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Ozu Castle

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Structure, the history, charm of Ozu Castle

Ozu Castle is a castle (Flatland Mountain Castle) which was in current in Ozu, Ozu-shi, Ehime of Shikoku of Japan.

The land of Ozu is at the connection point of Oshu Kaido and Uwajima Kaido connecting Iyo to the north and south, and to the east there is a highway to Tosa country through the Shikoku mountain range. Also in the west there is Yawatahama which can be said as Ozu's port outside, Osu was historically in a place where it could be said to be a key hub of transportation although somewhat countrified a little. As natural strong position Hijikawa River flows through the northeast side of the castle, the defense of this area is firm.
 It is Toyofusa Utsunomiya who entered the province as a local governor in the late Kamakura period that constructed a castle for the first time on this country in 1331. Utsunomiya ruled around south Iyo for the next two hundred years, but surrendered by the Iyo dispatch of troops of Mori in 1568. And Naoyuki Ono of the vassal becomes the lord of this Castle. In 1585, Naoyuki Ono was conquered by Takakage Kobayakawa who received an order of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and Takakage Kobayakawa entered the country in Iyo in 350,000koku. Afterwards Katsutaka Toda entered as the lord of a Castle, but when Takatora TODO entered a fortress in 1595, this Castle was maintained as an early modern castle, and Yasuharu Wakizaka entered a fortress in 1609 and built up this Castle in the Castle which deserved to be a Castle. It is thought that now the seen Castle Tower was made at this time. In 1617, Sadayasu Kato entered this country in 60,000koku, and Kato ruled it as Ozu Feudal Lord afterward for 12 generations and reached the Meiji Restoration. Although after the Meiji Restoration it was destroyed as for most buildings in the castle, part of Castle Tower and Oar of Honmaru was stored by the activity of local people. However, the Castle Tower was dismantled for deterioration and a structural defect in 1888.
 The current Castle Tower was restored using a traditional method of construction in 2004. The Castle Tower is restored with Wooden Construction and regains the dignified appearance of ancient times.