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Kouchi Castle

Kouchi Castle
(Tosa Province/Kochi Prefecture)

The land that the current Kouchi-jo is in had another one, Otakasakayama-jo, built by Motochika Chosokabe in the 15th year of Tensho era (1587). However, the drainage system was poor, and Motochika moved to Urato-jo after it was finished.
After that, Katsutoko Yamauchi was given Tosa for his deeds in the Battle of Sekigahara, and occupied Urato-jo at first. However, as Urato-jo was suited for water routes, it was unable to make a big castle town. For that purpose, he set eyes on Mt. Otakasaka, and built a castle there.
Its construction started in the 6th year of Keicho era (1601), and the inner citadel (Honmaru) was finished in 1603, with the entire castle finishing in 1611. During this time, Katsutoyo passed away, leaving the second generation Tadayoshi to take over.
The castle tower was built, but in the 12th year of Kyoho era (1727) a large fire broke out, and most of the castle along with the castle tower were lost. After that, the burnt castle was rebuilt, and finished in the 1st year of Kan'ei era (1748). The castle tower, Otemon and the inner citadels (Honmaru Goten) still remain intact today.

(2006/10/1 、2009/1/2 、2011/12/23 )

Kouchi Castle
Water moat
Kouchi Castle Water moat
Main gate
Kouchi Castle Main gate
Sugi-no-dan
Kouchi Castle Sugi-no-dan
Ume-no-dan
Kouchi Castle Ume-no-dan
Bell tower
Kouchi Castle Bell tower
Stone wall of third enclosure
Kouchi Castle Stone wall of third enclosure
Third enclosure
Kouchi Castle Third enclosure
Second enclosure
Kouchi Castle Second enclosure
Tsumemon gate
Kouchi Castle Tsumemon gate
Kurogane gate (Main enclosure)
Kouchi Castle Kurogane gate (Main enclosure)
Rouka gate (Main enclosure)
Kouchi Castle Rouka gate (Main enclosure)
West tamon turret (Main enclosure)
Kouchi Castle West tamon turret (Main enclosure)
East tamon turret (Main enclosure)
Kouchi Castle East tamon turret (Main enclosure)
Main tower
Kouchi Castle Main tower
Main enclosure palace
Kouchi Castle Main enclosure palace
Inside of Main enclosure palace
Kouchi Castle Inside of Main enclosure palace
Okawa-suji Samurai residence
Kouchi Castle Okawa-suji Samurai residence
Chidou-kan
Kouchi Castle Chidou-kan
Terrace house of suburban residence
Kouchi Castle Terrace house of suburban residence

Map


Tosa Province
Kouchi Castle
Okou Castle
Urato Castle
Aki Castle
Nakamura Castle
Asakura Castle
Motoyama Castle
Hasuike Castle

Kochi Prefecture
Kouchi Castle
Okou Castle
Urato Castle
Aki Castle
Nakamura Castle
Asakura Castle
Motoyama Castle
Hasuike Castle

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Kouchi Castle Water moat

Water moat



Kouchi Castle Main gate

Main gate



Kouchi Castle Sugi-no-dan

Sugi-no-dan



Kouchi Castle Ume-no-dan

Ume-no-dan



Kouchi Castle Bell tower

Bell tower



Kouchi Castle Stone wall of third enclosure

Stone wall of third enclosure



Kouchi Castle Third enclosure

Third enclosure



Kouchi Castle Second enclosure

Second enclosure



Kouchi Castle Tsumemon gate

Tsumemon gate



Kouchi Castle Kurogane gate (Main enclosure)

Kurogane gate (Main enclosure)



Kouchi Castle Rouka gate (Main enclosure)

Rouka gate (Main enclosure)



Kouchi Castle West tamon turret (Main enclosure)

West tamon turret (Main enclosure)



Kouchi Castle East tamon turret (Main enclosure)

East tamon turret (Main enclosure)



Kouchi Castle Main tower

Main tower



Kouchi Castle Main enclosure palace

Main enclosure palace



Kouchi Castle Inside of Main enclosure palace

Inside of Main enclosure palace



Kouchi Castle Okawa-suji Samurai residence

Okawa-suji Samurai residence



Kouchi Castle Chidou-kan

Chidou-kan



Kouchi Castle Terrace house of suburban residence

Terrace house of suburban residence




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