Southeast Tower (Tatsumi Yagura)
It’s a three-story tower which was built at the southeast end of Inner Citadel (Honmaru). It’s a corner Yagura with 5 Ken of beam (9.09 m), 4 Ken of girder (7.27 m), and 7 Ken 1 Sun of height (12.19 m), with hipped roof and gable wall in the east and west.
With a splendid undulating gable (Kara-hafu) at the eaves of the first story and a soft dormer and plover gable (chidori-hafu) at the eaves of the second story, and the eaves of the third story are placed with a strong straight line.
For the gable of the third story, a dormer and plover gable (chidori-hafu) is placed on the first story, and the second story has a straight line
It’s the same as the way of building it on the east side, but there is no window at the second and third stories.
There is no window as same as the west side at the second and third stories. It’s on the side facing the castle and the first story has the entrance.
Pine wood is often used.
In the great repair in 1982 (Showa 57), it was revealed that all the timber such as pillars, rafters, beams, etc. were unified standardized buildings, newly built with the latest technology at the time and waste materials etc were not used.
Southwest Tower (Hitsujisaru Yagura)
In the Akashi Castle where a main castle tower wasn’t built, it’s the turret with the largest scale. It’s located just south of the castle tower, and it seems to have played a role of main castle tower.
It’s with hipped roof with 6 Ken of beam (10.90 m), 5 Ken of girder (9.09 m), and 7 Ken 2 Shaku 9 Sun of height (13.60 m), gable wall faces to the north and south, and the direction of the building is totally different compared to Southeast Tower (Tatsumi Yagura).
In the great repair in 1982 (Showa 57), it became clear from the structure that it was transferred from somewhere, which supported the theory of relocation from Fushimi Castle.
With a dormer and plover gable (Chidori-hafu) at the first story, with undulating gable (Kara-hafu) at the second story and the third story has hipped roof.
It faces to the castle and the first story has windows at the entrance and south corner. There are the eaves at first story. The third story has a powerful straight line, but the second story has a luxurious creation of the double gable with a dormer and plover gabel (Chidori-hafu) on undulating gable (Kara-hafu).
On the north side, there are few windows on the side facing the castle, and only the first and third stories have windows.
The west side is an important to see the Harima Plain, and it was built like the one that enlarged the southern face of the Southeast Tower (Tatsumi Yagura), and it’s suitable substitute for the castle tower.
Many woodgrained pine trees are used, with reminiscent of luxurious making before transfer.