Gochaku Castle, Miyao Castle, Iwakuni Castle

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Gochaku Castle, Miyao Castle, Iwakuni Castle


This update combines some castles from different trips that didn't fit anywhere else.

Miyao Castle and To-no-oka are on Miyajima Island and were just short stops while on Miyajima, which was the main event. Historically they are actually very interesting castle sites nonetheless. Knowing the story of the Battle of Miyajima would make any trip more enjoyable.

On the way to Miyajima we stopped by Iwakuni Castle to see the Kintaikyo Bridge but we didn't have enough time to go to the top of the mountain to see the mock keep there and get to Miyajima before the tide came in. There are some great stone wall remains I would like to see there someday. This update is mainly for new photos of the bridge and the Nagayamon Gate.

Gochaku Castle, while relatively unknown, is also a significant new castle, as one of the three great castle of Harima and for the close connection to Kuroda Kanbei. Click through to the profile for more details. This is within Himeji city limits and an easy side stop combined with a visit to Himeji Castle.

Gochaku Castle / 御着城


There is not much to see here but it is an easy walk from nearby Gochaku Station and an easy castle to drop by if you have some time after visiting Himeji Castle. Even though it was a fairly large castle it has been mostly developed over. There is a small portion of earthen embankment nearby that is thought to date to the original castle. Excavations have also found cornerstones and moats. It is most famous today for the Kuroda family mausoleum and is often listed as an attraction in Kuroda related history sites. The stone bridge on the site is not related to the castle but is an interesting historical artifact. It was built over the Amakawa River in 1828. It is now preserved here arching over the remnant of one of the moats of Gochaku Castle. The extra stones are from making the bridge shorter to fit the location.
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