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.
Take the JR Train to Kuba Station (玖波駅) and then walk 30 minutes mainly along Route 2. Kamei Castle Ruin is in Kamei Park (亀居公園). This castle ruin could be better signposted and maintained. It was terribly overgrown in mid-summer when I visited.
|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||Free and open castle park|
|Location||Otake, Hiroshima Prefecture|
|Coordinates||34° 14' 26", 132° 12' 59"|
|Year Visited||Viewer Contributed|