Thursday, January 20, 2022

Mihara Castle Ruins

I really liked these yellow trains in Hiroshima Prefecture.

After leaving Fukuyama Castle, and continuing in Hiroshima Prefecture I made a stop at Mihara Station. This Octopus shrine is inside the station.  

The train station runs right through the former castle site, which mostly consists of stone walls and the moat.

From JCastle - - - 

Kobayakawa Takakage built this large scale castle with 3 baileys, 32 sumi yagura (corner yagura), and 14 gates. It was built on the coast and connected two islands giving rise to the nickname Ukishiro, or "floating castle." Kobayakawa moved from Shin Takayama Castle, a typical mountaintop castle, to this site to better manage the Mori's sea forces and to help protect from Oda Nobunaga who was advancing from the East.

The third son of Mori Motonari, Kobayakawa Takakage was responsible for developing the naval forces which took part in the subjugation of Kyushu, Shikoku, Odawara and also took part in the advances on Korea. 

After Hideyoshi conquered Kyushu, Kobayakawa was rewarded with more lands in Chikuzen, Chikugo and Bizen. He moved to Najima Castle in the East of Fukuoka and renovated much of Najima castle, which was also a seaside castle. In 1595 after handing over the Chikuzen and Chikugo to his son, he retired to Mihara Castle where he died in 1597. 

The tenshu foundation of Mihara Castle was the largest ever built, similar in size to that of Edo castle, but the main keep was never actually built. Mihara Castle escaped demolition during the Meiji Period so that it could be used as Imperial naval base. It was later decommissioned and Mihara Train Station was built on the site in 1894. At this time all the buildings were destroyed and much of the stone walls torn down. The honmaru was further cut to make way for the bullet train in 1975.

It was a beautiful day and I was able to get some reflection photos.

The day is early yet and I am on to the next castle.

If you are interested in Japanese Castles, you can find links to other castle visits I've made on my Japanese Castle page.


kiwikid said...

The train was handy for that castle! Your reflection photos are wonderful.

Vireya said...

The octopus shrine seems strange enough, but it being inside the station just adds to the strangeness!

Anonymous said...

It's sober but the octopus is cute.🐙
The stone wall in the reflection photo is very beautiful.
And beautiful blue.🏯

diamondc said...

Pamela: It looks like an amazing day trip, I thank-you for the information on the Castles heritage, it's amazing how so many sites are still preserved.
The reflections are lovely.
Thank-you for the link, I always like to read about other cultures.
The Octopus Shrine is an interesting idea, I love the eyes on the octopus faces.

Have a lovely day

Queeniepatch said...

It is nice to see how the castle walls and moats form parts of the modern city. Such beautiful reflections in the water.

Leonore Winterer said...

Amazing how clear the water is in this moat - only in Japan!