moat



Ozu Castle South corner turret (Third enclosure)

South corner turret (Third enclosure)



Ozu Castle Owata turret

Owata turret



Ozu Castle Hijikawa

Hijikawa




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