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Structure, the history, charm of Ki Castle

Ki Castle is a castle (Mountain Castle) which was in current Kinojousan Mountain of Soja-shi, Okayama of Japan.

In a mystery castle not to appear to an official history book including " Nihon-shoki (the oldest chronicles of Japan) " at all, the accurate construction year of this castle is unidentified. However, as a result of the excavation survey it turned out that it was built in the latter half of the 7th century.
By a fight of " Hakusukinoe " of 663 years, an army of the Yamato Imperial Court was soundly beaten by the Allied Forces of Tang, Silla. It is supposed that it may be one of " The Ancient Mountaintop Castles " built in each place of West Japan for invasion of the Allied Forces of Tang, Silla afterwards. This Ki Castle is almost provided with facilities necessary for Yamashiro. It may be said that it is rare finished " The Ancient Mountaintop Castles " while there is much unfinished Yamashiro. Earthwork and a Castle Wall are built for 2.8 kilos around Kinojousan Mountain which turned down an earthenware mortar, it is confirmed by excavation that there was a Side Gate in four places of north, south, east and west and a water gate for the drainage was in six places. In the center in the castle, Five traces of the building thought to be the raised storehouse to store food and Two traces of the building thought to be the management ridge were excavated. " Flagstones " to protect a Castle Wall was discovered. This was the first thing in the country. This Ki Castle is known as the tradition ground of " Ogre Extermination by Kibitsuhiko-no-mikoto " from ancient times. Around building group, the remains such as the tile tower, jar, bowl concerned with Buddhism are excavated. From the Asuka era after the abandoned castle of Ki Castle through the Heian era, mountains temple was run in this ground.

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