Kōfu Castle : A Study of Japanese Bibliography

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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 : Kōfu Castle Ruins

LocationKōfu City, Yamanashi Prefecture
Also known asMaizuru Castle, Ichijoukoyama Castle
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's name
DesignationNational Historic Sites
Yamanashi Historic Sites
Year builtabout 1583
Castle lordKatō Mitsuyasu
Refurbishment lordAsano Nagamasa , Asano Yukinaga
Portrait of Katō Mitsuyasu from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Katō 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.

Kōfu Castle admission

admission fee : free ( Yamanotegomon Gate in Kōfu City Historical Park )
admission time : am9-pm5 ( Park : always open )
closing period : December 29 - January 3 every Monday (※Tuesday if Monday is holiday) reference official site

Kōfu Castle Google Map

Kōfu Castle Images 

Yamanotemon Gate

Kōfu Castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who had unified the world in the land of Ichijō-koyama, sent Katou Mitsuyasu. After that, Asano Nagamasa and YUkinaga seemed to have completed the project. After the Battle of Sekigahara, Tokugawa Ieyasu made it a castle for a family, and later in the year, Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu became the castle owner, and further developed the castle and castle town. In recent years, based on excavations restoration is progressing.
Ruins of main keep basic

Although these stone walls still exist, there is no record that the main keep actually existed. But it is possible that a authentic main keep had been built.

There are more than 200 painted stones have been found on the stone walls of Kōfu Castle, including Five dead stars, triangles, fish, birds, etc. The reason why these drawings were drawn is not clear, but there are many patterns that lead to Onmyōdō (occult divination system based on the Taoist theory of the five elements ). Therefore, it is considered to be meaningful for safety prayers and amulets. It is unique to Kōfu Castle and is rare throughout the country. Line drawings are easy to see when the sun is shining, so it is recommended to look for them around noon on a sunny day.
Yamanote-Watari yaguramon Gate
Kuroganemon Gate restored in 2013
Shōinmon Gate restored in 1999
Butokuden Hall
Kendō hall overlooking Kōfu Castle's stone wall and Kōfu town from the window.
Takeda Shrine in Kōfu City is a popular tourist spot where the famous Takeda Shingen is dedicated. In addition, Kōfu wine, a specialty product, is famous as one of the leading domestic wines in Japan, because it is possible to harvest high-quality grapes since ancient times.

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