This castle had eleven baileys: Honmaru, Ninomaru, Sannoumaru, Arinomaru, Nashinomaru, Matsunomaru, Nagoyamaru, Junomaru, Tsumenomaru, Kagaminomaru, and Myokenmaru. The first eight baileys listed were spread out in a line on a small hill, 88m above sea-level at its highest point. This fortress also had a three-storey castle keep and a port in the castle town at the base of the castle. The castle had a short military life and was decommissioned in 1611 after Tokugawa realized that the Mori Clan posed no real military threat. It was called Kamei Castle because of the shape of the terrain that the castle was built on. It was said to look like a turtle lying on its stomach.
The stone walls were much more impressive and the site was more extensive than I had expected. This is definitely a castle worth visiting. Some of the walls have obviously been rebuilt and look in a cleaner condition while some walls look more like they've been untouched giving them a more ancient castle ruins atmosphere. Some of the rebuilt wall structures however don't quite look faithful to the original to me. For example the convenient road alongside the main baileys and the stone walls along the road up. When the buildings were demolished or moved in 1611, the site was abandoned. Much of the walls fell into ruin and were buried over the years, but continuous surveys and studies have rebuilt the castle to what you see today.
|English Name||Kamei Castle|
|Castle Condition||Ruins only|
|Designations||Local Historic Site|
|Historical Period||Edo Period|
|Access||Kuba Sta. (JR Sanyo Line) 30 min walk or 10 min bus|
|Visitor Information||park, open any time|
|Time Required||90 mins|
|Location||Otake, Hiroshima Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 14' 26.12" N, 132° 12' 59.26" E|
|Visits||November 9, 2018|
|Added to Jcastle||2012|