Nov
3
2013

Authentic and Majestic: Ozu Castle in Ehime

In September 2012 I had a long weekend and decided to go on a small castle tour through Ehime Prefecture. After visiting Imabari Castle and Uwajima Castle, the next one to explore was Ozu Castle.

smilie Visited: September 24th 2012 smilie

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

Getting to Ozu Castle

Ozu Castle (大洲城) is located in Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture (map) on Shikoku.

You can see the castle already from within the train. From JR (Iyo) Ozu Station it’s a short (~ 20 mins) and pleasant walk towards the castle with many chances to take nice photos along the way!

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

History of Ozu Castle

Ozu Castle is also known as Jizougatake Castle (地蔵ヶ嶽城) and was built by Utsunomiya Toyofusa in 1331.

The current reconstruction of the castle is based on a structure that dates back to the Keicho Era (1596-1614). Among the many lords of the castle were Wakisaka Yasuharu, Kobayakawa Takakage, Todo Takatora (see also Imabari Castle) and Toda Katsutaka.

After the Meiji Restoration a fire destroyed the main turret.

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

The Current Main Keep (2004)

In 2004 the keep was reconstructed after old photos of the Meiji Era and wooden models have been studied carefully. These historical materials made it possible to rebuild it as precisely as possible.

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

They also tried to use the same material as back then such as wood and mud.

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

Inside the castle’s keep is a small museum. You’ll also run into “Ryoma Sakamoto” a lot who was born in Shikoku (Tosa, Kochi Prefecture to be precise).

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

As you can see I visited in late September 2012.

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

Most castles usually exhibit armor and weapons, but Ozu Castle focuses on architecture with a lot of wooden models.

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

This lovely done model shows the construction of Ozu Castle back in the Keicho Era.

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

This model of a roof section shows how complex Japan’s old building techniques were.

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

This is my entrance ticket to the castle.

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

From the castle grounds you have a great view over Ozu City. The large Hijikawa River runs through the city.

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

I mentioned earlier that you can see the castle from within the train, but you can – vice versa – also see the trains from up there.

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

The castle grounds are spacious, so there’s more to see than just the main keep.

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

A lot of the castle walls still remain.

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

And there’s also a tiny garden where you can relax and enjoy the view of the castle.

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

Besides the castle’s main keep and the walls, there are also some small yagura left.

Ozu Castle in Ehime Prefecture

Ozu City is a pleasant and quiet city that deserves to be explored. If you have the time, you should do so after visiting the castle!

Stay tuned. I’ll show you around in Ozu City next time. :D

 

T O U R I S T     I N F O R M A T I O N
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 (enter before 16:30)
Holidays: no closing days
Entrance fee: 500 yen (adult); 200 yen (children until jr. high)
Time required: at least 30 mins
TEL: (+81)0893-24-1146
Website: http://www.city.ozu.ehime.jp/
Access: JR (Iyo) Ozu Station: Either walk for 20 mins or take a taxi (~ 5 mins).

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