Ozu Castle 大洲城
|Structure||4 levels, 4 stories|
|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ☆|
|Historical Site||Prefectural Historic Site|
|Historical Value||Top 100 Castles, Important Cultural Properties|
Important Cultural Properties:
Sannomaru South Sumi Yagura, Owata Yagura, Daidokoro Yagura, Koran Yagura
|Location||Ozu, Ehime Pref.|
|Access||Iyo Ozu Sta. (Yosan Line), taxi|
|Website||Ozu City Sightseeing - Ozu Castle|
|Visited||Feb. 27, 2016|
|Visitor Info.||open 9am-5pm year round; 500 yen | Time Required: 120 mins|
|Notes||This castle is a must see. Besides the 4 original yagura designated Important Cultural Properties, the reconstructed wooden main keep is beautiful. I've heard it said that in 100 years this would be Important Cultural Property quality. The castle is so picturesque in the valley along that river that you could probably spend a whole day moving around the town to take photos from many locations. It started to rain in the afternoon and I had to cut my visit shorter than I would have liked.|
|History||The first fortifications on this site were constructed in 1331 by Utsunomiya Toyofusa. From 1585-1617 the castle was ruled by a quick succession of lords including Kobayakawa Takakage, Toda Katsutaka, Todo Takatora and Wakisaka Yasuharu. The castle you see today was most likely built up during this time. Kato Sadayasu arrived in 1617 and his descendents ruled until the Meiji Restoration. The main keep was destroyed in 1888. The reconstruction was completed in 2004 using wood and traditional methods. It also connects 2 of the original yagura.|
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Ozu, Ehime Pref.