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Words-and-Pictures: Yamanaka Castle Ruins

(as seen on September 15th, 2001, on the Old Tokaido section of the Aki Meguri)

Note: The remains of Yamanaka Castle are located between Hakone and Mishima in Shizuoka Prefecture, which are Stations # 10 and 11 respectively (from Tokyo) on the Old Tokaido Highway.  You can read about my visit to the castle in my Logbook.  You may also choose to start reading about my Tokaido journey at the beginning, or start at the top of my Aki Meguri pages.
 
This castle was built about 400 years ago, using the "Hojo" style of technology and construction technique.  It was positioned to protect the western approaches to Odawara Castle.  Because it was a "mountain castle" some of the moats were dry, using "sliding paper door" barriers.  Also, this castle was built without stone: wooden forms were made, then filled with earth.

An overview
The "Kita-Maru" or northern enclosure

Tenshu Yagura (tower) remains
The "sliding paper door"-style barriers in a dry moat

A (modern?) bridge across a moat
A pond near the bottom of the castle

The gate of an associated shrine
 
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