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"Kojōezu (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 : Wakayama Castle Ruins

LocationWakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture
Also known as
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's nameMt.Torafusu (named the shape of a tiger lying down)
Elevation48.9m 
ConditionReconstructed main keep
DesignationNational Important Cultural Properties
National Historic Sites
National Site of Scenic Beauty
Year built1585
Abolished1871
Castle lordToyotomi Hidenaga
Refurbishment lordAsano Yukinaga
Portrait of Toyotomi Hidenaga from Wikipedia
Family Crest Toyotomi Clan from "Wikipedia"

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.

Wakayama Castle admission

admission fee : 410yen (Adult) 200yen(above elementary school students)
admission time : am9-pm5:30
closing period : December 29-31 reference official site (japanese)

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Wakayama Castle Images 

Wakayama Castle started in 1585 when Toyotomi Hidenaga built a simple castle at Mt. Torafusu. Renovated by Yukinaga Asano in 1600, then Tokugawa Yorinobu, the tenth child of Tokugawa Ieyasu, became a castle lord and was greatly remodeled. He is the grandfather of the 8th general Tokugawa Yoshinobu.
In Nawabari, Ninomaru and Minaminomaru concentrically surround the main keep and Honmaru. The large main keep is double. The smaller tower, Inui Yagura, and Ninomon are connected by Tamon Yagura. However, the original large main keep was burned down by a lightning strike in the mid-Edo period and rebuilt, but was burned down again by air raids during World War II.
The highlight is the stone wall. It was built over the three phases of the Toyotomi Clan, Asano Clan and Tokugawa eras, and you can enjoy the modernization of construction methods with different types of stones.
Ichinohasi Bridge and Ōtemon Gate

From the middle of the Asano period, it became main gate, ”Ōtemon“.The current was rebuilt in 1983.
Okagucimon gate

In addition to the large main keep, many important cultural properties were destroyed by the war, but this Okaguchimon gate is a very valuable heritage that survived miraculously.
Complex - Renritsushiki (連立式)
The main keep and multiple smaller tower/yagura are each connected by watari-yagura or tamon yagura to completely enclose a small courtyard or the entire honmaru bailey.
The restored Ohashi corridor( about 27m long and about 3m wide) is bridge to go between Ninomaru and Nishinomaru It has a roof and is invisible from the outside. Because of unusual structure that descends at an angle of 11 degrees from the Ninomaru side, so steps are provided to prevent slippage.
In the past, only lords and attendants could go through. Now it has been restored as a bridge through which anyone can pass.
Nishinomaru Park

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