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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 : Takatō Castle Ruins

LocationIna City, Nagano Prefecture
Also known asKabutoyama Castle
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's name
Elevation800m
ConditionRuins 
DesignationNational Historic Sites
Year builtunknown
Abolished1872
Castle lordunknown
Refurbishment lordTakeda Shingen
Portrait of Takeda Shingen from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Takeda 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.
Portrait of Oda Nobunaga from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Oda Clan from Wikipedia

Takatō Castle Ruins admission

admission fee : free ※Sakura Festival (April 1-April 30) : 500yen (above high school students) 250yen (above elementary school students)
admission time : free
closing period : reference official site

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Takatō Castle Ruins Images 

In the old days, Suwa Clan ruled this land. However, entering the Warring States era, Takeda Shingen destroyed Mr. Takatō and entered the market. Shingen ordered Yamamoto Kansuke, the Takeda's milrtary and castle master, a major renovation of Takato castle (Kabutoyama Castle), which had been built on the terrace where the Mibu River and the Fujisawa River meets.
Enlarged Honmaru, Ninomaru, Sannomaru and multiple kuruwa, separated by trenches, cleverly utilizing the natural terrain.
Although it was a territory of the "Takeda-style castle method", Oda Nobunaga's "Koshū attack" dropped the castle in just one day.
Ōun Bridge, wooden, the crossing of the bridge is the gate called the Tonyamon Gate.
Ōun means "a full of cherry blossoms". When the season comes, it looks as if you are crossing the sea of ​​cherry blossoms.
the Taiko Yagura built at the ruins of the Honmaru south corner yagura in1913.

During the Tokugawa period, the drums at the castle gate were sounded when an even number of hours came every day. It was said that was very useful to inform the leaving of the clan and the time of the castle townspeople (from sign board)
Stone wall of Ōtemon (the main gate)

Honmaru stands behind the cliffs of the Mibu River, and is a solid turf that surrounds it in a semicircular shape with Ninomaru and Sannomaru, and is tightly guarded by trenchs between the kuruwa and the earthworks. At present, almost no buildings remain. Instead, stone walls, trenches and earthworks give you the atmosphere of the Warring States period.
Torench of Ninomaru
Hakuto bridge (白兎 : Hakuto means white rabbit)

At the beginning of 19th century, there was a local celebrity named Hirose Jirōzaemon who runs the brewing industry. Named after his pen name "White rabbit", who was good at waka(和歌) and Kyōgen(狂言) (from sign board)
Takato Castle Ruins Park is one of the most famous cherry blossom spots in Japan.
Every year during the cherry blossom viewing season from early April to early May, the "Takatō Ruins Park Sakura Festival" is held. Nighttime lighting also done, and visitors from all over the country come to see the flowers.

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