Toba Castle

It has been some time since I have posted anything on this site, as I have been busy with our side project restoring a minka. But on one of our recent drives we came across an old castle site and I was reminded how much I love these ruins. 

So I will try and post a few more of the castles we have visited over the past 18 months that have never made it to this blog. Jcastle has lots of interesting factual information about this castle so I wont go into this here. 

However, if you take the ferry ride across the bay the castle is right there, and parts of it are slowly being restored. An old school that is no longer operational encompassed much of the main bailey. But there are some wonderful views and interesting stone work that make the castle worth visiting. 

Hanami
I just couldn’t help myself from taking a million photos of the glorious sakura trees in the local area.

Hanami

I just couldn’t help myself from taking a million photos of the glorious sakura trees in the local area.

Toba Castle - Mie Prefecture
Located within walking distance of the ferry. This castle was also known as the floating castle, in which its main gate faced the ocean. 

Toba Castle - Mie Prefecture

Located within walking distance of the ferry. This castle was also known as the floating castle, in which its main gate faced the ocean. 

Ise Bay

Some of the glorious Islands scattered across the picturesque Ise Bay.

Cape Irago - Ise wan Ferry
Leaving Tahara and the Atsumi peninsula in Aichi, taking in a relaxing 60 minute cruise across the Ise Bay bound for Toba in Mie and the Ise Shima peninsula. 

Cape Irago - Ise wan Ferry

Leaving Tahara and the Atsumi peninsula in Aichi, taking in a relaxing 60 minute cruise across the Ise Bay bound for Toba in Mie and the Ise Shima peninsula. 

Minka - Japanese Farmhouses

I have been a little distracted of late with a new side project, the restoration and renovation of an old farmhouse or minka we recently purchased. I fell in love with these buildings years ago and always hunt them out when ever we go castle exploring. I cannot believe we actually own one with two naya (barns) and a kura ( store house). It is hard each weekend to leave the minka and return home to Tokyo. I am totally hooked.

Yoshida Castle - Aichi Toyohashi

The original castle was built in 1505 by Makino Kohaku and changed hands many times. The original palace collapsed following an earthquake in 1707 and in 1873 most of the remaining buildings were destroyed by fires. In 1954 the three story Kurogane Turret was reconstructed proudly overlooking the Toyo river.

Yoshida Castle - Aichi Toyohashi

Yoshida Castle - Aichi Toyohashi

While little remains of the original castle, considerable stonework surrounding the honmaru have been well persevered.

Yoshida Castle - Aichi Toyohashi