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"Kojō ezu(picture in Edo Period)" from 国立国会図書館

Collected by the Inagaki family, the Toba Daimyō from the mid-Edo period to the Meiji Restoration, as materials for military studies. There are about 350 illustrations, but there is no uniformity because only illustrations of castles, illustrations including castle towns, and old battlefield illustrations are mixed.

Another typical example of a castle picture in the Edo period is "The Shōhō Shiroezu", picture of the castle and castle town that the Edo Shogunate ordered the daimyō to create and submit,aggregating military information such as the buildings inside the castle, the height of the stone wall, the width of the moat and the water depth, etc., it also details the location and shape of the castle town and the mountain river.

Profile : Kōchi Castle Ruins

LocationKōchi City,  Kōchi Prefecture
Also known asTaka Castle (Taka simply means "Hawks")
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's nameMt.Ōtakasaka
Conditionoriginal main keep
Year builtabout mid 14th century
Castle lordYamauchi Clan
Refurbishment lordChōsokabe Motochika
Portrait of Yamauchi Kazutoyo from Wikipedia
Family Crest from "Bukan Complete Works" (produced by CODH)
adapted from "Classical Japanese National Data Set" (Kokubunken Collection)

The family crest was originally created from the pattern that the emperor and the royal family put on the kimono, and the pattern was made into a fixed pattern, and the one attached to his own oxcart is said to be the beginning of the family crest. The warlords drew large crests on the flag-fingers, used to distinguish enemy views on the battlefield, and used by the generals to determine which warlords were active and how much.

Kōchi Castle admission

admission fee : 420yen (Adult)
admission time : am9-pm5
closing period : December 26 - January 1 reference official site (japanese)

Kōchi Castle Google Map

Kōchi Castle Images 

The main keep , Honmaru palace and Otemon, built during the Edo period still exist. Highly noted that both the main keep and the Honmaru palace survive only in Kochi Castle. In addition, only three castles where both the Honmaru and Otemon survived across Japan
(Hiroshima Castle, Marugame Castle, and Kochi Castle)
It is a rare and valuable historical example in Japan where many of the buildings still exist, even built during the Edo period.

The main keep that was destroyed by the fire in 1727 was rebuilt in1749 as a Bōrō type with triple-six floors.
Honmaru on the summit, Ninomaru is located on the north side, slightly lowered, and Sannomaru is located one step below the east side. Honmaru and Ninomaru are separated by the gate in the part of the Horikiri. The structure is integrated with the southern corridor.
the Ottemon Gate (main gate)
Huge stone wall with beautiful shape
the moat
The famous samurai from Kochi prefecture “Sakamoto Ryoma”, a historical person who is said to be known by all Japanese, was a samurai from the Tosa Clan there. Deeply involved in the defeat Tokugawa Shogunate and the Meiji Restoration, he is known as a leader in modernization of Japan. His assassination was too great loss for the country in 1867.

Link-1 : Original Main Keep

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Link-2 : A castle designed by "Master of the castle" [block]15[/block]

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